Effective Fall 2022

This major prepares students with job-entry competencies in the construction industry. Students learn the principles and technologies of residential and light commercial construction. The curriculum emphasizes layout, construction materials, construction methods, cost estimation, project management, and construction safety. Courses in English, mathematics, science, and computer applications are included to enhance a student's career opportunities. Students learn the technical and managerial skills necessary for advancement in the industry. This major may serve as a basis for continued education leading to a bachelor's degree in Residential Construction Technology and Management (BRM).

Career Opportunities

Positions leading to supervisor, contractor, construction technician, or construction superintendent. These positions require, in addition to this degree, suitable job experience.

Special Equipment Needs

See program Tool List for major.

Remediation Strategies

All incoming students must meet placement requirements in math. Students are expected to remediate any deficiencies as explained in the College Catalog (see https://www.pct.edu/catalog/admissions-policy).

Program Goals

A graduate of this major should be able to:
  • practice safe work habits, identify work hazards, and demonstrate responsible attitudes and high-quality work.
  • demonstrate the basic manipulative skills needed to lay out and plan work.
  • interpret plans, drawings, specifications, lines, symbols, and abbreviations on working drawings or blueprints.
  • lay out and erect residential and commercial structures.
  • identify the building codes related to all the various aspects of the residential building industry.
  • analyze specifications and contract drawings; make accurate quantity take-offs and labor estimations to develop an estimated construction cost for a building project.
  • prepare preliminary architectural working drawings and sketches.
  • demonstrate basic knowledge and skills in masonry and concrete construction.
  • describe the organization, financing, labor relations, selling, pricing, customer service, management, and other aspects of business.
  • describe the complexity of the building construction industry, the relationship among the various trades, methods of communication and coordination among all trades and professions in the industry.
  • apply technical and basic skills on practical residential and light commercial construction projects.

Curriculum

First SemesterCreditsNotesLectureLab/ClinicalM/SType
FYE101First Year Experience 1.50 1.50 SREQ
BCT103Construction Hand & Power Tools 1 3 MREQ
BCT104Construction Safety & Equipment 1 3 MREQ
BCT109Framing Principles 42 6 MREQ
BCT110Site Preparation & Layout 21 3 MREQ
BCT117Construction Materials & Application I 33 MREQ
CSC124Information, Technology & Society 33 SREQ
MTH123Technical Algebra & Trigonometry I 32.50 1.50 SREQ
or
MTH181College Algebra & Trigonometry I 32.50 1.50 SREQ
TOTAL CREDITS 18
Second SemesterCreditsNotesLectureLab/ClinicalM/SType
BCT118Construction Materials & Applications II 33 MREQ
BCT129Print Reading & Drafting 21 3 MREQ
BCT130Interior Finish 31 6 MREQ
BCT135Weather Resistant Barriers & Finishes 2.50 4.50 MREQ
BCT140Roof Structures 31 6 MREQ
ENL111English Composition I 33 SREQ
TOTAL CREDITS 16
Third SemesterCreditsNotesLectureLab/ClinicalM/SType
BCT234Masonry Principles 52 9 MREQ
BCT238Concrete Construction 31 6 MREQ
BCT260Introduction to Electrical & Mechanical Systems 33 MREQ
ENL201Technical & Professional Communication 33 SREQ
PHS103Physics Survey 33 SREQ
or
PHS114Physics with Technological Applications 43 3 SREQ
TOTAL CREDITS 17
Fourth SemesterCreditsNotesLectureLab/ClinicalM/SType
BCT255Construction Estimating 33 MREQ
BCT256Residential Construction Planning, Scheduling & Management 33 MREQ
BCT259Trim & Millwork 52 9 MREQ
BCT278Construction Technology Applications 21 3 MREQ
BCT305Codes in Construction 11 MREQ
CDPCore Global & Cultural Diversity Perspective 3 SCDP
or
HIPCore Historical Perspective 3 SHIP
or
ARPCore Arts Perspective 3 SARP
or
AAPCore Applied Arts Perspective 3 SAAP
or
SSPCore Social Science Perspective 3 SSSP
TOTAL CREDITS 17

Additional Information

Endorsed by the Pennsylvania Builders Association.