Pennsylvania Builders Association (PBA)

(Effective Fall 2016)

This major is focused on the management of construction projects typified by single-family detached residential housing. The program is a BS degree that is based on students' completion of an applied technology curriculum in Building Construction Technology for the first four semesters of the program.

The Bachelor of Science degree in Residential Construction Technology and management will allow students who have acquired appropriate applied construction skills in their first two years to move into advanced coursework related to residential construction and management. Additional coursework includes basic management and accounting, plus courses focused on topics such as 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

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

Additional Information

Endorsed by the Pennsylvania Builders Association.