Building Construction Technology
The AAS Building Construction Technology degree’s primary focus is preparing the student for successful employment in today’s job market. No longer are the simple construction techniques of old acceptable in today’s energy conscious marketplace. While never losing sight of ever-changing materials, methods, and technology associated with the construction field, this Program focuses on fundamental skills applicable to either residential or commercial construction.
Through a combination of classroom study, mock-ups, and live projects, students obtain hands-on experience and become broadly familiar with methods, standards, and codes commonly associated with the construction industry. While concentrating on core communication and construction skills, students progress at an individual rate matching individual growth. Fundamental construction skills are assessed periodically through competency testing giving students multiple opportunities to demonstrate comprehension and proficiency. Assigned projects based on student abilities will allow project time to more closely follow job-site practices. Growth and accomplishments will be archived in a working ePortfolio throughout the AAS degree, which will serve as the foundation for an eResume illustrating the strengths, commitment, and focus prospective employers are looking for.
Graduates of this program typically accept employment with residential, light commercial, institutional, or heavy construction contractors; building materials suppliers; manufacturers of prefabricated modular units; or cabinet shops. With additional experience, graduates may move into middle-management positions, become self-employed or general contractors. Building inspection, design, and code enforcement are also career possibilities.
A graduate of the Associate in Applied Science degree in Building Construction Technology will enter the job market at an entry level position prepared for advancement based on individual proficiency of the following skills:
- Interpretation of construction documents, print reading, and sketches.
- Estimation of project costs from working drawings and blueprints.
- Understanding of code requirements, basic building science, and design load path considerations.
- Use of transits and laser levels applied to construction projects.
- Construction and communication skills needed for commercial, industrial, and residential carpentry.
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