The Associate Certificate in Public Works Supervision has been designed in conjunction with the Public Works Association of British Columbia (PWABC) and Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada (AANDC), both of which have identified significant current and future shortages of trained supervisory personnel, and the necessity for succession planning in local government organizations. More specifically, it is designed for employees who want to move into supervisory roles. In addition to receiving an academic credential, graduates of the program are also eligible for certification through the PWABC as outlined on their website.
The program comprises five mandatory courses and offers a broad range of electives to supplement the mandatory course content. With the exception of three mandatory courses, students can complete sufficient requisite course credits via distance or online learning. The five mandatory courses comprise a technical and business writing course, a course in occupational health and safety legislation, and three “Public Works Institute” (PWI) week-long seminars.
Elective courses are broadly divided into Technical and Managerial categories, and are meant to enable the student to expand their knowledge of specific areas broadly covered in the PWI seminars. Thus, students can develop greater skills in areas specific to their current work assignment or areas of interest.
Ongoing throughout the year.
Entrance into the Public Works Supervision program is open to anyone interested in advancing into a managerial or supervisory position in the public works or heavy construction environment. Applicants will significantly increase their chances of success if they have obtained the equivalent of Grade 11 graduation with a C in English. Students will be responsible for ensuring they meet any required prerequisites for admittance into individual courses.
Students who are unsure of basic necessary skills for a particular subject matter (such as business and technical writing) are encouraged to enrol in a refresher course to avoid frustration as they progress in their studies. Students with strong basic knowledge will be able to excel in their learning when advanced topics and subject matter are covered in later courses.
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Ongoing Part-time Studies intakes: January, April and September
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|Required Courses (15.0 credits):||Credits|
Public Works Institute 1*
This is the first of 3 Public Works Institute courses in the Public Works Supervisor Associate Certificate Program. Based on the American Public Works Association (APWA) Public Works Institute Guidelines, it introduces the student to public works financial concepts, leadership, and supervision. Topics covered include an introduction to financial management, business planning, budgeting, accounting and cost control, financial reporting, leadership skills, personal development, integrity and ethics, motivation and morale, and conflict resolution. The course is delivered through a series of lectures, in-class exercises, and discussions. Prerequisite: Grade 12 Graduation.
Public Works Institute 2
This is the second of 3 Public Works Institute courses developed in conjunction with the Public Works Institute of BC. Based on the American Public Works Association (APWA) Public Works Institute Guidelines, it introduces the student to government, organizational behavior, and contract documentation. Topics covered include presentation and verbal skills, contracts and contract law, contract administration, government and community, organizational behaviour, change management, customer service, labour relations, roles and responsibilities of Local, Provincial, and Federal Government, and Worksafe BC. The course is delivered through a series of lectures, in-class exercises, and discussions. Prerequisites: COMM 1103
Public works Institute 3
This is the third of 3 Public Works Institute courses developed in conjunction with the Public Works Institute of BC. Based on the American Public Works Association (APWA) Public Works Institute Guidelines, it introduces the student to the broad concepts of environmental management, sustainability, and basic project management and leadership skills. The course is delivered through a series of lectures, in-class exercises, and discussions. Prerequisites: INFR 1120
BC OHS Legislation*
Explores the provincial OH&S legislation in BC governed by the BC Workers Compensation Act and the Workers Compensation Board Occupational Health & Safety Regulation. The history of BC legislation and how it has evolved sets the tone for discussions on the current legislative system, its enforcement and recent trends toward prosecution. Introduces the BC WCB structure, mandate policies, and procedures. Learning activities revolve around applying key regulations and sections of the Act to the workplace. Students must obtain a copy of the BC legislation or have access to it via the BC WCB's website. Prerequisite: OCHS 1000 or approval from department.
Introduction to Business and Technical Communication*
This communication course teaches practical business communication techniques for planning, organizing, selecting, writing, and presenting information in business or industry. It covers routine memos, letters, request and reply letters, and oral presentations. It is equivalent to all full-time diploma program level 1 COMM courses at BCIT. NOTE: Students do not need to submit transcripts for entrance to this course. BUT, in the case of formal or informal grade appeals or reviews they will be asked to show proof of their English requirements. Students scoring below "C+" in English 12 should take COMM 1106 instead of COMM 1103. Students who wish to confirm their English level are strongly advised to take COMM 0015. Prerequisite: Students must have one of the following: 1) English 12 "67%" (C+) or equivalent (refer to BCIT's Admission page); 2) COMM 0015 score of 70 or better.
Technical Writing and Communications
Familiarizes the technical writer with formats and conventions of documents used in the construction industry. Also includes a review of basic English grammar and sentence structure as well as an introduction to public speaking. Emphasis is placed on writing with clarity, directness, and brevity. 3.0 credits 12 weeks.
|*Successful completion of INFR 1110, OCHS 1100 and COMM 1103/BLDT 1051 is required prior to proceeding with INFR 1120.|
|Complete a minimum of 8.0 credits from the following list of electives:||Credits|
|Elective credits are divided into both Technical and Managerial courses. At least one course must be taken from each category, and at least 8.0 credits must be successfully completed.
Technical Electives (choose at least one course)
This course provides an introduction to the relationships between drawings and building construction. Emphasis is on practical application of learned skills in a lab environment. These skills are essential for further studies in site processes, construction procedures and estimating. The course goal is to enable students to interpret construction drawings. Students will be able to derive necessary information from graphical construction documents in conformance with general practice in the industry.
Water Operator 1
The course provides basic knowledge of water distribution practices and focuses on the practical aspects of water system planning, construction, operation and maintenance. The course includes water disinfection, safety, backflow control systems and record management. This course is designed to assist candidates wishing to write the Environmental Operators Certification Program (EOCP) Level 1 exam. EOCP examination time and fee information will be made available to all qualified students. Prerequisites: PUBW 1001* (* may be taken concurrently)
Roadworks Maintenance 1
Covers the topics of pavement failures and pavement repair techniques, asphalt mixes, crack sealing and the types of equipment used, street lighting systems, pavement marking and street signs, vegetation control, sweeping and shoulder maintenance, maintenance management and pavement management systems, and their integration with job costing are reviewed. Prerequisites: PUBW 1001 and PUBW 1141
Municipal Plan Reading
This course introduces the student to interpretation of engineering drawings used in public works construction, including the correlation between construction layout, specifications and standard drawings. Prerequisites: PUBW 1001
Water Operator 2
Provides an advanced knowledge of water distribution practices and focuses on the practical aspects of construction, operation and maintenance of water distribution systems. Prepares students for the Environmental Operators's Certification Program (EOCP) Level 2 exam. EOCP examination time and fee information will be made available to all qualified students. Prerequisites: PUBW 1114
Introduction to Land Use Planning
This course will begin by introducing students to the role and influence of the four levels of government on land use planning. With primary emphasis on the urban environment, participants will be introduced to the concepts and objectives of community planning, and the influence of the many stakeholder groups. Guided by the current legislation, students will be introduced to the processes of changes in land use, and subdivision of land. Students will then be provided with a broad overview of the constraints and limitations of the many different aspects of municipal infrastructure needed to support urban development. The course will conclude with an introduction to some of the primary factors that influence development economics.
Public Works Inspection
This course covers the duties and legal responsibilities involved in public works inspection; examines inspection techniques, reports and data collection; and examines relevant clauses of MMCD general specifications for Public Works construction. Inspection requirements and quality control for soil placement, asphalt cement, Portland cement concrete and underground utilities are discussed.
Engineering Economics Part 1: Fundamentals of Financial Calculations
An introduction to the time value of money and the effects of differing interest rates and periods of payment for both simple and compound interest. Time cash flow diagrams are developed and the theory of annuities is presented.
Engineering Economics Part 2: Introduction to Engineering Economics
Applies the principles learned in TSYH 4720 to problems in comparison of alternatives; viability of investment and rate of return; the study of depreciation for the purpose of assessing lease/purchase alternatives and equipment replacement.
|Managerial Electives (choose at least one course)|
Basic Management and Ethics
Introduces basic supervision and management skills. Topics include management responsibilities, interpersonal and communication skills, leadership, teamwork, negotiation and dispute resolution. Basic ethical rights and principles are examined, as well as various industry codes of ethics. Relevant case studies are reviewed as they relate to ethical issues in the workplace. 3.0 credits 12 weeks.
Designed for new supervisors or those seeking a higher level of leadership responsibility. The purpose of this course is provide students the opportunity to gain a level of self-understanding of the field that will assist them in correctly identifying their own strengths and areas for improvement with respect to leadership, team, conflict-management and communication skills. Study will include the performance side of supervision as the areas of performance appraisal, training and development and motivation are explored. Through the use of interactive cases and structured experiences, students will increase their self-confidence and leadership abilities and establish a foundation for further training in supervision and management.
Civil Project Scheduling
Covers the planning, scheduling, resource allocation and management of civil engineering projects. Students will develop scheduling scenarios based on productivity rates, crew sizes, and duration of construction activities. Various scheduling techniques including the Critical Path Method principles will be discussed in the course.
Fundamentals of Asset Management
This mixed-delivery course (classroom face-to-face, web-based interaction, and self-learning) introduces the concepts underlying physical asset management. The course is geared toward public works assets, and includes discussion on the management of water and wastewater assets, community buildings, roads, bridges, and culverts. Federal legislation that is currently driving asset management in Canada will be discussed, and the preparation of reports and asset management plans will be illustrated. Also covered is an examination of INFRAGuide and its implementation for local governments. Prerequisite: PUBW 4550. Some knowledge of the principles of engineering economics is highly recommended.
Safety Program Design
Discusses how to coordinate, develop, implement, and maintain an OH&S program within an organization. Explores how political, cultural , economic, and industry climates as well as corporate and personal values influence safety culture. Introduces management commitment, employee involvement, communication, supervision, education and training, safety recognition, safety policy, and safety committees. Provides legal, moral, and economic reasons for implementing a safety program. Outlines how to develop the policies and procedures required for a written OH&S program including workplace inspections, accident investigations, record keeping, first aid, ergonomics, emergency preparedness, job hazard analysis, training, work procedures and regular program review. Prerequisites: OCHS 1000 and (OCHS 1100 or OCHS 2100) or approval from department.
Emergency Preparedness and Response
Focuses on the reduction of the effects of disasters through established and proven workplace emergency plans, procedures, and training. Evaluates the issues that arise prior to, during, and immediately following an emergency, as well as the long-range recovery challenges that follow. Discusses the development of an emergency response team and its implications. Includes an overview of community and government disaster services. Prerequisites: OCHS 1000 and (OCHS 1100 or OCHS 2100) or approval from department.
This course presents the study of factors that either influence or are influenced by people at work. Focuses on macro factors such as organizational structure, technology and environment; group factors such as group dynamics, leadership, conflict, change and decision-making; and individual factors such as personality, attitudes, perception and motivation.
Contracts Part 1: Types of Contracts and Contract Documents
An introduction to the legal aspects of construction contracts. Topics include an overview of the construction industry, contractual responsibilities and relationships between the parties to a construction project, bonding, liens and holdbacks, tendering, types of construction contracts, contents of bid and contract documents and the application of typical clauses to construction related issues.
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Students who successfully complete the Associate Certificate In Public Works Supervision are eligible to apply to the Public Works Association of BC for certification as a Public Works Supervisor provided they have the requisite work experience. Refer to the Public Works Association of BC website for further details.
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The three mandatory Public Works Institute Seminars will be delivered at the BCIT downtown campus. All other courses are delivered at the Burnaby campus, the downtown campus, or available via distance and/or online learning.
The program consists of 5 mandatory courses (15.0 BCIT credits) and additional electives comprising 8.0 BCIT credits for a total of 23.0 credits. Students starting the program will have 7 years to complete the requirements.
The five mandatory courses comprise a technical and business writing course, a course in occupational health and safety with an institutional focus, and three “Public Works Institute” (PWI) seminars that exceed the requirements of the American Public Works Association (APWA). The APWA guidelines for hours and core content for PWI courses are detailed at apwa.net.
As writing and comprehension skills are fundamental to any supervisory or leadership position, the program begins by ensuring that students have a reasonable capability in this area. Students who are unable to meet the standard required to pass either COMM 1103 or BLDT 1051 will not be permitted to proceed past Public Works Institute Seminar Level 1.
Public Works Institute Seminars (INFR 1110, INFR 1120, and INFR 1130) are delivered over the course of a week via a mix of traditional lectures, group discussion, and interactive exercises. Students are expected to attend and participate in all sessions. PWI seminars must be attended sequentially. The PWI courses will cover the following broad topic areas: An introduction to Public Works Operations, Principles of Leadership and Supervision, Presentation and Verbal Skills, Basics of Finance, Government and Community, Contracts and Contract Law, Management Skills and Techniques, Environmental Management and Sustainability, and Infrastructure Asset Management.
Elective courses are broadly divided into Technical and Managerial categories. Students are required to choose a minimum of 8 credits from the electives listed, with the caveat that at least one elective from each category must be chosen. Electives may be taken at any time. Students should note that some listed electives have non-listed prerequisites which are not creditable, or may require prior knowledge.
With the exception of the Public Works Institute Seminars, students can gain all requisite credits through paper-based distance education or online learning.
Upon successful completion of all program requirements, complete an Application for BCIT Credential [PDF] and submit to Student Information and Enrolment Services.
Allow approximately six to eight weeks for processing.
All financial obligations to the Institute must be met prior to issuance of any credential.
The Associate Certificate In Public Works Supervision was developed in conjunction with the Public Works Association of BC and Indian and Northern Affairs Canada. It is the academic qualification required for certification through the Public Works Association of BC.
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