Building Construction Technology

Associate of Applied Science Degree (A.A.S.)
Construction student working in lab

About this program

Plan, design, and execute homes and smaller-scale commercial buildings. From estimating and layout to material selection and safety considerations, coursework taps into all phases of the construction process from start to finish.

Applicants of this major may qualify for the BE Scholars Scholarship.


Placement Rate


Hired BEFORE Graduation

Specialized Building Construction Skills & Business Essentials


  • Supervisor
  • Construction technician
  • Construction superintendent

At Penn College, we believe your educational experience should go beyond specialized skills. Real-world ready means taking a broader approach that builds communication skills, inspires collaboration, and encourages exploration of arts, history, and science.

​​Specialization requires in-depth knowledge and high-level proficiency. Students learn and apply major-specific concepts, skills, and methods.

  • Construction Hand and Power Tools (BCT103)
  • Construction Safety and Equipment (BCT104)
  • Framing Principles (BCT109)
  • Site Preparation and Layout (BCT110)
  • Construction Materials and Application I (BCT117)
  • Construction Materials and Applications II (BCT118)
  • Print Reading and Architectural Drafting (BCT107)
  • Interior Finish (BCT130)
  • Weather Resistant Barriers and Finishes (BCT135)
  • Roof Structures (BCT140)
  • Masonry Principles (BCT234)
  • Concrete Construction (BCT238)
  • Introduction to Electrical and Mechanical Systems (BCT260)
  • Construction Estimating (BCT255)
  • Residential Construction Planning, Scheduling and Management (BCT256)
  • Trim and Millwork (BCT259)
  • Construction Technology Applications (BCT268)
  • Codes in Construction (BCT305)

​Perspectives are points of view, offering a variety of ways of understanding, interacting, and influencing the world. Students identify, explain, and utilize the approaches used by academics and professionals to study, analyze, or understand problems, and offer solutions.

  • First Year Experience (FYE101)
  • Fitness and Lifetime Sports Elective (FIT)
  • Physics Survey (PHS103) or
  • Physics with Technological Applications (PHS114)
  • Humanities Elective (HUM) or
  • Social Science Elective (SSE) or
  • Art Elective (ART) or
  • Foreign Language Elective (FOR) or
  • Applied Arts Elective (AAE) or
  • International Field Experience Elective (IFE)

​​Foundations are the practical, intellectual, and social skills: communication, collaboration, critical and ethical thinking, quantitative thinking, and technological literacy that are crucial to every student at every stage of education and at every stage of life.

  • Information, Technology, and Society (CSC124)
  • Technical Algebra and Trigonometry I (MTH124) or
  • College Algebra and Trigonometry I (MTH180)
  • English Composition I (ENL111)
  • Technical and Professional Communication (ENL201)



Building Construction Labs

Put theory to practice in our fully equipped learning labs dedicated to carpentry, masonry, concrete, and safety.

Student Experience

"The hands-on portion of the degree was unlike anything else around, even across the country. I’m glad I made the decision to come here."

Everett Appleby

Building Construction Technology

Industry Partners

Work with experts to become an expert

Penn College's strong partnerships impact every step of your journey – from your first day in the classroom and labs, to career placement (oftentimes before graduation) and beyond.

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Your knowledge in practice

Internships are key for career preparation. Apply your knowledge to the workplace and learn about the industry first-hand.

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Student Life

Lead and put your skills to the test

Penn College Construction Association (PCCA)

PCCA, the Student Chapter of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), allows students to participate in national competitions such as the NAHB Student Competition, to earn building industry awards.


Participation in SkillsUSA gives students a chance to compete in more than 80 national competitions.

Student Organizations at Penn College

Your college experience is about more than the classroom. Join one of 65+ clubs and organizations, or create your own.


Networking opportunities plentiful at concrete conventions

The School of Construction & Design Technologies’ concrete science technology major was well-represented by students ...


Ceremony marks college’s contribution to veterans memorial

“God bless these students and their instructors,” the manager of the Lycoming County Veterans Memorial Park project ...


Manufacturer opens plant to college’s concrete program

Penn College students and faculty were recently invited by Doug Cassatt, of the Lehigh Hanson Heidleberg Cement Group, to tour ...

Study Abroad

Gain global experience

See the world via Williamsport. Take your education abroad and get hands-on experience learning about your industry on a global scale.

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Student Experience

The community as their classroom

Women in Construction builds confidence in tomorrow’s workforce

The Women in Construction club coordinated activities for ninth through 12th graders, including a networking lunch and group sessions in the architecture/sustainable design, building construction and HVAC/plumbing labs.

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More Information

Endorsed by the Pennsylvania Builders Association.

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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.

View the Building Construction Technology Tool List

Uniforms and tools are available for purchase through The College Store .

Alternative Credit refers to academic credits earned through means other than traditional college course completion, including: credit by exam, articulation, proof of competency gained in high school, work/life experience, and advanced placement.

Visit the Alternative Credit Options page for requirements and procedures and for information on credit through Advanced Placement.

  • Mr. Steve Brannan, '07, '09, Construction Manager, Toll Brothers Inc.
  • Mr. Douglas J Cassatt, Sales Representative, North Region, Lehigh Cement Company
  • Mr. Thomas J Collins, President, Phoenix Contractors, Inc.
  • Mr. Seth Culbert, '07, '09, Assistant Project Manager, Jingoli Power
  • Mr. Brian S Ferguson, '08, '09, Vice President, Ferguson Construction Company
  • Mr. Carl Hillyard, Retired Instructor (PCT)
  • Mr. Robert Jones
  • Mr. Ken Kurtz, President/CEO, Ken Kurtz Builders
  • Mr. Dustin M Ott, '08, '10, Project Manager, Clayco
  • Mr. Warren Peter, '74, President/CEO, Warren Peter Construction, Inc.
  • Mr. Zachary Reiver, '12, Assistant Project Manager/Field Engineer, E. R. Stuebner, Inc.
  • Mr. Thomas A Whitehouse, '13, Project Engineer II, Harkins Builders

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