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Construction Management Technology

Learn the varied and challenging principles and practices used to manage construction projects.

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Start Date:
September
Typical Length:
2 Years (Varies for part-time studies)
Credential:
Diploma

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Overview

Many of today's senior construction leaders are graduates of this highly respected program. It's a good fit for a self-motivated and organized person who would enjoy working as an administrator or supervisor in the construction industry.

You gain an understanding of the basic principles and practices used to manage construction projects, from contract administration, to estimating costs and coordinating worksites. You also get real experience working in an actual construction setting.

Work experience

  • Field experience (work placement) is a mandatory credit course completed at the end of your program. It provides you with the opportunity to apply your knowledge and skills outside of the classroom.
  • Opportunities are typically unpaid and last approximately 5 weeks.
  • Transportation, accommodations and other costs related to work placements are your responsibility.
  • This program is eligible for an optional cooperative education (co-op) credit course between year one and two.
  • Co-op provides an opportunity for paid, full-time work placement that lasts 12 to 16 weeks.
  • Our co-op program follows Co-operative Education and Work-Integrated Learning Canada (CEWIL) guidelines.
  • For more information visit Work Experience Opportunities

Study options

  • This program is available for part-time study.
  • When applying for part-time study, you must meet all the admission requirements.
  • Once admitted, you're referred to a campus for course selection.
  • The time to complete the program through part-time study will vary and depend on the schedule you choose and the number of courses you complete each term.

Choose NSCC

  • This program was developed by NSCC and the Construction Association of Nova Scotia (CANS) to meet a real need in the industry.
  • This program is accredited by the Canadian Technology Accreditation Board (CTAB), a standing committee of the Canadian Council of Technicians and Technologists (CCTT). CTAB accreditation means that this program has been evaluated against standards designed by industry leaders across Canada and is recognized internationally. Graduates may be eligible for membership with TechNova, the certifying organization for Engineering and Applied Science Technicians and Technologists in Nova Scotia.

Other info

  • Three partial scholarships are awarded by the Nova Scotia Construction Labour Relations Association.
  • Some courses are available online.
  • This program places a high importance on providing you with skills and knowledge to work safely in industry. You participate in a number of introductory safety awareness courses to prepare for employment.
  • Many employers in this industry require a current, official Criminal Record check as part of the hiring process. A conviction on your criminal record may impact your ability to secure employment.

2021-22 programs

Program delivery may be subject to change based on Public Health guidelines.

September 2021

Campus Location Full time/part time Delivery Availability
Ivany Campus Dartmouth Full time In-class Seats available
Ivany Campus Dartmouth Part time In-class Seats available

Admission requirements

  • High School Graduation Diploma or equivalent, including Academic Grade 12 Math and Academic Grade 11 Physics.
    • International students – High school diploma equivalency and English language requirements vary by country. View details
  • If you do not have the required academic credits, NSCC offers a variety of credit courses through the Academic and Career Connections program.

Program requirements

  • Portfolio Development – As part of your studies at NSCC, you develop a portfolio of your work; the portfolio captures your achievements and profiles your skills to employers.

Tuition

Tuition is valid for the 2021-22 academic year. Program costs and fees (textbooks, supplies, etc.) are additional.

Tuition (Domestic):
$3,620
Tuition (International):
$11,690

Tuition, fees and program costs

Tuition for part-time study is calculated on a per-course basis and is paid at the beginning of each term.

In addition to annual tuition, there are program costs (books, tools, etc.) and student fees for college services, health and dental plans, your student association and parking.

View detailed program fees page(s). Please note that amounts on these pages are meant for planning purposes only. They don't represent final amounts owing.

Career options

  • Graduates of this program have been successful in securing employment with construction contractors, sub-contractors and material suppliers and engineering and architectural firms.
  • Most graduates enter the industry as junior estimators, assistant construction superintendents or project coordinators, while others pursue careers as technical sales representatives for construction-related projects and services

Future study options

  • Graduates may receive advanced standing in the pursuit of the Professional Quantity Surveyor designation with the Canadian Institute of Quantity Surveyors
  • Continue your studies at university – This program includes courses that count towards a university degree. Find out more

Courses may include

These are some of the courses offered in this program. It is not a complete list and courses are subject to change in advance of the academic year.

CADD 1010 - Computer Aided Drafting I
In this introduction to computer-aided drafting, students gain knowledge in the use of principles of computer-aided drafting software. The primary emphasis is the application of AutoCAD, an industry-standard computer-aided drafting program. Specific hardware used in the computer-aided drafting environment is introduced and utilized.

CMTG 1021 - Construction Materials I
This course is designed to introduce the learner to the art of building and renovating. The course will examine the use of a variety of building materials and how they are used in conjunction with one another to perform as a complete building system. Several complete building systems will be discussed to cover such information as their historical development, a review of how the material is obtained and processed, an outline of the people and organizations that work with the material, a description of the tools and working methods, and a discussion of the role of various systems in relation to alternative systems. Learners will also be introduced to a variety of construction equipment used in the industry. The focus of this semester is on wood, light frame wood construction techniques, the exterior and interior finishes for wood light frame construction, masonry, and steel frame construction.

CMTG 1022 - Construction Practices
This course will introduce the learner to the basics of concrete technology including materials, tools and working methods, discuss the construction industry and introduce the concepts of construction project management and scheduling. Municipal zoning bylaws will also be examined.

CMTG 1023 - Construction Materials II
This course is designed to introduce the learner to the art of building and renovating. The course will examine the use of a variety of building materials and how they are used in conjunction with one another to perform as a complete building system. Several complete building systems will be discussed to cover such information as their historical development, a review of how the material is obtained and processed, an outline of the people and organizations that work with the material, a description of the tools and working methods, and a discussion of the role of various systems in relation to alternative systems. Learners will also be introduced to a variety of construction equipment used in the industry. The focus of this course is on concrete construction, including sitecast and precast concrete framing systems, roofing, glass and glazing, cladding, and selection of interior finishes including walls, partitions, ceilings and floors.

CMTG 1024 - Construction Estimating I
This course is designed to introduce the learner to the accepted industry methods of reading, interpreting, and calculating material quantities from drawings and specifications, developing unit pricing and using these to estimate the cost of construction. Learners will start out with small trade estimates and as they progress, will perform complete cost estimates for construction projects. This course will include concrete work, and site work including excavation, backfilling, disposal of surplus excavated materials, and other miscellaneous site work. Learners will be exposed to both Imperial and Metric methods of measurement and will develop the skills necessary to convert units from one system to the other for pricing purposes. Included in the course are periods of supervised estimating lab time.

CMTG 1025 - Contracts and Regulations I
This course is designed to introduce the learner to standard construction contracting procedures and to the national, provincial and municipal regulations that affect the construction industry. The focus of this course is the law of contracts, a detailed study of the CCDC 2 (1994) Stipulated Price Contract, the significance of drawings and specifications and standard specifications, the standard CCA subcontract document, bid depositories, construction security and bonding, letters of intent, the Builders Lien Act, Statutory Declarations, letter of intent and an introduction to the requirements for a safe worksite.

CMTG 3022 - Construction Estimating II
This course provides the learner with the skills necessary to read drawings, interpret and calculate material quantities and estimate the cost of construction using accepted industry methods. The focus of this course will be large detailed estimating projects covering concrete, formwork, excavation and backfill, as well as estimates in wood frame and masonry construction. Included in the course are periods of supervised estimating lab time.

CMTG 3023 - Construction Technology I
This courses focuses on construction details and requirements for all stages of construction projects. This course will cover rules and regulations relating the design and construction of buildings and other structures, and will include a detailed study of the National Building Code. Environmental regulations and issues will also be examined.

CMTG 3024 - Construction Management I
This course is designed to introduce the learner to construction management duties as they relate to Site Supervision and Site Safety. This course focuses on the functions of management, duties and responsibilities of a superintendent and field engineer, ethical behaviour, record keeping and document control, conducting job site meetings, project quality control, material handling and effective project delivery.

CMTG 3025 - Construction Estimating III
This course is designed to introduce the learner to the accepted industry methods of reading, interpreting and calculating material quantities from drawings and specifications, developing unit pricing and using these to estimate the cost of construction. Learners will start out with small trade estimates and as they progress, will perform complete cost estimates for construction projects. The focus of this semester is on masonry, structural steel, drywall, built-up roofing and miscellaneous architectural trades as well as a unit price estimate for a highway underpass. Learners will be exposed to both Imperial and Metric methods of measurement and will develop the skills necessary to convert units from one system to the other for pricing purposes. Included in the course are periods of supervised estimating lab time.

CMTG 3026 - Construction Technology II
The course will cover aspects of municipal topics such as aggregates, soils and asphalts as building materials. Testing methods and procedures will be covered.

CMTG 3027 - Construction Management II
This course is designed to introduce the learner to construction management duties as they relate to project management. This course focuses on the functions of management, pre-bid site visits, planning activities of effective startup and closeout, estimating cash flow, preparing schedules based on estimates, principles of cost control and expediting, developing coded estimates/schedule of values/progress billings and comparing them to Progress Draw process.

CMTG 3028 - Contracts and Regulations II
This course is designed to introduce the learner to standard construction contracting procedures and to the national, provincial and municipal regulations that affect the construction industry. The focus of this course is on construction site safety, contract change orders and change directives, the documentation and submission of construction claims, costs associated with changes in the work and dispute resolution.

CMTG 3029 - Labour Relations
This course provides the learner with an understanding of labour relations between employers and workers. It is designed to introduce and demonstrate the depth of the practical relationship between two strong participants in the labour market. It is meant to broaden the knowledge of and build confidence in the practice of labour relations in the construction industry. Areas of investigation will include an overview of the development of labour and employment law and the principles of dispute resolution and collective bargaining in the Nova Scotia construction sector.

CMTG 3100 - Work Experience
The work experience component provides the learner with an opportunity to apply new skills and concepts appropriate for entry-level positions within the occupation. Learners will assess their own performance and be evaluated by an industry partner. Learners will identify personal outcomes they wish to attain during the work experience and will keep a journal.

COMM 1245 - Technical Communications I
This course introduces students to the writing, oral presentation, critical thinking and interpersonal communications skills required of technical professionals in the workplace. The fundamentals of clear, concise writing and presenting will be reviewed and refined. Experience will be gained in organizing, writing and presenting technical information. In addition, career development skills and portfolio preparation will be discussed. There will be several opportunities, through assignments and lab work, to develop portfolio components. Students will learn how to collect appropriate work samples and documentation from other courses in the program as well as from other sources.

COMM 2245 - Technical Communications II
This course focuses on the interpersonal, written and oral technical communication skills necessary for working independently and as part of a team in a technical environment. Further skill development in written forms of technical documentation required for the workplace as well as report creation and oral presentation skills will continue to be emphasized. Team building principles, group dynamics and collaborative writing will be discussed. Students will participate in meetings and take responsibilities in a group project from its inception to completion and evaluation. Students will continue to enhance and apply their research skills and project management principles will also be introduced. Successful job interviews and the portfolio will be discussed.

DRAF 1001 - Introductory Drafting
This course will introduce the learner to the equipment, techniques and principles of modern drafting. The focus is on orthographic 2D representation and includes freehand sketching, isometric and oblique drawing.

ENGI 1002 - Structural Design I
This course teaches typical layouts, loadings and material properties associated with structural systems. Basic structural design principles will be introduced in the areas of structural steel, reinforced concrete and timber.

ENGI 1003 - Electrical Services I
This course provides the learner with the basic understanding of electrical terminology, systems and services used in the construction industry. Introduced in the course are studies of systems for electrical residential distribution, wiring practices currently used in buildings being constructed.

ENGI 1004 - Mechanical Services I
This course, will introduce the learner to the mechanical service sector as it relates to the overall construction industry. The course is designed to give broad and current coverage of indoor environmental control. Learners who successfully complete Mechanical Services I will analyze and evaluate psychrometric processes; calculate heating and cooling loads; and describe and size basic heating piping, ducting and equipment.

ENGI 1006 - Electrical Services II
This course, provides the learner with the basic understanding of electrical terminology, systems and services used in the construction industry. Introduced in the course are studies of systems for lighting, electrical distribution, wiring devices, alarm systems, control systems, and other electrical systems currently used in buildings being constructed. Lighting and emergency systems will be evaluated against national and international energy efficiency standards.

ENGI 1007 - Mechanical Services II
This course will introduce the learner to the mechanical service sector as it relates to the overall construction industry. The course is designed to give broad and current coverage of air conditioning, plumbing and fire protection. Learners who successfully complete Mechanical Services II will identify materials, equipment and designs used for air distribution, heating, cooling, plumbing, and fire protection.

ENGI 1009 - Strengths of Materials
This course covers the basics of strength of materials as required for structural design courses. Topics include simple stress, deformation and strain, centre of gravity, properties of sections, and building loads.

ENGI 1014 - Physics
This is an introductory course in physics for building science. Topics include technical measurements and vectors, translational equilibrium and friction, and application of work, energy and power.

ENGI 1115 - Engineering Problems and Statics (A)
This is a single semester course covering the basic rules and laws of statics, forces, force systems, loading and load effects.

MATH 1014 - Technical Mathematics I
This course is intended to establish or enhance a strong mathematical background with an emphasis on problem solving. (Course equivalent to MATH 1046 (College Mathematics I)).

MATH 1015 - Technical Mathematics II
This course is intended to establish or enhance a strong mathematical background with an emphasis on problem solving. (Course equivalent to MATH 1047 (College Mathematics II)).

SAFE 1020 - Introduction to Confined Space
The learner is introduced to the basic requirements and procedures involved with confined spaces. The definition and associated hazards of confined space are discussed as well as methods of confined space rescue. The course material is to be infused throughout the curriculum and may be delivered in the classroom, shop or other opportunity as designed and developed by the instructor.

SAFE 1021 - Introduction to Hazard Identification
The learners are introduced to the types of hazards encountered in workplaces and the approach that should be followed when recommending and implementing appropriate controls. Two key elements of Hazard Identification are addressed: Hazard Assessment and Inspection. The Nova Scotia Occupational Health and Safety Act is discussed. The course material is to be infused throughout the curriculum and may be delivered in the classroom, shop or other opportunity as designed and developed by the instructor.

SAFE 1022 - Introduction to Fall Arrest and Protection
The learner is introduced to fall protection, fall prevention and fall arrest concepts and responsibilities at the workplace. Guardrails, travel restraints, roof work, fall arrest components will be discussed and the learner will be given the opportunity to demonstrate the use of selected equipment. The course material is to be infused throughout the curriculum and may be delivered in the classroom, shop or other opportunity as designed and developed by the instructor.

SAFE 1023 - Introduction to Lock-out Tag Out
Lock-out Tag Out introduces the learner to the hazards related to energized systems and procedures to ensure worker safety. Related legislation and risk management is discussed and the learner is exposed to the various types of lock-out devices. The course material is to be infused throughout the curriculum and may be delivered in the classroom, shop or other opportunity as designed and developed by the instructor.

SAFE 1024 - Introduction to Respiratory Protection
The learner is introduced to the potential of atmospheric hazards in the workplace and the available personal protection and control methods to maintain a safe work environment. Discussion includes identification and testing for atmospheric hazards and workplace respiratory programs. The learner will be given the opportunity to select, use and maintain respiratory equipment. The course material is to be infused throughout the curriculum and may be delivered in the classroom, shop or other opportunity as designed and developed by the instructor.

SURV 1001 - Surveying
This course prepares the learner to layout and control civil and building projects using surveying equipment. Learners will also be prepared to use techniques and perform the calculations associated with surveying operations.

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