10-Week Online Course: Construction Equipment and Methods

June 29, 2020 8:00 AM - 8:00 PM (EDT)

Description

Students should expect to spend 3-5 hours per week on course work.

It is important that the student keep up with the class and not fall behind. Course modules will be made available to students on Sunday of each week. Class work must be completed before the following Monday. Students will not be able to work ahead of the class although reading assignments will be made available in advance and posted in the Critical Course Information.

Construction Equipment and Methods will run from June 29, 2020 – September 6, 2020. The purpose of this Construction Equipment and Methods online course is to give the student an overall understanding of construction equipment and selected construction methods. This includes selection, economy, and productivity of common construction equipment and construction procedures for site development and industrial, heavy and civil construction. The course will introduce students to civil construction plans, determining earthwork quantities, equipment economics and utilization, equipment production rates, fundamentals of earth moving and excavating, loading and hauling equipment.

Class Organization and Grading:

The following table lists the learning modules, the maximum point value a student can receive within each module, and the week in which the modules must be finished.

In each module there are discussions (10 points), homework (10 points), and a quiz (10 points)

Module

Point Value

By end of week

Introduction to Construction Equipment30

1

Equipment Accounting and Acquisition Decisions30

2

Heavy Construction Blueprint Reading and Estimating30

3

Fundamentals of Earth moving30

4

Pushing, Ripping, and Dozing Equipment30

5

Digging and Hauling Equipment30

6

Trenching Equipment30

7

Compressors and Pumps30

8

Drilling and Blasting Equipment30

9

Course Review30

10

Total Points: 300


Learning Objectives:

By the end of this class you should be able to:

  • Learn how to best utilize construction equipment on site work and heavy civil projects
  • Become familiar with construction equipment and their capabilities
  • Understand standard designations, sizes, and gradations of equipment
  • Properly select heavy equipment based on applications, utilization, productivity, and other factors
  • Understand the elements of equipment cost and evaluating investment alternatives
  • Develop a basic understanding of unit price and earthwork quantities
  • Develop an increased awareness of civil construction blueprints
  • Be able to demonstrate awareness of construction safety related to earth moving operations

Participants will be provided with a text book, which includes 140 Large Prints, that they may keep. Text books will be mailed out prior to class starting.


Your instructor will be assigned prior to class depending on which section you are in.

  • Josef Alter, Construction Engineering Specialist

Time

June 29 - September 6

Location

ONLINE

United States

Contact Information

General Building Contractors Association | GBCA
Name: Angela Hendrix
Email: ahendrix@gbca.com

Students will need the following materials:

  • A calculator
  • An architectural scale
  • A couple of colored pencils
  • A spreadsheet program (Excel, Numbers).  An acceptable free spreadsheet program can be downloaded from OpenOffice.org,

Students will be provided with a textbook, Estimating in Building Construction, 9th Edition by Steven Peterson and Frank Dagostino, that they may keep. Text books will be mailed out prior to class starting.

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