Residential Builder (RB)
(Effective Fall 2016)
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.
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.
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.htm).
This major is subject to the transfer standards established in the College Catalog (www.pct.edu/catalog/TransferringCredits.htm). Exceptions must be approved by the school dean.
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.
|FYE101||First Year Experience||1|
|BCT103||Construction Hand and Power Tools||1|
|BCT104||Construction Safety and Equipment||1|
|BCT110||Site Preparation and Layout||2|
|BCT107||Print Reading and Architectural Drafting||3|
|BCT135||Weather Resistant Barriers and Finishes||2|
|MCT230||Advanced Masonry Principles||5|
|PLH214||Piping and Mechanical Applications||3|
|BCT305||Codes in Construction||1|
|BCT259||Trim and Millwork||5|
Endorsed by the Pennsylvania Builders Association.