The Certificate in Civil Sitework Construction will equip students with career advancement skills in the areas of site work development including excavation, site utilities, and road way improvements. This online program will help students develop usable skills in understanding construction equipment utilization, civil blueprint reading, and civil estimating. The program focuses on skills needed by constructors interested in site development. Excavation, roads, bridges, and underground utilities will also be covered. Students will learn how to work with the earth, how to select, use, and budget for the best equipment needed to transform a plot of land into a developed site and how to utilize related construction documents.

The Certificate
To complete the certificate, students will complete the following four core courses: Construction Equipment and Methods, Practical Applications of Civil Construction, Estimating Civil Construction, and Civil Blueprint Reading and Materials. Students must also complete one additional elective course (Contract Documents and Construction Law or Planning and Scheduling). This certificate can be completed in 5 months. All classes should be completed within two years of starting the program.

 

Core Courses (complete four) 19SP I 19SP II 19SU 19FA
ENGR 0043 Construction Equipment and Methods 1/14-3/24   6/24-8/25  
ENGR 0044 Practical Applications of Civil Sitework   4/8-6/16   9/9-11/24
ENGR 0045 Estimating Civil Construction 1/14-3/24   6/24-8/25  
ENGR 0046 Civil Blueprint Reading and Materials   4/8-6/16   9/9-11/24
Elective Courses (complete either 1 of 2) 19SP I 19SP II 19SU 19FA
ENGR 0031 Contract Documents and Construction Law 1/14-3/24   6/24-8/25  
ENGR 0032 Planning and Scheduling 1/14-3/24 4/8-6/16 6/24-8/25 9/9-11/24

 

Enrolling in the Program
Enroll in the program at any time, even before registering for a course. It’s free, and offers many benefits:

  • Secure your curriculum (should the requirements change in the future).
  • See upcoming courses when you log into your student account.
  • Track your progress.

Enrolling in a program doesn’t mean you’re registered for courses. You still must register and pay for each course you wish to take.

 

Location of Classes
This certificate program is held online. Consistent access to the Internet is required.

Career Benefits
These online courses will provide students with opportunities to work through case studies, site related questions, issues, and typical job related problems. Quizzes provide students with immediate feedback on their understanding of the content. Students set their own class times to complete the work due each week. Instructors are active career professionals who bring experience and knowledge to the classroom.

This program is authorized by SDSU's College of Engineering. Students earn three professional development units per course.

Career Advancement

  • City projects, highways, government buildings, schools, residential housing projects, bridges, and roadways are part of the continuing demand for heavy and civil construction workforce.
  • Demand for skilled workers to develop infrastructure is increasing as the economy is rebuilding.

To read answers to frequently asked questions, please see Online Construction Certificate FAQs. To contact the Student Services Coordinator, please email construction.ces@sdsu.edu or call (619) 594-0845.

Core Courses

2018 Fall2019 Spring2019 Summer
2019 Spring
ENGR 0043 Construction Equipment and Methods

Students will learn skills and methods to help advance their career in civil construction, advance your understanding in how to utilize equipment, identify and understand construction methods used to increase productivity on the job site, increase awareness in how to budget for and utilize equipment efficiently. Students will better understand safety procedures associated with different equipment, learn how to select and budget for the best equipment needed for the job and understand and apply methods used in utilizing construction equipment.

Course Date(s)
January 14 - March 24
ENGR 0044 Practical Applications of Civil Construction

This course will focus on techniques, concepts, and procedures related to site preparation, excavation, backfill, compaction, underground utilities, road and bridge construction. Emphasis will be placed on solving real-world issues. This is a paced, asynchronous online course. The course features a high level of student-to-student and student-to-teacher interaction.

Course Date(s)

Register
2019 Spring
ENGR 0045 Estimating Civil Construction

This course features hands-on estimating and quantity take off activities associated with civil and site work construction projects. Topics will include estimate formats, drawings and specifications, productivity, site investigations, soil characteristics, blueprint reading, quantities, measurement and costing. This is a paced, asynchronous online course. The course features a high level of student-to-student and student-to-teacher interaction.

Course Date(s)
January 14 - March 24
ENGR 0046 Civil Sitework Blueprint Reading and Materials

Students will learn to understand and interpret civil construction blueprints and reading specifications. Examine the manufacture, and use of civil construction materials such as aggregates, concrete, asphalt, pipe, and geosynthetics.

Course Date(s)

Register

Elective Courses

2018 Fall2019 Spring2019 Summer
2019 Spring
ENGR 0031 Contract Documents and Construction Law

This online course focuses on understanding the relationship between contract documents and the construction process.

Course Date(s)
January 14 - March 24
2019 Spring
ENGR 0032 Planning and Scheduling

Students will learn how to plan, prepare, and update construction project schedules in this online course. Through the use of case studies, learn how to define construction activities, determine activity duration, and assemble the activities into a logical construction schedule. Learn to create and use bar charts and critical path schedules.

Course Date(s)
January 14 - March 24

Courses

2018 Fall2019 Spring2019 Summer

San Diego Workforce Partnership - Creating Workforce SolutionsThe College of Extended Studies is a State-approved provider for the Federal Workforce Investment Act for this program.