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Professional Certificate in Construction Management

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Required (10 units)
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Construction Management

This course introduces the principles and concepts of project management and construction management. Participants examine fundamental project planning and management tools, contracts and subcontracts formation and management, as well as public agencies with which construction managers commonly interact. Topics include defining and controlling the scope of a project, cost and material estimating, project scheduling and controlling, quality management, risk management, and construction design and materials functions, as well as the role and responsibilities of the construction manager.

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4 units

Construction Project Planning, Scheduling and Control Systems

Planning, scheduling and controlling construction projects with examination of various topics: cost control, contracts, client relations, project manuals, crisis management, claims management and scheduling methods like bar charts, network diagrams and Critical Path Method (CPM). Explores the trade-offs of time vs. cost vs. quality of construction. Also discusses purchasing, monitoring and control of long-lead items and the "fast track" process from design through construction completion.

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3 units

Fundamentals of Construction Costs, Estimating and Budgeting

This course provides an overview of the procedures and techniques for estimating construction project costs. Topics include preparation of quality surveys; development of material, labor and equipment costs; and pricing of contractor and subcontractor work from blueprints and working plans.

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3 units

Elective (8 units)
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Construction Budget, Accounting and Contract Management

This course covers topics such as the fundamentals of finance, cost management strategies, basic concepts and methods of financial and managerial accounting, cash flow and revenues projection, payment scheduling, and contract preparation and management. Participants explore the methods commonly used for cost budgeting, procurement of materials, equipment and labor, subcontracting, as well as control of the various financial components of a construction project.

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3 units

Construction Field Supervision

Study of field supervision as the best means by which to ensure a project is completed on time, within budget and with the highest quality workmanship. Participants learn the proper site staffing, including staffing the field office, leadership on the job site, and proper selection and supervision of subcontractors and inspectors. Additional topics include steps for ensuring the field supervisor promotes proper safety standards and emergency response procedures, personnel management, record handling, material and traffic control, and responsiveness to the client.

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2 units

Energy Management: Principles and Practice

Examines the latest trends, innovations and best practices for reducing costs associated with facilities usage. Topics include energy management principles and techniques, controlling energy usage and costs, conducting the energy audit, energy codes and standards, benchmarking energy use and performance, energy accounting, fuel rate structures, electric rate structures, economic analysis of alternative energy investments, financing energy projects, life cycle costing, energy suppliers and supply alternatives, electric energy management, lighting, HVAC systems costing and efficiency, insulation, LEED principles and practice, boilers and steam plants, cogeneration, equipment maintenance and replacement schedules and the role of energy management in overall planning and operations.

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3 units

Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC): Principles and Practice

Surveys the principles and practices to effectively design, implement and maintain HVAC systems. Participants examine heat transfer, air conditioning systems, air flow requirements, load calculations and human thermal-comfort principles. Topics include heating and air conditioning system requirements, air flow calculations, design elements and constraints, new building designs, retrofitting older buildings, green technology, current codes, efficiency requirements and standards, system maintenance, cost/benefit tradeoffs, zone control, system controls, electrical requirements and industry best practices. Real design challenges and performance measurements are discussed and participants view current systems to evaluate designs and maintenance issues.

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3 units

Microsoft Project - Comprehensive

Microsoft Project offers powerful project management tools with the right blend of usability, power, and flexibility, so users can manage projects more efficiently and effectively. Project is designed to improve the ability to organize work and communicate through familiar, powerful, easy-to-use tools. Through this course, participants learn to control project work, schedules and finances, and keep project teams aligned and more productive. The tools and techniques covered in this hands-on course apply equally to small or large projects in a wide range of professional applications. Topics include project schedule organization, maintenance, project outlining, resource and cost definition, task creation, GANTT chart layout, resource histograms, project tracking, and reports.

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3 units

Principles of Risk and Insurance Management

Introduction to risk and insurance management as applied to the work environment. Risk control, risk financing and claims administration will be explored. Among topics covered are the legal framework, insurance coverages, self-insurance options, loss reduction/prevention techniques, the relationship to workers' compensation and employee benefits. Case studies and current issues will be examined.

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4 units

Construction Drawings for the Building Trades

Examines the development, use and analysis of blueprints for construction managers, general contractors, various building trades including plumbers, electricians and others. Topics include preparing blueprints, identifying common blueprint terminology and styles, industrial blueprint requirements, analyzing important features, use of blueprints on the jobsite, developing key questions and challenges to information in blueprints, liability and limitations of blueprints, cost factors and tradeoffs, interpreting design elements and features, codes, structural requirements and engineering fundamentals.

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2 units

Sustainability and the Built Environment

Examine the fundamentals of sustainable design and construction concepts and practices in context with Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) as the basis for instruction. This course emphasizes the principles, practices and applications of integrated project delivery methodologies, sustainable construction applications and current industry innovations in sustainability as it relates to the built environment.

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3 units

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