Education and training for employment for entry level work as construction inspectors, field technicians, and office support.  Students will be introduced to the construction industry and how to read drawings in order to verify work completion.  Elective courses enable students to learn the fundamentals in specific areas that are geared towards specific areas of employment. 

Financial Assistance funds cannot be applied towards this program. Request for eligibility to utilize Financial Assistance funds for this program is currently pending.

This certificate will be automatically awarded when the certificate requirements are completed. If you do not want to receive the certificate, please notify the Office of the Registrar at

Learn more about how certificate credits apply to the related degree.

Program Admission Requirements

  • High School Diploma/GED.
  • ENG-0995 Applied College Literacies or appropriate score on English placement test.
  • Recommend  MATH-0965 Intermediate Algebra, with "C" or higher, or qualified Math placement.
Plan of Study Grid
First SemesterCredit Hours
CNST-1281 Construction Engineering Orientation 3
CNST-1290 Construction Print Reading 2
CNST-1750 Construction Safety 3
 Credit Hours8
Second Semester
CNST-1410 Architectural CAD I 3
Select one of the following: 3
College Composition I
Honors College Composition I
Electives (select from below list) 4-6
 Credit Hours10-12
 Total Credit Hours18-20

Recommended Electives

CNST-1510Green Building & Sustainability I3
CNST-1660Material Testing2
CNST-1670Highway Inspection2
CNST-1740Fundamentals of Geographic Information Science 13
CNST-1760General Industry Safety2
CNST-1770Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response2
CNST-2110Basic Survey Practices 23
CNST-2131Construction Methods and Materials3
CNST-2830Cooperative Field Experience1-3
CNST-18XX or 28XX Special Topics in Construction Engineering Technology1-3
CNST-2XXX 2000 level CNST Elective3
IT-1090Computer Applications3
MATH-1540Trigonometry (or higher)3

MATH-1410 Elementary Probability and Statistics I,MATH-1470 Modern Mathematics for Business and Social Science I or MATH-1530 College Algebra is required as a prerequisite for this course.


MATH-1540 Trigonometry  is required as a prerequisite for this course.

MATH-1140, MATH-1141, MATH-1200, MATH-1270, and MATH-1280 can no longer count towards fulfilling the college-level mathematics requirement.  These courses were re-classified as developmental mathematics by the state of Ohio in 2016.  Tri-C established a 5-year transitioning window for students who had completed these courses prior to 2016 to apply them towards meeting graduation requirements, which expired in Summer 2021. It is highly recommended to see a counselor to determine the appropriate math required for your current major.

Program Learning Outcomes

  1. Use critical thinking skills to anticipate, identify, respond to, and resolve problems.
  2. Use verbal and written skills with technological tools to clearly and effectively communicate, using appropriate protocols to project stakeholders.
  3. Obtain OSHA 30 certification for the construction industry.
  4. Read and interpret various types of construction drawings including commercial, structural, civil, and highway drawings.
  5. Utilize CAD software to develop working drawings for a domestic structure.
  6. Explain professional practices, current issues, and developments in construction, including stages of a construction project, management roles and responsibilities, and concepts for estimating, planning and scheduling.