The associate's degree in Building Construction Technology provides students with the skills necessary for careers in masonry construction, including:
- design, layout
- estimating and erection
- bricklaying and stone
- technologies of fireplace and structural masonry construction
Related courses and electives will improve the student's potential for advancement and further prepare the graduate for employment. Instruction is broad-based to expose students to all types of construction features. Students learn to solve problems and accomplish multi-faceted tasks in the industry.
Upon completion of the associate's degree, students may pursue a bachelor's degree in Residential Construction Technology and Management or Applied Management.
Students can complete 2 associate's degrees in 5 semesters by enrolling in the dual degree option.
About the curriculum
View the classes you will be attending in the College Catalog.
Accreditation & Industry Connections
Endorsed by the Pennsylvania Builders Association.
According to the most recent Penn College Graduate Survey 2012-13, the starting salary for Residential Construction bachelor degree graduates range from $30,000 to $50,000. The average full-time salary was $42, 857. The survey had a response rate of 52.6% and was administered six months after graduation. Overall placement (field of study or preferred field) was 100%.
Students graduate with entry-level skills in masonry. Additional skills in architectural drawing, blueprint reading, estimating and related topics make the graduate qualified for a variety of positions such as blocklayer or bricklayer, inspector, sales representative, and entry-level management. Also, graduates could seek self-employment in masonry trades.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual wage for stonemasons was $39,780 in May 2016. The top 10 percent earned more than $65,790.
Industries with the highest published employment for this occupation are:
|Industry||Employment||Hourly mean wage||Annual mean wage|
|Foundation, Structure, and Building Exterior Contractors||7,660||$21.38||$44,480|
|Building Finishing Contractors||1,970||$21.22||$44,150|
|Other Nonmetallic Mineral Product Manufacturing||1,070||$18.91||$39,330|
|Other Specialty Trade Contractors||780||$17.75||$36,910|
|Services to Buildings and Dwellings||390||$22.37||$46,530|
Statistics reported in May 2016
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)
US Green Building Council (USGBC) Students of Penn College
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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