Independent Building Contractor

Curriculum ARC.IBC.AAS (C235A)

Designed to provide the basic and advance skills and knowledge to go into business as an independent building contractor. The degree also is a gateway to a variety of applied careers in the construction and remodeling industries. Students will receive hands-on training in trades like carpentry, plumbing, and interior finishing, as well as obtain the financial and business knowledge to become a small business owner. Students will learn the state codes, laws, regulations and safety requirements for these activities. In addition to the possibility of developing a small business as an independent building contractor, graduates could enter an apprentice training program in a trade or work as a facility maintenance technician in residential and small commercial buildings.

Upon completion of this degree, students will be able to:

  • read and understand blueprint drawings;
  • follow all building codes and safety procedures;
  • demonstrate proper plumbing techniques;
  • learn and apply state codes, laws, regulation and proper use of safety tools;
  • understand and use sustainable building products;
  • demonstrate proper construction techniques;
  • demonstrate proper interior wall preparation;
  • estimate small construction projects; and
  • understand the financial and human resources need to own a business.

Associate in Applied Science Degree

Semester One

Credit Hours

 

ARC 102

OSHA 10-Hour Construction Training

1

 

BUS 107

Microsoft Office in Business Applications

3

 

IBC 100

Introduction to Independent Building Contracting

1

 

IBC 105

Carpentry: Rough Carpentry

3

#

MAT 102

Liberal Arts Mathematics

3

#

RHT 101

Freshman Rhetoric & Composition I2

3

 

 

 

14

Semester Two

 

ARC 103

Universal Building Codes

3

 

ARC 107

Construction Print and Specification Reading

3

 

BUS 150

Principles of Management

3

 

ENT 104

Electricity I

3

 

IBC 110

Plumbing: Fixtures, Valves and Faucets

3

 

IBC 205

Carpentry: Finished Carpentry

3

 

 

 

18

Semester Three

 

BUS 136

Entrepreneurship

3

 

ENT 201

Residential Wiring: Installation & Repair

3

 

IBC 210

Plumbing: Installation and Repair

3

#

IBC 230

Interior Preparation: Paints & Wallpaper

3

 

PSC 150

American National Politics

3

 

SPE 101

Principles of Effective Speaking2

3

 

 

 

18

Semester Four

 

ARC 258

Construction Cost Estimating

3

 

BUS 102

Small Business Accounting

3

 

BUS 127

Principles of Marketing

3

 

HTH 281

First Aid & CPR

2

 

HUM 124

Professional Ethics

1

#

IBC 250

Integrated Sustainable Construction Practices

4

 

 

 

16

 

 

Total credits required for graduation

66

See ARC course descriptions; BUS course descriptions; IBC course descriptions

See Humanities General Education requirements.

1MAT 102◊ meets the Science and Mathematics general education requirement.

2Students intending to transfer are encouraged to complete all three courses: RHT 101◊, RHT 102◊ and SPE 101◊ to meet university requirements.

Coordinator: Jo Beth Halpin, Ext. 3601