Civil Engineering Technician Level 1 Credential

Civil engineering students

The Civil Engineering Technician – Level 1 Credential provides students with skills development to succeed in an entry-level, Technician Level 1 position in civil engineering, construction, and public works.  The skills include construction print reading, construction materials, and an introduction to architectural Computer Assisted Drafting (CAD).

The Civil Engineering Technician - Level 1 Credential at Tompkins Cortland requires completion of three courses.
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CONT 104 Print Reading for Construction
3 credits

CONT 107 Construction Materials
3 credits

DRAF 117 Architectural Drafting I
3 credits

Print Reading for Construction

This course is an overview of interpreting and visualizing large-print, construction drawings both residential and commercial.  Site plans, architectural drawings, foundation, structural, residential framing, plumbing, HVAC, electrical, and welding prints are studied.  Green building characteristics are also included and careers in construction are reviewed.  Prerequisites:  Prior completion of, or concurrent enrollment in, ENGL 100 or ESL 120, 121, and 122.  3 cr. (3 Lec.)

Construction Materials

This is a first semester course designed primarily for Construction and Environmental Technology students. It is intended to develop familiarity with and an understanding of the properties of basic construction materials including concrete, steel, wood, aggregates, and masonry and to explore environmental regulations, alternative construction methods, and sustainability in the construction industry. Course content will be presented through lecture, class discussion, demonstrations, and field trips. Prerequisites: Prior completion of or concurrent enrollment in MATH 095 and RDNG 116 if required by placement testing. 3 Cr. (3 Lec.)

Architectural Drafting I

The first of a two course sequence intended to introduce and develop proficiency in basic drafting techniques used in building and construction drawing. In addition, related light construction principles are introduced. Using AutoCad, the student creates building plans, sections and details. Note: The course no longer includes any manual instrument drawing and it is not an architectural "design" course. Prerequisites: ENGL 099 or prior completion or concurrent enrollment in ESL 120, 121, and 122 (or prior completion of ESL 103) if required by placement testing; MATH 090 if required by placement testing; prior completion or concurrent enrollment in RDNG 116 if required by placement testing. 3 Cr. (2 Lec., 3 Lab.)