This associate's degree in Building Construction Technology prepares a graduate with job-entry competencies in the residental and light construction industry. The curriculum emphasizes:

  • layout
  • construction materials
  • construction methods
  • cost estimation
  • project management
  • construction safety
  • technical and managerial

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.

Upon completion of the associate's degree, student may pursue a bachelor's degree in Residential Construction Technology and Management , Building Science and Sustainable Design, or Applied Management.

Students can complete 2 associate's degrees in 5 semesters by enrolling in the dual degree option.

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About the curriculum

Classes

View the classes you will be attending in the College Catalog.

Accreditation & Industry Connections
Pennsylvania Builders Association (PBA)

Endorsed by the Pennsylvania Builders Association.

After Graduation

Career Opportunities

Positions leading to supervisor, contractor, construction technician, or construction superintendent. These positions require, in addition to this degree, suitable job experience.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual wage for carpenters was $43,600 in May 2016. The top 10 percent earned more than $79,480.

Industries with the highest published employment for this occupation are:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Residential Building Construction205,510$21.83$45,420
Nonresidential Building Construction118,680$25.32$52,670
Building Finishing Contractors110,510$24.22$50,370
Foundation, Structure, and Building Exterior Contractors87,990$21.68$45,090
Other Specialty Trade Contractors18,140$24.55$51,070

Statistics reported in May 2016

Transfer Procedures

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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.

Tool List

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

Clubs & Activities

Penn College Construction Association (PCCA)

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US Green Building Council (USGBC) Students of Penn College

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Carpentry & Construction Technology Advisory Committee

  • Mr. Steve Brannan, 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, Assistant Project Manager, Jingoli Power
  • Mr. Carl Hillyard, Retired Instructor (PCT)
  • Mr. Robert Jones
  • Mr. Ken Kurtz, President/CEO, Ken Kurtz Builders
  • Dustin M Ott, Project Manager, Clayco
  • Mr. Warren Peter, President/CEO, Warren Peter Construction, Inc.
  • Mr. Zachary Reiver, Assistant Project Manager/Field Engineer, E. R. Stuebner, Inc.

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.

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