The CT program has two options: Building Inspection and Construction Management. The Building Inspection option has an emphasis on code interpretation and project design. The Construction Management option has an emphasis on business management and project supervision. Students can enroll into an individual class in order to develop a specific skill set such as a license or industry certification, or complete a one-year vocational Certificate of Achievement degree, or complete a two-year Associate of Science degree, or prepare for transfer to a university-level Bachelor of Science program. Ventura College CT students are prepared for a wide range of construction-related positions such as self-employed contractors, building inspection, project designers, and various levels of supervision. The CT program provides many different courses to serve diverse student needs.
This is an advanced blueprint reading course for inspectors, contractors, and designers interested in commercial and industrial construction. This course will provide training in blueprint reading comprehension, system assemblies, and material specifications. Subjects to be covered will include soils, foundations, site work, concrete, masonry, structural steel, welding, and mechanical and electrical systems.
This course provides experience in construction blueprint reading and plan review. Experiences will include the study of lines, symbols, notations and dimensions used on architectural drawings. Code interpretation and design compliance will be stressed.
This course is offered in a woodworking shop facility. It is a study of operations commonly performed in furniture and cabinet shops. Topics will include safety procedures, material selection, project design, wood fabrication, assembly methods and finishing procedures. Students will work on individual woodworking projects as they learn both shop safety and craftsmanship.
This course will provide a review of the National Electrical Code and focus on information necessary to pass the International Code Conference (ICC), International Association of Electrical Inspectors (IAEI) and Division of Apprenticeship Standards (DAS) certification exams. Successful passage of certification exams is required for employment as electricians or electrical inspectors.
This course is an introduction to green electrical system design. Topics will include photovoltaic, low voltage systems, programmable motors, automated devices, and other energy saving installations. This course is intended for homeowners, designers, electricians and inspectors.
This course provides preparation for the California General Contractor's License exam. Law subjects and trade subjects will be studied through lectures and practice exams. State licensing requires four years of construction experience or a combination of education and experience.
This course is an introduction to real estate property inspection. Topics covered include: foundations, roofing, utility systems, common defects, building codes, business liability, and, industry licensing. This course is intended for individuals interested in buying property, property managers, property inspectors and those seeking a broad knowledge of construction.
This course is an introduction to the International Residential Code (IRC). Students will learn interpretation and use of the residential building code as it applies to current construction. Design criteria and inspection processes will be emphasized. Course content will include information related to residential code certification for inspectors and designers. Topics of instruction will follow the content of the most recent IRC as published by the International Code Council (ICC).
This is an introduction to the International Building Code (IBC), as published by the International Code Council (ICC). The IBC is the building code used for commercial and industrial structures. Subjects to be covered will include structural design requirements, inspection procedures, code comprehension and ICC inspector certification.
This is an introductory course designed to give the student an overview of basic construction engineering principles. This course will study subjects such as live and dead loads, uniform and concentrated loads, footing and foundation design, post and beam sizing, shear transfer, load path transfer, building material selection, connection methods, safety codes, and other aspects of structural design.
This course is an introduction to concrete and masonry construction and inspection. Subjects to be covered will include soil factors, foundation design, concrete technology, reinforcements, cement composition, admixtures, brick and block construction, and strength of materials. This course will stress construction methods, the inspection process, and industry certifications.
This course is an introduction to residential and light commercial building construction, including materials, foundations, framing, roof and stair cutting, drywall, finish work and building codes. The course is intended to serve as an overview of the construction process.
This course is a study of structural steel and welding use in building construction. Building types, grades of materials, assembly methods, blueprint reading and other subjects will be studied. The course is intended for inspectors, project supervisors and construction workers. The course will also help prepare students for related industry certifications.
This course is an introduction to the National Electrical Code. The code layout and content will be the focus of study. Subjects covered will include vocabulary, service, circuits, conduits, conductors and system inspection.
This course is a study of California and federal regulations, such as the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and California Title 24 Regulations, which cover building accessibility for disabled persons. Both public and private buildings will be studied as well as parking, exterior routes of travel, entrances,exits and other accommodations. This course is intended for building designers as well as contractors and inspectors. This course will also help prepare students for industry certification.
This course is an introduction to the California Green Building Standards Code (CALGreen). Topics will include the California Building Energy Efficiency Standards, selection of building materials, architectural requirements, compliance inspections, and Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) criteria. Course content will reflect the most recent CALGreen regulations as published by the California Building Commission and the California Energy Commission.
This course is an introduction to the Uniform Plumbing Code. The code layout and content will be the focus of study. Subjects to be covered will include vocabulary, water supply systems, waste drainage, construction materials, and code inspection. If you need to repeat this course for licensing or certification requirements, go to venturacollege.edu/forms or to the Admissions and Records office for the petition and/or for questions.
This course is an introduction to the Uniform Mechanical Code. The code layout and content will be the focus of study. Subjects to be covered will include vocabulary, materials, methods used in heating, air conditioning and ventilation systems. Code problems and the inspection of mechanical systems will be emphasized.
This course is an introduction to residential and light commercial electrical, plumbing, heating, air conditioning, and ventilation systems. Subjects to be studied will include vocabulary, equipment, materials, construction methods, system design, and basic inspection requirements.
This course covers the organization and problems associated with managing a construction job site. Topics will include plans, permits, inspections, material and workforce scheduling, industrial safety, construction process, cost control and quality management.
This course covers the organization and problems associated with managing a building construction business. Topics will include licensing, insurance, project financing, bidding, contracts, scheduling, safety, and community relations.
This course stresses construction cost estimating through the analysis of blueprint drawings and the generation of labor and material take-off lists. Topics will include materials, labor, overhead, profit and other costs. Additional topics will include working with subcontractors and material suppliers, change orders, and scheduling problems.
This course offers students who are volunteers(unpaid) an opportunity to obtain work experience in their field of study. Students are accepted as a result of consultation with a designated faculty member in the discipline and the acceptance of an approved work proposal.
This course offers students who are employed in the field an opportunity to expand their work experience related to their field of study. Students are accepted as a result of consultation with a designated faculty member in the discipline and the acceptance of an approved work proposal.