Portland Community College | Portland, Oregon

Course Number:
BMZA 265
Course Title:
Exhibit Construction, Maintenance, and Repair
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Course Description

Provides an overview of the basic concepts used in animal exhibit construction, maintenance and repair. Emphasizes safety, identification, selection, usage and care of hand and power tools to complete projects in a team environment. Introduces the use of construction materials, concrete and related hardscapes, reading blueprints, and communication regarding mechanical, electrical, and plumbing services. Department permission required. Prerequisites: BMZA 101. Audit available.

Intended Outcomes for the course

Upon successful completion, student should be able to:

  • Use appropriate safety principles and procedures when operating in a zoo construction, maintenance, and repair environment.
  • Identify and select appropriate tools to complete animal exhibit construction, maintenance, and repair projects.
  • Use tools and a variety of materials to complete animal exhibitry projects in a team environment.
  • Identify and communicate appropriately regarding problems with mechanical, electrical, and plumbing systems.

Course Activities and Design

The format for this course is a combination of lecture, demonstration, and laboratory experience to provide necessary skills in techniques used in exhibit construction, maintenance, and repairs.   Laboratory instruction will be based at the Rock Creek campus building construction technology area.

Outcome Assessment Strategies

  • Attendance, punctuality, and participation
  • Exams
  • Concrete article review
  • Successful completion of class projects
  • Quality of field projects

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)

Themes, Concepts and Issues

  • Tools and Safety
  • Power Tools
  • Hand Tools
  • Fasteners
  • Reading Blueprints
  • Basic Wood Construction
  • Electrical
  • Plumbing
  • Basic Concrete
  • Construction Math

Process Skills

  • Lay out and measure using tape measure
  • Develop hand-eye coordination using hand and power tools
  • Operate power tools and use hand tools safely and effectively
  • Identify hand tools, power tools and fasteners
  • Read blueprints
  • Develop an understanding of basic electrical wiring.
  • Develop a basic understanding of plumbing and the different types of pipe involved (Copper, PEX, PVC, CPVC)
  • Develop a basic understanding of the composition, strengths/weaknesses and admixtures of concrete.
  • Familiarity with pouring and forming concrete.
  • Use critical thinking to determine the best tool for the task at hand.
  • Work collaboratively with team member(s) to construct projects using hand and power tools.
  • Recognize safe work practices.