Technical Studies: Uniform Construction Code Technology (A.A.S.)

The Technical Studies: Uniform Construction Code Technology Option degree program is uniquely designed to ensure the validity of nontraditional learning and promote adult access to and success in postsecondary education and the workforce. By majoring in the Technical Studies: Uniform Construction Code Technology Option, you can transfer in approved credits from construction code training programs and earn a college degree.

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About this A.A.S. in Technical Studies: Uniform Construction Code Technology Option degree

Are there any requirements I must satisfy before I start taking courses in my major?

Based on your placement test scores, you may be required to take developmental courses in reading, English, and/or mathematics before taking the core curriculum courses in your major. You must also have your training credits evaluated by a faculty assessor in the Mathematics, Engineering Technologies & Computer Sciences Division.

If I major in the Technical Studies: Uniform Construction Code Technology, can I transfer to an upper-division college or university?

The Technical Studies: Uniform Construction Code Technology Option degree program is designed for immediate employment. However, most four-year colleges and universities in New Jersey accept training credits recommended by the American Council on Education (ACE), which is one of the organizations that evaluate training programs. Therefore, you can transfer some  or all of the credits earned in the Technical Studies: Uniform Construction Code Technology Option degree program to a professional studies bachelor’s degree program at a four-year institution.

How long will it take for me to complete this degree?

If you do not need developmental coursework and you register for an average of 17 credits each semester, you can complete the degree in two years. You may shorten the amount of time required by taking courses in the summer sessions.

Upon completion of this program, graduates will be able to:

  • Review construction plans in terms of compliance with applicable state and local codes;
  • Determine whether construction is in conformance with approved plans;
  • Apply technical and administrative code-related knowledge in code enforcement; and
  • Demonstrate appropriate oral and written communication skills and professional behaviors, which include being able to write technical reports, communicate well with others during site visits/inspections, and effectively work as a member of a team.

Where should I direct specific questions about this program?

Call the Division at (973) 877-4400 or the West Essex Campus Director of Academic Programs at (973) 877-1912.

Program Requirements

General Education Requirements (22 - 23 credits)

Written & Oral Communication (6 credits)

ENG 101 (3 credits)

ENG 102 or ENG 105 (one 3 -credit course)

Quantitative Knowledge & Skills (3 – 4 credits)

Choose one of the following mathematics courses: MTH 100, MTH 101, MTH 103, MTH 109, MTH 113, MTH 114, MTH 119, MTH 120, MTH 121, MTH 122, MTH 127, MTH 136, MTH 213, MTH 221, MTH 222 or MTH 239 (one 3- or 4-credit course)

Scientific Knowledge & Reasoning (4 credits)

Choose one of the following lab science courses: BIO 101, BIO 102, BIO 103, BIO 104, BIO 121, BIO 122, CHM 101, CHM 102, CHM 103, CHM 104, PHY 101, PHY 102, PHY 103, PHY 104, PHY 113 or PHY 114 (one 4-credit course)

Society & Human Behavior (6 credits)

Choose two of the following courses: ANT 101, ANT 105, ECO 101, ECO 102, POL 101, POL 104, PSY 101, PSY 102, PSY 219, SOC 101, SOC 108 or SOC 219 (two 3-credit courses)

Historical Perspective (3 credits)

Choose one of the following history courses: HST 101, HST 102, HST 111, HST 112, HST 121, HST 122, HST 131, HST 132, HST 134, HST 135, HST 136, HST 137, HST 161 or HST 162 (one 3-credit course)

Major Course Requirements (33 - 35 credits)

UCC 109 Subcode Official (3 credits)

UCC 110 Construction Official (3 credits)

CEE 298 Cooperative Education Experience I (1 – 4 credits)

CEE 299 Cooperative Education Experience II (1 – 4 credits)

Technical Studies electives* (total of 7 – 16 credits)

Technical courses** (total of 10 – 17 credits)

*Note: The Technical Studies electives are chosen based on a concentration selected in one of the technical areas listed below. Courses may be completed for credit at Essex County College or may be transfered in from construction trade programs where a license has been obtained.

Building Code – Students should take UCC 119 Building Inspector RCS (6 credits), UCC 121 Building Inspector ICS (6 credits), and UCC 220 Building Inspector HHS (4 credits)

Electrical Code – Students should take  UCC 130 Electrical Inspector ICS (4 credits) and UCC 230 Electrical Inspector HHS (3 credits)

Fire Code – Students should take  UCC 140 Fire Protection Inspector ICS – Part I (4 credits), UCC 141 Fire Protection Inspector ICS – Part II (4 credits), and UCC 240 Fire Protection Inspector HHS (4 credits)

Plumbing Code – Students should take  UCC 151 Plumbing Inspector ICS (8 credits) and UCC 250 Plumbing Inspector HHS (4 credits)

**Note: The Technical courses may be any additional (non-repeated) course designated ARC, CET, ELC, ENR, MET, or UCC or courses recommended and approved by an ETCS Division academic advisor (faculty member).

Additional Course Requirements (5 - 8 credits)

Computer Science (CSC course) elective (one 3- or 4-credit course)

Additional Technical course(s)*** (total of 2 to 4 credits)

*** Note: Choose the additional Technical course(s) from the major course requirements indicated on the curriculm guides of the programs listed below or other appropriate programs. Programs and courses must be approved by an ETCS Division academic advisor (faculty member).

Architectural Technology (2301)

Civil Engineering Technology (5309)

Computer-Aided Design Technology (3205)

Computer Information Systems (2002)

Computer Science (2302)

Electronic Engineering Technology (2307)

Engineering (0399)

Mechanical Engineering Technology (5308)

Recommended Sequence of Courses

Total Credits Required for Degree: 60 – 66

The sequence of courses will be determined on an individual basis – see an ETCS Division academic advisor (faculty member) for details.


(1) The two General Education Integrated Course Goals, Ethical Reasoning & Action and Information Literacy, are both addressed by the required curriculum described above, regardless of specific choices made by the individual student.

(2) This plan assumes the completion of all required developmental courses in Reading, English, and Mathematics as well as other pre-requisites and co-requisites for some of the courses, as listed in the Course Descriptions section.

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