College Catalog

Pennsylvania Builders Association (PBA)

Residential Builder (RB)

(Effective Fall 2014)

This major is intended to provide entry level skills, training, and education to obtain employment as a building construction technician. The curriculum emphasizes all aspects of framing, exterior finish, interior finish, masonry, and concrete applications. Classroom instruction in safety regulations and code compliance issues is included. This curriculum also addresses the residential construction industry's need for specific training in home remodeling.

Career Opportunities

Entry level positions as a building construction technician, with an emphasis in carpentry, masonry, and concrete applications. Advancement possibilities in employment in plants or factories where building units, components or building materials are made or sold.

Recommended High School Subjects

Mathematics and building trades courses are desired, but not necessary.

Special Equipment Needs

See the Tool List on the Residential Builder major 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, 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.
  • prepare preliminary architectural working drawings and sketches.
  • demonstrate basic knowledge and skills in masonry and concrete construction.
  • apply carpentry, masonry, electrical, plumbing, heating, and material salvage skills in home remodeling projects.
  • apply technical and basic skills on practical residential and light commercial construction.


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 
MTH011Career Mathematics 3 
Second SemesterCredits
BCT107Print Reading and Architectural Drafting 3 
BCT127Roof Framing and Exterior Finishing 5 
BCT130Interior Finish 3 
ENL010Communications 3 
Third SemesterCredits
BCT253Residential Remodeling 3 
BCT305Codes in Construction 1 
BCT238Concrete Construction 3 
MCT115Concrete Block Construction 5 
Fourth SemesterCredits
BCT255Construction Estimating 3 
BCT259Trim and Millwork 5 
MCT129Brick Masonry 5 

Additional Information

Endorsed by the Pennsylvania Builders Association.

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