Pennsylvania Builders Association (PBA)

The Bachelor of Science degree in Residential Construction Technology and Management is focused on the management of construction projects typified by single-family detached residential housing. The program is based on applied construction skills in their first four semesters, followed by advanced coursework related to residential construction and management. Additional coursework includes basic management and accounting, advanced estimating and scheduling, residential building systems, cost control, codes compliance, construction law, purchasing, and energy management issues.

Students may also choose to declare the Building Construction Technology associate-degree major (CB) by declaring a dual degree.

Career Opportunities

Job opportunities will be focused primarily in the residential housing industry: builder, contractor, specialty contractor, project supervisor, warranty manager, estimator, purchasing agent, job foreman, site supervisor, inspector, project coordinator, project planner.

Special Equipment Needs

See the Tool List on the Building Construction Technology major web page.

Remediation Strategies

Success in college-level coursework requires minimum levels of proficiency in math, reading, and English. Therefore, all new students must meet placement requirements to demonstrate their skills in these three areas.

Students are expected to remediate any deficiencies as explained in the College Catalog (see www.pct.edu/catalog/PlacementTesting).

Transfer Procedures

This major is subject to the transfer standards established in the College Catalog (www.pct.edu/catalog/TransferringCredits). Exceptions must be approved by the school dean.

Program Goals

A graduate of this major should be able to:

  • develop and implement a comprehensive job-site safety plan in accordance with applicable standards, and be able to ensure project compliance with all pertinent safety and insurance regulations.
  • interpret project drawings, make necessary changes during the construction process, and evaluate the impact of changes on schedules, costs, and resource requirements.
  • apply knowledge of current and emerging building system technologies and codes to evaluate, propose, and plan construction projects for distinctive residential construction projects.
  • manage all aspects of the residential construction process including marketing, planning, estimating, scheduling, quality control, and coordination of job-site resources.
  • communicate effectively with all groups involved in the residential construction process including prospective owners, subcontractors, skilled and unskilled laborers, supervisors, and government representatives.
  • organize and manage all aspects of project cost control using appropriate specialized software and computer hardware.
  • apply knowledge of basic legal and contractual requirements of residential construction projects and be able to incorporate the requirements into plans, drawings, communications, and construction practices.
  • manage human resources aspects of construction project personnel in areas of staffing requirements, training, ethical responsibilities, policy issues, ADA compliance, equal opportunity legislation, union and non-union labor, and conflict resolution.

Curriculum

First Semester Credits Notes Lecture Lab/Clinical M/S Type
FYE101 First Year Experience 1 .50 1.50 S REQ
BCT103 Construction Hand and Power Tools 1 3 M REQ
BCT104 Construction Safety and Equipment 1 3 M REQ
BCT109 Framing Principles 4 2 6 M REQ
BCT110 Site Preparation and Layout 2 1 3 M REQ
BCT117 Construction Materials and Application I 3 3 M REQ
CSC124 Information, Technology, and Society 3 3 S REQ
MTH180 College Algebra and Trigonometry I 3 3 S REQ
TOTAL CREDITS 18
Second Semester Credits Notes Lecture Lab/Clinical M/S Type
BCT118 Construction Materials and Applications II 3 3 M REQ
BCT107 Print Reading and Architectural Drafting 3 1 6 M REQ
BCT135 Weather Resistant Barriers and Finishes 2 .50 4.50 M REQ
BCT140 Roof Structures 3 1 6 M REQ
BCT130 Interior Finish 3 1 6 M REQ
ENL111 English Composition I 3 3 S REQ
FIT Fitness and Lifetime Sports Elective 1   S FIT
TOTAL CREDITS 18
Third Semester Credits Notes Lecture Lab/Clinical M/S Type
BCT234 Masonry Principles 5 2 9 M REQ
BCT238 Concrete Construction 3 1 6 M REQ
BCT260 Introduction to Electrical and Mechanical Systems 3 3 M REQ
ENL121 English Composition II 3 3 S REQ
or
ENL201 Technical and Professional Communication 3 3 S REQ
PHS114 Physics with Technological Applications 4 3 3 S REQ
or
PHS115 College Physics I 4 3 3 S REQ
TOTAL CREDITS 18
Fourth Semester Credits Notes Lecture Lab/Clinical M/S Type
BCT255 Construction Estimating 3 3 M REQ
BCT256 Residential Construction Planning, Scheduling and Management 3 3 M REQ
BCT259 Trim and Millwork 5 2 9 M REQ
BCT268 Construction Technology Applications 3 1 6 M REQ
BCT305 Codes in Construction 1 1 M REQ
HUM Humanities Elective 3   S HUM
or
SSE Social Science Elective 3   S SSE
or
ART Art Elective 3   S ART
or
FOR Foreign Language Elective 3   S FOR
or
AAE Applied Arts Elective 3   S AAE
or
IFE International Field Experience Elective 3   S IFE
TOTAL CREDITS 18
Fifth Semester Credits Notes Lecture Lab/Clinical M/S Type
ACH135 Architectural Computer Aided Drafting 3 2 3 M REQ
BCT307 Managing Construction Safety 3 3 M REQ
ACC113 Introduction to Financial Accounting 3 3 S REQ
MGT115 Principles of Management 3 3 M REQ
SPC101 Fundamentals of Speech 3 3 S REQ
or
SPC201 Interpersonal Communication 3 3 S REQ
SSE Social Science Elective 3   S SSE
TOTAL CREDITS 18
Sixth Semester Credits Notes Lecture Lab/Clinical M/S Type
BCT300 Residential Management I 3 Writing Enriched Requirement 3 M REQ
BCT321 Residential Design and Build 1 3 M REQ
BCT322 Managing Changes During Construction 1 1 M REQ
ACC210 Payroll, State, and Local Taxation 3 3 S REQ
ART Art Elective 3   S ART
MTH172 Introduction to Geometry 3 2.50 1.50 S REQ
or
MTH182 College Algebra and Trigonometry II 3 3 S REQ
SCI Science Elective 3   S SCI
TOTAL CREDITS 17
Summer Session Credits Notes Lecture Lab/Clinical M/S Type
BCT496I Senior Project Internship 3 M REQ
TOTAL CREDITS 3
Seventh Semester Credits Notes Lecture Lab/Clinical M/S Type
BCT340 Land and Property Development 1 1 M REQ
BCT308 Residential Management II 2 2 M REQ
BCT330 Residential Building Systems 3 3 M REQ
FIT Fitness and Lifetime Sports Elective 1   S FIT
BPT Cultural Diversity Elective: Humanities/Social Science/Art/Foreign Language/Applied Arts/Int'l Field Exp 3   S BPT
HUM Humanities Elective 3   S HUM
OEA Open Elective 3   S OEA
TOTAL CREDITS 16
Eighth Semester Credits Notes Lecture Lab/Clinical M/S Type
BCT411 Advanced Residential Estimating and Scheduling 3 2 3 M REQ
BCT420 Advanced Mechanical Systems 2 2 M REQ
BCT430 Contemporary Issues in Residential Construction 3 Science, Technology and Society Requirement 3 M REQ
COR Liberal Arts Elective 3   S COR
MGT248 Supervision and Human Relations 3 3 M REQ
OEA Open Elective 3   S OEA
TOTAL CREDITS 17

Additional Information

Endorsed by the Pennsylvania Builders Association.