The concrete science technology degree prepares students to excel in the production and analytical evaluation of concrete and the specified applications, aggregate selection, and admixture techniques and products in the concrete industry. Emphasis is placed on specialized properties of concrete, building codes, estimating, and troubleshooting of prior installations.
Designed to meet industry demands. Concrete is one of the most widely used materials in the building industry today, creating a need for skilled workers. The concrete science technology program was designed in partnership with industry experts to meet this increasing need.
One of a kind. A mixture of science, technology and construction, this program is the only one of its kind on the East Coast.
Build your skills. Earn two degrees in as little as three years. Graduates of concrete science technology may complete an associate’s degree in building construction technology with an additional year of study.
Industry certifications. Industry-valued certifications, such as American Concrete Institute (ACI) and Insulated Concrete Forms (ICF) certifications are embedded in the curriculum.
Small class sizes. Students receive individualized attention in hands-on labs.
Keep going. The concrete science technology degree seamlessly transfers into the Bachelor of Science residential construction technology and management degree with no loss of credits. Students may also pursue the applied management degree, offered via distance learning.
About the curriculum
View the classes you will be attending in the College Catalog.
Graduates will benefit from a wide variety of career paths ranging from concrete quality control specialist, highway inspector, research and development technician, batch plant production manager/supervisor, ready mix plant manager, engineering technician, aggregate production and supply manager, admixture technician, concrete supply sales, decorative concrete specialist, structural engineer, and form and placement specialist. These job classifications differ from those having skill sets in flatwork and finishing and require a stronger knowledge of composition and application.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual wage for cement masons and concrete finishers was $40,650 in May 2017. The top 10 percent earned more than $72,910.
Industries with the highest published employment for this occupation are:
|Industry||Employment||Hourly mean wage||Annual mean wage|
|Foundation, Structure, and Building Exterior Contractors||88,420||$21.27||$44,240|
|Other Specialty Trade Contractors||29,780||$21.37||$44,440|
|Nonresidential Building Construction||17,160||$23.95||$49,820|
|Highway, Street, and Bridge Construction||13,220||$22.53||$46,860|
|Residential Building Construction||8,500||$24.20||$50,340|
Statistics reported in May 2017
This major is subject to the transfer standards established in the College Catalog (www.pct.edu/catalog/TransferringCredits/htm). Exceptions must be approved by the school dean.
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
Penn College Construction Association (PCCA)
Concrete Science Technology Advisory Committee
- Ms. Susan K Armstrong, Quality Control Manager/Treasurer, Central Builders Supply Company
- Mr. Doug Cassatt, Sales Rep., Lehigh Cement
- Mr. Kenneth E Crank, Director of Concrete Promotion, Pennsylvania Aggregates & Concrete Assoc.
- Mr. Claude Goguen, Director of Outreach and Technical Education, National Precast Concrete Association
- Mr. Edgar D Groninger, Technical Sales, Admixtures, Inc.
- Mr. Jason Hodlofski, Sales Manager, Hoover Hardware Do It Center
- Mr. Philip Kresge, Sr. VP, Local Paving, National Ready Mixed Concrete Assn.
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.