Construction Field Operations, AAS

Associate of Applied Science in Construction Field Operations (299111AAS)

Program Information

The AAS in Construction Field Operations Technology program includes classroom and laboratory experiences which prepare students for careers in the construction industry as field superintendents, foremen, project management assistants, inspectors and other allied industrial positions.

Career Information

Individuals working in the area of construction field operations technology use knowledge of construction methods and materials, supervision, inspection, and fundamental management skills necessary to support construction projects. They work on residential and commercial buildings, bridges, roads, dams, wastewater treatment systems, or other similar projects. Common jobs assumed by graduates of this program include but are not limited to:

  • Engineering Technician – use the principles and theories of science, engineering, and mathematics to solve technical  problems in research and development, manufacturing, sales, construction, inspection, and maintenance.
  • Construction Inspector – ensure that construction, alteration, or repair complies with building codes and ordinances, zoning regulations, and contract specifications.
  • Construction Superintendent – runs day-to-day field operations on the construction site and controls the short-term schedule. The superintendent’s role also includes quality control and subcontractor coordination responsibilities.
  • Construction Foreman – the foreman is the tradesman with specialist’s knowledge of a given trade and is focused on the overall management of that particular trade on the job site.
  • Field Engineer’s Assistant – Monitors activities at construction sites and reports to Project Engineer and/or Owner’s Representative. Contributes to the maintaining of the project schedule and budget, as well as ensuring compliance with the contract specifications.

Bachelor Degree Program

Upon completion of the Associate of Applied Science in Construction Field Operations, a student may bridge to the Bachelor of Science in Construction Engineering Technology (299103BS). There are a series of bridgework courses in math and science that must first be completed. Please contact the program director for further information.

The following information has official approval of the Department of Civil Engineering ​and The College of Engineering and Polymer Science, but is intended only as a supplemental guide. Official degree requirements are established at the time of transfer and admission to the degree-granting college. Students should refer to the Degree Progress Report (DPR) which is definitive for graduation requirements. Completion of this degree within the identified time frame below is contingent upon many factors, including but not limited to: class availability, total number of required credits, work schedule, finances, family, course drops/withdrawals, successfully passing courses, prerequisites, among others. The transfer process is completed through an appointment with your academic advisor. Transfer students should consult their Advisor to identify courses that are equivalent.  



General Education Requirements *9
Program-Specific General Education7-9
Writing Beyond General Education3
Surveying Courses6
Construction Engineering Technology Courses29
Technical Electives6
Total Hours60-62

Several courses required for the major also satisfy General Education requirements. The University minimum of 15 credits are required for General Education and credit for these courses will apply to both. 

General Education for Applied Associate Degree Programs

Students in applied associate degree programs must complete the following 15 credit-hour set of General Education coursework.  Some courses are covered by program-specific general education requirements further below.

Academic Foundations9
Mathematics, Statistics and Logic: 3 credit hours
Speaking: 3 credit hours
Writing: 3 credit hours
Breadth of Knowledge6
Natural Science: 3 credit hours
Social Science: 3 credit hours 1
Review the General Education Requirements page for detailed course listings.
Total Hours15

Students are encouraged to choose General Education courses that are part of Ohio Transfer 36. They are also encouraged to choose a Social Science course that also meets a Global Diversity or Domestic Diversity General Education requirement for bachelor's degrees.

Program-Specific General Education

MATH:143Technical Algebra and Trigonometry 1 - Expanded4-5
or MATH:144 Technical Algebra and Trigonometry 1
Select one of the following: 13-4
GEOL:101Introductory Physical Geology
Total Hours7-9

The program recommends that students complete their Natural Science requirement with GEOL:101 Introductory Physical Geology; however, students may substitute another Geology (GEOL) course that meets General Education requirements for Natural Science (without lab).  At least three credits of Geology are required.

Writing Beyond General Education

ENGL:222Technical Report Writing 13
Total Hours3

Students who place directly in a second writing course and use ENGL:222 Technical Report Writing to meet their AAS General Education Writing requirement will need an additional three credits of coursework.  Any class listed as meeting the General Education Writing Second Course Requirement for bachelor degree programs is an acceptable substitute for ENGL:222 Technical Report Writing .

Surveying Courses

SURV:101Basic Surveying3
SURV:222Construction Surveying3
Total Hours6

Construction Engineering Technology Courses

COET:129Professional Topics in Construction 13
COET:131Building Construction 12
COET:150Plan Reading 22
COET:226Construction Supervision 13
COET:235Construction Inspection3
COET:237Materials Testing I 12
COET:238Materials Testing II 22
COET:246Site Engineering 13
COET:254Building Codes3
COET:310Residential Building Construction3
COET:356Safety in Construction 23
Total Hours29

Typically offered only in Fall.


Typically offered only in Spring.

 Technical Electives

Students must complete six credits of technical electives from the following list:6
COET:239Construction Geomechanics
COET:361Construction Formwork
COET:422Leveraging Technology in Construction
COET:442Lean Building Science
COET:453Legal Aspects of Construction
COET:489Special Topics in Construction
COET:490Workshop in Construction
COET:498Independent Study in Construction
Total Hours6

Recommended Sequence

Plan of Study Grid
1st Year
Fall SemesterHours
Technical Algebra and Trigonometry 1 - Expanded
or Technical Algebra and Trigonometry 1
COET:129 Professional Topics in Construction 1 3
COET:131 Building Construction 1 2
SURV:101 Basic Surveying 1 3
Writing Requirement 3
Spring Semester
COET:150 Plan Reading 2 2
COET:254 Building Codes 3
ENGL:222 Technical Report Writing 3
Speaking Requirement 3
Select one of the following: 3-4
GEOL:101 Introductory Physical Geology (recommended)
GEOL:xxxNatural Science Requirement without Lab
2nd Year
Fall Semester
COET:226 Construction Supervision 1 3
COET:246 Site Engineering 1 3
COET:237 Materials Testing I 1 2
COET:310 Residential Building Construction 3
SURV:222 Construction Surveying 3
Spring Semester
COET:235 Construction Inspection 3
COET:238 Materials Testing II 2 2
COET:356 Safety in Construction 2 3
Social Science Requirement 3
Technical Elective 3
Technical Elective 3
 Total Hours60-62

Typically offered only in Fall.


Typically offered only in Spring.

Policy Alert: By the end of your first 48 credit hours attempted, you must have completed your required General Education English, Mathematics, Statistics, and Logic, and Communications (Speech) requirements.