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Center for Curriculum and Transfer Articulation
Heavy Construction Equipment, Methods, and Materials
Course: CON243

First Term: 2018 Fall
Lecture   3.0 Credit(s)   3.0 Period(s)   3.0 Load  
Subject Type: Occupational
Load Formula: S - Standard Load

Description: Fundamentals of machine selection and production estimating, using computer-generated data to develop programs that speed the decision process or allow easy analysis of multiple options used in the heavy construction industry. Applications of engineering principles in analyzing economical approaches for heavy construction. Covers fleet operation, methods, maintenance, and programs for construction of dams, tunnels, roads, and excavations of buildings.

MCCCD Official Course Competencies
1. Describe the use of machines in the construction industry, including planning and cost, within the construction contract. (I)
2. Identify and describe the geotechnical materials and their properties. (II)
3. Describe the performance and functions of various heavy construction equipment. (III)
4. Describe aggregate and asphalt mix production and placement. (IV)
5. Describe concrete equipment, various aspects of concrete mixing and placing. (V)
6. Describe various types of cranes, including their functions and related safety issues. (VI)
7. Describe drag lines and clam shells, including their functions, types, operations, and production estimating. (VII)
8. Describe piles and pile-driving equipment. (VIII)
9. Describe equipment used for pumping water, classification of pumps, and selection process. (IX)
MCCCD Official Course Competencies must be coordinated with the content outline so that each major point in the outline serves one or more competencies. MCCCD faculty retains authority in determining the pedagogical approach, methodology, content sequencing, and assessment metrics for student work. Please see individual course syllabi for additional information, including specific course requirements.
MCCCD Official Course Outline
I. Use of machines in the construction industry
   A. How machines make heavy construction possible
   B. Equipment-intensive operations and risks
   C. Placing in construction contracts
   D. Planning for equipment and earthwork
   E. Cost estimating the equipment
II. Geotechnical materials and their properties
   A. Geotechnical materials
      1. Terminology
      2. Properties of geotechnical materials
   B. Compaction: specification and control
      1. Terminology
      2. Compaction tests
      3. Soil processing
   C. Compaction equipment
      1. Types
      2. Production estimating
      3. Vibro compaction methods
      4. Dynamic compactions
   D. Soil stabilization: definition and types
III. Heavy construction equipment
   A. Machine power
   B. Dozers
   C. Scrapers
   D. Excavators
   E. Finishing equipment
   F. Trucks and hauling equipment
   G. Compressed air
   H. Drilling rock and earth
   I. Blasting rocks
IV. Aggregate and asphalt mix production and placement
   A. Terminology
   B. Particle size reduction, separation, elimination, handling, and safety
   C. Structure of asphalt pavements and types
   D. Asphalt plants
   E. Paving and compaction equipment and related safety issues
V. Concrete equipment
   A. Terminology
   B. Proportioning concrete mixtures
   C. Batching concrete materials
   D. Mixing, placing, consolidating, finishing, and curing concrete
   E. Slipform paving
   F. Roller-compacted concrete
   G. Placing concrete in cold and hot weather
   H. Shotcreting and fly ash
VI. Cranes
   A. Major types
   B. Mobile types and functions
   C. Tower types and functions
   D. Rigging
   E. Safety
VII. Drag lines and clam shells
   A. Description
   B. Production rate
   C. Effect of size
   D. Operations
VIII. Piles and pile-driving equipment
   A. Definition and types
   B. Site investigation and test pile program
   C. Methods of supporting and positioning pile
   D. Pile hammer
   E. Jetting, spudding, and pre-augering
   F. Selecting pile-driving hammer
   G. Calculating pile-supporting strength
   H. Driving piles below water
   I. Dynamic Formula
IX. Equipment for pumping water
   A. Types of pumps
   B. Loss of head due to friction in pumps
   C. Selecting pumps
   D. Wellpoint systems
   E. Deep wells
MCCCD Governing Board Approval Date: May 1, 2018

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