Residential Construction Technology & Management

Bachelor of Science Degree (B.S.)
Student working in the lab

About this program

This bachelor-level program lays the framework in residential construction. Studying everything from layout to materials and methods, you’ll learn what it takes to build a home and a career. Management courses on topics like estimating, scheduling, and code compliance coupled with leadership-building experience fuel your momentum to play a leading role in this dynamic field.

Next steps...

You're on your way to becoming a tomorrow maker.

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Choose from 4 Areas of Specialization

17

Average Class Size

225

Hours of Internship Experience

Careers

  • Builder
  • Job foreman
  • Site supervisor
Courses

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.

  • Directed Building Technology Electives (BRM)
  • Construction Estimating (BCT255)
  • Residential Management I (BCT300)
  • Managing Construction Safety (BCT307)
  • Residential Design & Build (BCT321)
  • Managing Changes During Construction (BCT322)
  • Residential Construction Industry Internship (BCT477)
  • Contemporary Issues in Residential Construction (BCT342)
  • Residential Management II (BCT308)
  • Residential Building Systems (BCT330)
  • Advanced Residential Estimating & Scheduling (BCT411)
  • Advanced Mechanical Systems (BCT420)
  • Residential Building Construction Project (BCT409)

​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.

  • Physics Survey (PHS103) or
  • Physics with Technological Applications (PHS114)
  • Construction Estimating (BCT255)
  • Core Global & Cultural Diversity Perspective (CDP)
  • Residential Management I (BCT300)
  • Managing Construction Safety (BCT307)
  • Core Historical Perspective (HIP)
  • Residential Design & Build (BCT321)
  • Managing Changes During Construction (BCT322)
  • Core Arts Perspective (ARP)
  • Science Elective (SCI) or
  • Science Elective with lab (SCL)
  • Residential Construction Industry Internship (BCT477)
  • Contemporary Issues in Residential Construction (BCT342)
  • Residential Management II (BCT308)
  • Residential Building Systems (BCT330)
  • Core Social Science Perspective (SSP)
  • Advanced Residential Estimating & Scheduling (BCT411)
  • Advanced Mechanical Systems (BCT420)
  • Residential Building Construction Project (BCT409)

​​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 & Society (CSC124)
  • Technical Algebra & Trigonometry I (MTH123) or
  • College Algebra & Trigonometry I (MTH181)
  • English Composition I (ENL111)
  • Technical & Professional Communication (ENL201)
  • Speech Elective (SPC)
  • Introduction to Geometry (MTH172)
Facilities

Lab Tour

Meet Professor Kruppenbacher and take a walk through the Building Trades Center at Penn College. Check out the expansive lab spaces where you'll learn how to do everything from framing and roofing to interior finishing techniques like hanging drywall and installing tile and hardwood flooring.

Construction Labs
Facilities

Construction Labs

Put theory to practice in our fully equipped learning labs dedicated to carpentry, masonry, concrete, and safety. You'll also have access to a computer lab that's reserved for upper-level management coursework.

Maker Profiles
Featured Videos

Wildcat Spotlight: Tucker Phillippe-Johansson

Meet Tucker—a men’s tennis player and Residential Construction Technology & Management student. For Tucker, Penn College was a win-win. He’s able to complete collegiately and guaranteed an immersive learning experience. Check out his story and learn why he loves Wildcat life on and off the court.

Makerspace: dream, create and innovate!

The makerspace is an open workshop for all students. Take hands-on learning to the next level. Explore your creativity. Bring your ideas to light. Collaborate with other students, faculty and staff, or work independently to test theories, explore ideas, and gain real-world skills to power your career. 

Tour Schedule

Seeing is believing.

Think Penn College might be a good fit for you? Make plans to visit and discover what hands-on learning is all about. Academic Tours allow you to explore labs and get to the core of your future program. If you’re looking for a deeper dive into your academic area of interest, opt for a Self-Scheduled Personal Tour. Comprehensive COVID-19 safety protocols are in place.

Sep 10

Open House

Saturday, September 108:30 AM - 2:30 PM Eastern Time (U.S.)

Sep 23

Open House

Friday, September 238:30 AM - 2:30 PM Eastern Time (U.S.)

Oct 9

Open House

Sunday, October 98:30 AM - 2:30 PM Eastern Time (U.S.)

Oct 28

Open House

Friday, October 288:30 AM - 2:30 PM Eastern Time (U.S.)

Nov 5

Open House

Saturday, November 58:30 AM - 2:30 PM Eastern Time (U.S.)

Nov 18

Open House

Friday, November 188:30 AM - 2:30 PM Eastern Time (U.S.)

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Contact

Admissions Office

If you can't attend any of these dates Contact Admissions at 570.320.2400

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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Student Life

Lead and put your skills to the test

Penn College Construction Association (PCCA)

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.

 SkillsUSA

SkillsUSA

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

Student Organizations at Penn College

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.

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Dual Degree
Select your area of focus

Select your area of focus

Students entering this bachelor degree as first semester freshman must declare a dual degree in one of the following associate's degrees:

Gain global experience
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

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

Special Admissions Requirements
Students entering this bachelor’s degree must declare a dual degree with one of the following associate's degree majors:

Architecture (AX)
Building Construction Technology (CB)
Concrete Science Technology (SS)
Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning Technology (HV)

Current students in any of the above associate degrees who desire to earn a bachelor’s degree in Residential Construction Technology and Management must declare a dual degree with this major. Established dual degree requirements must be satisfied.

Students transferring from other programs within Penn College, or other institutions, with an A.A.S. in a related applied construction technology field will be evaluated for admission to the Residential Construction Technology and Management major based on their degree and related technical coursework.

Students transferring from other institutions with an A.A.S. in a related applied construction technology field will be evaluated for admission to the Residential Construction Technology and Management major based on their degree and related technical coursework. General education coursework will be evaluated according to the transfer standards of the institution (see https://www.pct.edu/admissions/transfer/transferring-credits). Exceptions must be approved by the school dean.

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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

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. Doug 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