Pennsylvania Builders Association (PBA)

(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 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:
  • 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.

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  
MTH124 Technical Algebra and Trigonometry I 3  
or
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  
BCT130 Interior Finish 3  
BCT135 Weather Resistant Barriers and Finishes 2  
BCT140 Roof Structures 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  
ENL201 Technical and Professional Communication 3  
PHS103 Physics Survey 3  
or
PHS114 Physics with Technological Applications 4  
TOTAL CREDITS 17
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

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.