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Master Construction Specialist, Associate in Science Degree

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Banner Code: 1_AS_CTMS
Control Number: 08629

The terms “Master” and “Specialist” imply a very broad knowledge in several of the construction trades and management disciplines. Students who complete this program will have their names displayed on a perpetual “Award of Excellence” listing in the Construction Department.

Complete the Master Construction Specialist Certificate of Achievement and the Associate in Science graduation requirements as outlined in the Graduation Requirements section of the catalog. Note: this AS degree requires a minimum of 77 units for completion.

Program Outcomes

  1. Demonstrate the knowledge, skills and experience to identify, assess, and participate in many entry-level construction trades.
  2. Be prepared to work in the construction field in positions including, but not limited to work areas such as inspection, management, and as hands-on skilled tradespeople.

Associate in Science Degree Requirements

  1. UNIT REQUIREMENT60 UNITS, with at least a 2.0 grade point average. At least 12 of the units must be earned at OCC, with a minimum of one course taken for a letter grade. At least 3 units in an advanced course from the program must be completed at OCC. A student must be enrolled at the time of application for graduation. Units earned at an accredited college or university on a credit/no credit basis will be counted toward the degree requirements of the college, to a maximum of 15 units.
  2. MAJOR REQUIREMENT - Complete the AA or AS major requirements as detailed in the Degree and Certificate section of this catalog.
  3. MATHEMATICS REQUIREMENT - Demonstrate competence in mathematics by either obtaining a satisfactory grade (grade of “C” or better or“pass”) in a mathematics course at or above the level of Intermediate Algebra as demonstrated by prior coursework, or by demonstrating competency that is comparable through the completion of a college-level math course that has Intermediate Algebra as a prerequisite: Psychology A160 or Math A100 or higher, with the exception of Math A220.
  4. GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENT - Students may choose to complete Option 1 (OCC AA GE), Option 1 (OCC AS GE), Option 2 (CSU GE), or Option 3 (IGETC) to satisfy the general education requirement. See the General Education Patterns section of this catalog for more information.
Course Title Units
Required Courses
Core Courses
CIS A100Introduction to Computer Applications3
or CHT A100 Computer Use in Technology
CNST A114Cabinet Making4
CNST A165Construction Safety/CAL OSHA3
CNST A180Building Construction 15
CNST A190Blueprint Reading and Drafting4
CNST A195Residential Code3
CNST A210Concrete Construction5
CNST A240Specialty Trades5
CNST A265Plumbing 14
or CNST A266 Plumbing 2
CNST A275Residential Electrical Wiring5
CNST A285Light Steel Frame Construction2.5
CNST A185Building Construction 25
CNST A260Masonry Construction5
Restricted Electives
Select one of the following:3
Construction Estimating
Construction Inspection
Construction Supervision and Project Management
Total Units56.5
Requirement Units
Total Degree Units 56.5
AS General Education Option 1, 2, or 3 Varies
Total Minimum Degree Units 74.5