Residential Construction Technology and Management (BRM)

(Effective Fall 2014)

This major is focused on the management of construction projects typified by single-family detached residential housing. The program is based on students' completion of an applied technology curriculum for the first four semesters in a building technology related field. Other applied technology degrees in areas such as HVAC and Electrical Technology will also be considered for the directed technical elective requirements of the BRM major. The major allows students who have acquired appropriate applied technology skills in their first two years to move into advanced course work related to residential construction and management. Additional course work 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, change management, and energy management issues.

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 Admissions Requirements

Students seeking entrance must have completed an associate's degree in a construction-related program. Students in Penn College A.A.S. majors that do not currently require MTH 180 should be advised that MTH 180 is required for the Residential Construction Technology and Management major.

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

Transfer Procedures

All students entering the major will be considered for junior-level status, as they will have earned the first two years in their respective associate-degree majors in a building construction discipline. Eligible majors include Electrical Technology (EL), Architectural Technology (AT), Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning Technology (HV), Landscape/Horticulture Technology (LE), Building Construction Technology (CB), Concrete Science (SS), and Masonry (MN). Students who have not met the bachelor-degree requirements for the first four semesters will be required to take the necessary courses in order to complete the degree. Students transferring from other institutions with an A.A.S. in a relevant applied technology field will be evaluated for admission to the BRM major based on their degree and appropriate course work in general education areas. Additional transfer protocols, as established by the College, apply (see

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.


First Semester Credits
BRM Directed Building Technology Electives 12  
CSC124 Information, Technology, and Society 3  
MTH180 College Algebra and Trigonometry I 3  
Second Semester Credits
BRM Directed Building Technology Electives 12  
ENL111 English Composition I 3  
FIT Fitness and Lifetime Sports Elective 1  
Third Semester Credits
BRM Directed Building Technology Electives 11  
ENL201 Technical and Professional Communication 3  
PHS114 Physics with Technological Applications 4  
PHS103 Physics Survey 3  
Fourth Semester Credits
BRM Directed Building Technology Electives 10  
HUM Humanities Elective 3  
SSE Social Science Elective 3  
ART Art Elective 3  
FOR Foreign Language Elective 3  
AAE Applied Arts Elective 3  
IFE International Field Experience Elective 3  
Fifth Semester Credits
ACC113 Introduction to Financial Accounting 3  
ACH135 Architectural Computer Aided Drafting 3  
BCT307 Managing Construction Safety 3  
MGT115 Principles of Management 3  
SPC101 Fundamentals of Speech 3  
SPC201 Interpersonal Communication 3  
SSE Social Science Elective 3  
Sixth Semester Credits
ACC210 Payroll, State, and Local Taxation 3  
BCT300 Residential Management I 3  Writing Enriched Requirement
BCT321 Residential Design and Build 1  
BCT322 Managing Changes During Construction 1  
MTH172 Introduction to Geometry 3  
MTH182 College Algebra and Trigonometry II 3  
SCI Science Elective 3  
ART Art Elective 3  
Summer Session Credits
BCT496I Senior Project Internship 3  
Seventh Semester Credits
BCT340 Land and Property Development 1  
BCT308 Residential Management II 2  
BCT330 Residential Building Systems 3  
HUM Humanities Elective 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  
OEA Open Elective 3  
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
MGT248 Supervision and Human Relations 3  
COR Liberal Arts Elective 3  
OEA Open Elective 3  

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