Residential Construction Technology and Management (BRM)

(Effective Fall 2014)

This major is focused on the management of construction projects typified by single-family detached residential housing. The program is based on students' completion of an applied technology curriculum for the first four semesters in a building technology related field. Other applied technology degrees in areas such as HVAC and Electrical Technology will also be considered for the directed technical elective requirements of the BRM major. The major allows students who have acquired appropriate applied technology skills in their first two years to move into advanced course work related to residential construction and management. Additional course work includes basic management and accounting, plus courses focused on topics such as advanced estimating and scheduling, residential building systems, cost control, codes compliance, construction law, purchasing, change management, and energy management issues.

Career Opportunities

Job opportunities will be focused primarily in the residential housing industry: builder, contractor, specialty contractor, project supervisor, warranty manager, estimator, purchasing agent, job foreman, site supervisor, inspector, project coordinator, project planner.

Special Admissions Requirements

Students seeking entrance must have completed an associate's degree in a construction-related program. Students in Penn College A.A.S. majors that do not currently require MTH 180 should be advised that MTH 180 is required for the Residential Construction Technology and Management major.

Remediation Strategies

Students entering the major may be tested for English, mathematics, and reading deficiencies. Students are expected to remediate any deficiencies during the first semester as explained in the College Catalog (

Transfer Procedures

All students entering the major will be considered for junior-level status, as they will have earned the first two years in their respective associate-degree majors in a building construction discipline. Eligible majors include Electrical Technology (EL), Architectural Technology (AT), Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning Technology (HV/HP), Landscape/Horticuclture Technology (LE), Building Construction Technology (CB), and Masonry (MN). Students who have not met the bachelor-degree requirements for the first four semesters will be required to take the necessary courses in order to complete the degree. Students transferring from other institutions with an A.A.S. in a relevant applied technology field will be evaluated for admission to the BRM major based on their degree and appropriate course work in general education areas. Additional transfer protocols, as established by the College, apply (see

Program Goals

A graduate of this major should be able to:

  • develop and implement a comprehensive job-site safety plan in accordance with applicable standards, and be able to ensure project compliance with all pertinent safety and insurance regulations.
  • interpret project drawings, make necessary changes during the construction process, and evaluate the impact of changes on schedules, costs, and resource requirements.
  • apply knowledge of current and emerging building system technologies and codes to evaluate, propose, and plan construction projects for distinctive residential construction projects.
  • manage all aspects of the residential construction process including marketing, planning, estimating, scheduling, quality control, and coordination of job-site resources.
  • communicate effectively with all groups involved in the residential construction process including prospective owners, subcontractors, skilled and unskilled laborers, supervisors, and government representatives.
  • organize and manage all aspects of project cost control using appropriate specialized software and computer hardware.
  • apply knowledge of basic legal and contractual requirements of residential construction projects and be able to incorporate the requirements into plans, drawings, communications, and construction practices.
  • manage human resources aspects of construction project personnel in areas of staffing requirements, training, ethical responsibilities, policy issues, ADA compliance, equal opportunity legislation, union and non-union labor, and conflict resolution.


First SemesterCredits
BRMDirected Building Technology Electives 12 
CSC124Information, Technology, and Society 3 
MTH180College Algebra and Trigonometry I 3 
Second SemesterCredits
BRMDirected Building Technology Electives 12 
ENL111English Composition I 3 
FITFitness and Lifetime Sports Elective 1 
Third SemesterCredits
BRMDirected Building Technology Electives 11 
ENL201Technical and Professional Communication 3 
PHS114Physics with Technological Applications 4 
PHS103Physics Survey 3 
Fourth SemesterCredits
BRMDirected Building Technology Electives 10 
HUMHumanities Elective 3 
SSESocial Science Elective 3 
ARTArt Elective 3 
FORForeign Language Elective 3 
AAEApplied Arts Elective 3 
IFEInternational Field Experience Elective 3 
Fifth SemesterCredits
ACC113Introduction to Financial Accounting 3 
ACH135Architectural Computer Aided Drafting 3 
BCT307Managing Construction Safety 3 
MGT115Principles of Management 3 
SPC101Fundamentals of Speech 3 
SPC201Interpersonal Communication 3 
SSESocial Science Elective 3 
Sixth SemesterCredits
ACC210Payroll, State, and Local Taxation 3 
BCT300Residential Management I 3 Writing Enriched Requirement
BCT321Residential Design and Build 1 
BCT322Managing Changes During Construction 1 
MTH172Introduction to Geometry 3 
MTH182College Algebra and Trigonometry II 3 
SCIScience Elective 3 
ARTArt Elective 3 
Summer SessionCredits
BCT496ISenior Project Internship 3 
Seventh SemesterCredits
BCT340Land and Property Development 1 
BCT308Residential Management II 2 
BCT330Residential Building Systems 3 
HUMHumanities Elective 3 
FITFitness and Lifetime Sports Elective 1 
BPTCultural Diversity Elective: Humanities/Social Science/Art/Foreign Language/Applied Arts/Int'l Field Exp 3 
OEAOpen Elective / Associate 3 
Eighth SemesterCredits
BCT411Advanced Residential Estimating and Scheduling 3 
BCT420Advanced Mechanical Systems 2 
BCT430Contemporary Issues in Residential Construction 3 Science, Technology and Society Requirement
MGT248Supervision and Human Relations 3 
CORLiberal Arts Elective 3 
OEAOpen Elective / Associate 3