The Residential Builder certificate program is intended to provide entry level skills, training, and education to obtain employment as a building construction technician.

The curriculum emphasizes:

  • all aspects of framing
  • exterior finish
  • interior finish
  • masonry
  • concrete application
  • safety regulation and code compliance
  • home remodeling

Program Specs

  • Application/Major Code: RB view in catalog
  • School: Construction & Design Technologies
  • Degree Type: Certificate
  • Total Credits: 53
Building Construction Technology Building Construction Technology Building Construction Technology

After Graduation

Career Opportunities

Entry level positions as a building construction technician, with an emphasis in carpentry, masonry, and concrete applications. Advancement possibilities in employment in plants or factories where building units, components or building materials are made or sold.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual wage for construction laborers was $33,430 in May 2016. The top 10 percent earned more than $62,600.

Industries with the highest published employment for this occupation are:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Other Specialty Trade Contractors153,460$18.17$37,790
Residential Building Construction113,590$16.94$35,240
Nonresidential Building Construction111,040$19.44$40,430
Foundation, Structure, and Building Exterior Contractors106,570$17.74$36,890
Utility System Construction96,830$18.71$38,920

Statistics reported in May 2016

Gainful Employment Report

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

Construction Management Association (CMA)

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Penn College Construction Association (PCCA)

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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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