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Engineering Assistant (Civil Engineering and Architecture)

Competency-Based Apprenticeship
Sponsoring Company:
Project Lead the Way
O*Net Code
Rapids Code
Req. Hours
Jul 16, 2021
Jul 16, 2021

Competency-Based Skills

3 skill sets | 64 total skills
Overview of Civil Engineering and Architecture
Connect modern structural and architectural designs to historical architectural and civil engineering achievements
Identify three general categories of structural systems used in historical buildings
Explain how historical innovations have contributed to the evolution of civil engineering and architecture
Identify and explain the application of principles and elements of design to architectural buildings
Determine architectural style through identification of building features, components, and materials
Create a mock-up model depicting an architectural style or feature using a variety of materials
Identify the primary duties, and attributes of a civil engineer and an architect along with the traditional path for becoming a civil engineer or architect
Identify various specialty disciplines associated with civil engineering
Participate in a design charrette and recognize the value of using a charrette to develop innovative solutions to support whole building design
Understand the relationship among the stakeholders involved in the design and construction of a building project
Residential Design
Identify typical components of a residential framing system
Recognize conventional residential roof designs
Model a common residential roof design and detail advantages and disadvantages of that style
Use 3D architectural software to create a small building
Apply basic math skills to calculate the quantity and cost of concrete needed to pour the pad for a small building
Create a cost estimate for a small construction project, including a detailed cost break-down
Calculate the heat loss through one wall of a conditioned building
Calculate the heat loss for a building envelope with given conditions appropriate for the project
Apply principles of sustainable design to a small project
Apply elements of good residential design to the design of a basic house to meet the needs of a client
Design a home design that complies with applicable codes and requirements
Incorporate sustainable building principles and universal design concepts into a residential design
Create bubble diagrams and sketch a floor plan
Identify residential foundation types and choose an appropriate foundation for a residential application
Calculate the head loss and estimate the water pressure for a given water supply system
Create sketches to document a preliminary plumbing and a preliminary electrical system layout for a residence that comply with applicable codes
Design an appropriate sewer lateral for wastewater management for a building that complies with applicable codes
Create a site opportunities map and sketch a project site
Choose an appropriate building location on a site based on orientation and other site-specific information
Calculate the storm water runoff from a site before and after development
Document the design of a home using 3D architectural design software and construction drawings
Commercial Applications
Identify applicable building codes and regulations that apply to a given development
Classify a building according to its use, occupancy, and construction type using the International Building Code
Research and Use regulations to identify zoning designations and allowable uses of property
Comply with specifications, regulations, and codes during a design process
Compare a variety of commercial wall systems and select an appropriate system for a given commercial application based on materials, strength, aesthetics, durability, and cost
Compare a variety of commercial low-slope roof systems and select an appropriate system for a given commercial application based on materials, strength, durability, and cost
Incorporate sustainable building practices, especially a green roof, into the design of a commercial building
Use 3D architectural design software to incorporate revisions for the redesign of a building
Use 3D architectural design software to create appropriate documentation to communicate a commercial building design
Calculate the structural efficiency of a structure
Use load-span tables to design structural elements
Identify the work of a structural engineer
Use building codes and other resources to calculate roof loading to a structure and select appropriate roof beams to safely carry the load.
Analyze a simply supported beam subjected to a given loading condition to determine reaction forces, sketch shear and moment diagrams, and determine the maximum moment resulting in the beam
Use beam formula to calculate end reactions and the maximum moments of a simply supported beam subjected to a given loading condition
Use structural analysis software to create shear and moment diagrams of simply supported beams subjected to a given loading condition
Calculate the deflection of a simply supported beam subjected to a given loading condition
Use building codes and other resources to determine the required floor loading and design a structural steel floor framing system (beams and girders) for a given building occupancy
Identify and describe the typical usage of foundation systems commonly used in commercial construction.
Determine the loads transferred from a steel framed structure to the ground through a foundation
Size a spread footing for a given loading condition
Check structural calculations created by others for correctness
Interpret and apply code requirements and constraints as they pertain to the installation of services and utilities
Read and understand HVAC construction drawings for a commercial project
Apply criteria and constraints to size and locate the new utility service connections for a commercial facility
Modify system designs to incorporate energy conservation techniques
Use differential leveling to complete a control survey to establish a point of known elevation for a project
Design appropriate pedestrian access, vehicular access and a parking lot for a commercial facility
Analyze a site soil sample to determine the United Soil Classification System designation and predict soil characteristics important to the design and construction of a building on the site
Estimate the increase in storm water runoff from a commercial site and create a preliminary design for a storm water storage facility
Apply Low Impact Development techniques to a commercial site design reduce the impact of development on storm water runoff quantity and quality
Follow specifications and codes during a design process
Given 3D architectural design software, document a commercial site design

Technical Instruction

Engineering Assistant (2+2 Engineer Pathway) - 405 req. hrs
Introduction to Engineering/Computer Graphics
College Algebra
College Chemistry I
College Trigonometry
Introduction to Engineering
Analytic Geometry and Calculus I
University Physics I
English Composition I
English Composition II

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