Building Construction

Overview

Building Construction Technology provides students with one- and two-year options tailored for differing occupational goals. Students can choose courses in drafting, construction layout, estimating, management, residential construction, energy-efficient building methods, construction safety, cabinet-making, and interior finish. Students apply their studies by building a house in each year of their program.

The Associate in Science Degree program is designed for students who are planning for mid-management positions within the construction industry or who will transfer credits to another college. Students who successfully complete the program will also earn NCCER* Certification at Carpentry Levels I, II, III and part of Level IV. This program encompasses studies in residential construction, commercial and industrial construction. Construction management and estimating are integral components of this program. Students will practice management and estimating skills on residential and commercial projects. Additionally, students learn skills in blueprint reading, computer aided drafting and design, construction layout, safety, residential construction, commercial, and industrial construction. Students apply these skills by performing field layout projects with transits, designing, placing and finishing concrete and constructing a residential building.

The Associate in Applied Science Degree program is designed for students who are planning for leadership positions within the construction industry. Students who successfully complete the program will also earn NCCER* Certification at Carpentry Levels I, II, and III, and part of Level IV. This program encompasses studies in residential construction, commercial and industrial construction and cabinetmaking and millwork. Students learn skills in blueprint reading, computer aided drafting and design, construction layout, safety, residential construction, commercial and industrial construction, cabinetmaking and millwork, estimating and management. Students apply these skills by performing field layout projects with transits, designing, placing and finishing concrete, manufacturing cabinets and millwork, and constructing a residential building.

The 1-year Building Construction Certificate program is designed to prepare students for entry-level positions as a carpenter in the residential building field. Students who complete the Certificate will earn NCCER* Certification at Carpentry Level I and part of Level III. This program focuses on residential construction. Students study blueprint reading, drafting, safety and residential construction practices and apply these studies by building a residential building.

The certificate program is designed as part of a pathway towards the associate in applied science degree.

*National Center for Construction Education and Research. NCCER is a nationwide standardized curriculum and testing organization, NCCER completion credits are recognized by construction firms all over the country.

Learning Objectives

Graduates with the Associate in Science Degree or the Associate in Applied Science Degree in the Building Construction Program will function at an entry-level position in the construction industry, but with the skill necessary for later promotion into a mid-management level position. Skills will include:

  • Estimating of costs and time for construction projects.
  • Managing construction crews.
  • Blue-print reading and drafting.
  • Construction skills needed for commercial, industrial, and residential carpentry.
  • Project layout including uses of transits and levels.

Prerequisites

AS Program: Algebra I, Algebra II, Geometry, and Physics or Lab Chemistry required.
AAS Program: Algebra I required; Algebra II, Geometry, and Physics or Lab Chemistry desired.
Certificate Program: Algebra I required.

Curriculum