Pennsylvania Builders Association (PBA)

Building Construction Technology (CB)

(Effective Fall 2016)

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, computer applications, and a social science or humanities elective 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) or Building Science and Sustainable Design (BST) and/or vocational education.

Career Opportunities

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

Recommended High School Subjects

Two years of algebra, one year of science. One year of geometry is desirable.

Special Equipment Needs

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

Remediation Strategies

All students entering the major will be tested for English, math, and reading deficiencies. Students are expected to remediate any deficiencies during the first semester as explained in the College Catalog (see

Transfer Procedures

This major is subject to the transfer standards established in the College Catalog ( Exceptions must be approved by the school dean.

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 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.


First SemesterCredits
FYE101First Year Experience 1 
BCT103Construction Hand and Power Tools 1 
BCT104Construction Safety and Equipment 1 
BCT109Framing Principles 4 
BCT110Site Preparation and Layout 2 
BCT117Construction Materials and Application I 3 
CSC124Information, Technology, and Society 3 
MTH124Technical Algebra and Trigonometry I 3 
MTH180College Algebra and Trigonometry I 3 
Second SemesterCredits
BCT118Construction Materials and Applications II 3 
BCT107Print Reading and Architectural Drafting 3 
BCT130Interior Finish 3 
BCT135Weather Resistant Barriers and Finishes 2 
BCT140Roof Structures 3 
ENL111English Composition I 3 
FITFitness and Lifetime Sports Elective 1 
Third SemesterCredits
BCT234Masonry Principles 5 
BCT238Concrete Construction 3 
BCT260Introduction to Electrical and Mechanical Systems 3 
ENL201Technical and Professional Communication 3 
PHS103Physics Survey 3 
PHS114Physics with Technological Applications 4 
Fourth SemesterCredits
BCT255Construction Estimating 3 
BCT256Residential Construction Planning, Scheduling and Management 3 
BCT259Trim and Millwork 5 
BCT268Construction Technology Applications 3 
BCT305Codes in Construction 1 
HUMHumanities Elective 3 
SSESocial Science Elective 3 
ARTArt Elective 3 
FORForeign Language Elective 3 
AAEApplied Arts Elective 3 
IFEInternational Field Experience Elective 3 

MTH 180 is recommended for students desiring to transfer into B.S. majors after completing A.A.S. requirements.

Additional Information

Endorsed by the Pennsylvania Builders Association.