Building Construction Technology
This associate's degree in Building Construction Technology prepares a graduate with job-entry competencies in the construction industry. Students learn the principles and technologies of residential and light commercial construction. The curriculum emphasizes layout, construction materials, construction methods, cost estimation, project management and construction safety. Courses in English, mathematics, science, computer applications, and a social science or humanities elective are included to enhance a student's career opportunities. Students learn the technical and managerial skills necessary for advancement in the industry. This major may serve as a basis for continued education leading to a bachelor's degree in building construction management and/or vocational education.
About the curriculum
View the classes you will be attending in the College Catalog.
Accreditation & Industry Connections
List of jobs via the College Catalog.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics median hourly wages of wage and salary carpenters were $18.72 in May 2008. The middle 50 percent earned between $14.42 and $25.37. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $11.66, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $33.34.
Industries with the highest published employment and wages for this occupation are:
|Industry||Employment||Hourly mean wage||Annual mean wage|
|Residential Building Construction||180,480||$19.72||$41,010|
|Nonresidential Building Construction||119,820||$23.19||$48,230|
|Building Finishing Contractors||94,050||$22.04||$45,850|
|Foundation, Structure, and Building Exterior Contractors||71,360||$19.85||$41,280|
*Statistics reported in May 2010
View general transfer procedures via the College Catalog.
Tools, Uniforms & Supplies
Students are required to purchase their own personal tools as they progress through the program. Not all tools are required initially, and students should talk to their instructors on the first day of classes to find out which ones are required. Students who qualify for financial aid may purchase their tools through the College Store.
Uniforms and tools are available for purchase through The College Store.
Clubs & Activities
Construction Management Association (CMA)
Penn College Construction Association (PCCA)
Sigma Lambda Chi
Carpentry & Construction Technology Advisory Committee
Advisory committees, which act as recommending bodies to the faculty and administration, consist of in-field professionals who act as partners in the development of curriculum. Their curricular and equipment advice as well as their industry connections and internship opportunities are invaluable to our students and to the growth of our institution.