Public Works (PUB)

PUB 150
Introduction to Public Works
3 Units (AA/AS)
54 lecture hours

Grade Mode: Pass/No Pass, Standard Letter

Strongly recommended: ENGL 099 if required by English placement or if required by English level.

Basic course in street maintenance covering the materials utilized, equipment, and procedures. Additional topics include: street painting, sign programs, street sweeping, weed control, and watershed management.


PUB 151
Street Construction and Maintenance
3 Units (AA/AS)
54 lecture hours

Grade Mode: Pass/No Pass, Standard Letter

Strongly recommended: PUB 150; ENGL 099 if required by English placement exam or if required by English level.

A course in street maintenance covering materials and methods, with emphasis on preventive maintenance of asphaltic and Portland Cement concrete pavements. Specifications, records and cost accounting systems, as well as revenue sources and budget preparation, will be reviewed. Other subjects include safety, drainage, equipment records and specifications, review of watershed management, and public relations. Codes which pertain to improvements and repair will be reviewed.


PUB 154
Soils - Trenching and Grading
3 Units (AA/AS)
54 lecture hours

Grade Mode: Pass/No Pass, Standard Letter

Strongly recommended: ENGL 099 if required by English placement or if required by English level.

The course will cover the technology of soils as they are used in public works construction. This technology includes the identification and classification of soils, soil testing, and the application of these tests in the construction, maintenance, trenching and grading operations of public works projects.


PUB 155
Public Works Inspection
3 Units (AA/AS)
54 lecture hours

Grade Mode: Pass/No Pass, Standard Letter

Strongly recommended: ENGL 099 if required by English placement or if required by English level.

A comprehensive course in public works inspection, including Portland cement concrete, asphaltic concrete, soils, base, and subgrade materials. Contracts, specifications, and plans will be covered. Utilities, including underground water, sewer, watershed management, and storm drains are covered, with emphasis on the safety aspects of trenching, tunneling and jacking. Responsibilities of the contractor, the engineer, the inspector and the owner will be included in course discussions. Surveying and staking will be reviewed with emphasis on inspection records, duties, and job diary techniques.


PUB 156
Concrete Structures and Inspection
3 Units (AA/AS)
54 lecture hours

Grade Mode: Pass/No Pass, Standard Letter

Strongly recommended: ENGL 099 if required by English placement exam or if required by English level; MATH 032 or higher.

An advanced course in public works inspection covering Portland cement concrete culvert and bridge construction beginning with the field work of site preparation, structural excavation, concrete footings, "false work" structures, structural and reinforcing steel, and concrete placement. Prime considerations will be given to inspection reporting, records, and new advances in technology.


PUB 157
Asphalt and Portland Cement
3 Units (AA/AS)
54 lecture hours

Grade Mode: Pass/No Pass, Standard Letter

Strongly recommended: ENGL 099 if required by English placement or if required by English level.

A comprehensive course in asphaltic concrete and Portland Cement concrete construction technology following the standards of the Asphalt Institute, standard specifications for public works construction, American Concrete Institute and the Portland Cement Association. Included will be design production, placement, consolidation and compaction of the materials. Evaluation of surface defects, maintenance and safety will be covered.


PUB 158
Municipal and Urban Tree Care
3 Units (AA/AS)
54 lecture hours

Grade Mode: Pass/No Pass, Standard Letter

Strongly recommended: ENGL 099 if required by English placement or if required by English level.

A course in tree care for persons currently employed or seeking future employment in the public works or private landscape industry: tree anatomy, physiology, pruning, cabling, identification, root structure and its effects on infrastructure, soil management and irrigation are covered in detail. The course is designed to prepare students to pass the Tree Worker Certification and/or pass the certified arborist exam given by the Western Chapter, International Society of Arboriculture.


PUB 159
Urban Forest Management Planning
3 Units (AA/AS; CSU)
54 lecture hours

Grade Mode: Pass/No Pass, Standard Letter

Strongly recommended: Successful completion of Student Learning Outcomes from one or more Public Works classes.

This course will guide students in developing an urban forest management plan. It is intended for those who manage populations of trees: municipalities, golf courses, educational institutions, public gardens, and propery managers. Plans will be based on interdisciplinary activities that influence and are related to urban forest activities. Students will create a ready-to-use management plan and receive peer review.


PUB 160
Public Administration
3 Units (AA/AS)
54 lecture hours

Grade Mode: Pass/No Pass, Standard Letter

Strongly recommended: ENGL 099 if required by English placement or if required by English level.

A basic course covering the overview of local government functions; development of the role of public works; the constraints of operation; techniques of administration in planning, finance, and personnel; the traditional model of public works organization and new advances in technology.


PUB 161
California Occupational Safety and Health
3 Units (AA/AS)
54 lecture hours

Grade Mode: Pass/No Pass, Standard Letter

Strongly recommended: ENGL 099 if required by English placement or if required by English level.

A course covering California Occupational Safety and Health standards and the National Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 as applied to public works. The safety standards for excavations, trenches, tunnels, rock drilling, construction, and hauling equipment, flammable vapors, and toxic substances.


PUB 162
Traffic Control Standards, Practices, and Policies
3 Units (AA/AS)
54 lecture hours

Grade Mode: Pass/No Pass, Standard Letter

Strongly recommended: ENGL 099 if required by English placement or if required by English level.

This course provides a greater awareness and appreciation of the unique design, installation, and maintenance techniques required for the proper control and regulation of traffic according to the Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD). Course is intended for public works personnel.


PUB 163
Turf and Landscape Management
3 Units (AA/AS)
54 lecture hours

Grade Mode: Pass/No Pass, Standard Letter

This course prepares students to enhance the function and aesthetic value of public and private landscapes. Topics include planting, pruning, irrigation, soil fertility, turf, pest management, weed control, and landscape management business practices.


PUB 164
Plan Interpretation and Cost Estimating
3 Units (AA/AS)
54 lecture hours

Grade Mode: Pass/No Pass, Standard Letter

Strongly recommended: ENGL 099 if required by English placement or if required by English level.

A course in developing the ability to read and interpret plans and estimate time, material, labor, and equipment needed for public works projects.


PUB 165
Environmental Management
3 Units (AA/AS; CSU)
54 lecture hours

Grade Mode: Pass/No Pass, Standard Letter

Strongly recommended: PUB 150.

This course is an overview of environmental issues in a municipal setting. Topics include water quality, watershed management, integrated waste management, air pollution control, regulatory compliance, sustainability, and related issues.


PUB 166
Supervision in Public Works
3 Units (AA/AS)
54 lecture hours

Grade Mode: Pass/No Pass, Standard Letter

Strongly recommended: ENGL 099 if required by English placement or if required by English level.

Fundamentals of supervision focusing on the public works industry. Topics to be covered include planning, communications, employee hiring, on-boarding, professional development, motivating employees, decision making, and disciplinary action.