Degrees & Certificates

Construction Technology (certificate) 

Career and Technical Education Certificate: 33 credits 

Credits to Complete Certificate 

Academic Discipline  Credits
Construction (CT) 33

     

Career Description

Students who successfully complete the Construction Technology certificate will be prepared to meet a variety of contractor needs across the construction trades. Graduates will have the skills and abilities to competitively seek employment as a general carpenter in small and large construction companies. Throughout the 33 credit program, students will have the opportunity to work with many specialty tools and materials, gaining knowledge and skills related to: structural timbers, stick framing, roof framing, labor estimation, installation of lap siding, architectural roofing as well as interior/exterior finishes. Finally, the program introduces students to communication and teamwork skills that employers are seeking in better qualified employees: project leadership skills, ability to communicate/collaborate with clients, and the ability to work cooperatively and efficiently as a member of a team/crew. The program emphasizes hands-on, practical experience and problem-based learning, just as students/workers will encounter on the job.

Course of Study 

The 33 credit Construction Technology certificate expands on the instruction provided in the 18 credit Basic Construction certificate, and all coursework in the Basic Construction certificate is included in and applies toward the completion of the Construction Technology certificate. The program’s emphasis is on preparing students in the foundational skills of the construction industry.

Program Outcomes

  • Explain terms and nomenclature pertaining to the tools, materials and hardware associated with the contruction field. 
  • Demonstrate the safe and proper use and care of basic contruction tools. 
  • Perform fundamental construction techniques properly, including foundations, carpentry, basic plumbing and electrical. 
  • Applt safe work habits at all times. 

Program Prerequisites

Successful completion of MTH 60 or MTH 98, WR 90, RD 90 or equivalent placement test scores. 

Coursework

Course Number  Course Title  Credits 
CT 101  Tools and Safety  3
CT 102 Footings and Foundations  3
CT 103 Building Materials and Methods  3
CT 104 Flooring Framing  3
CT 105 Walls and Ceiling Framing  3
CT 106 Roof Framing  3
CT 110 Electrical Writing Basics  3
CT 111 Plumbing Basics  3
CT 112 Basic Stair Construction  3
CT 113 Building Decks and Porches  3
CT 114 Windows and Exterior Doors  3
Total Credits    33

Basic Construction (Certificate) 

Career & Techincal Education Certificate: 18 credits  

Credits to Complete Certificate 

Academic Discipline  Credits 
Construction (CT) 18

Career Description 

The Basic Construction certificate is designed to train students in entry-level skills needed for employment in residential construction. The certificate provides foundational training in the use of building materials and essential carpentry skills. Students have the opportunity to develop confidence working in a jobsite-like environment using safe workplace practices. Employment in entry-level positions can be found in small and large construction companies, performing jobs such as residential remodeling and new home building. Employers are looking to hire candidates that have a strong grasp of the fundamental skills: reading drawings, taking measurements, calculating materials and amounts, cutting and shaping lumber/materials and forming foundations. In addition, they want employees that have the ability to work efficiently as part of a crew and demonstrate safe work habits. The Basic Construction certificate curriculum emphasizes the development of these skills and abilities through hands-on, practical experience and problem-based learning, just as students/workers will encounter on the job.

Course Study 

The Basic Construction certificate can serve as a first step for students interested in pursuing a college credential and can put them on a path for earning more advanced technical certificates. This certificate’s 18 credits are fully contained in the more advanced 33 credit Construction Technology certificate.

Program Outcomes

  • Use standard terminology when identifying tools, materials and hardware associated with the contruction field. 
  • Demonstrate the safe and proper use and care of basic construction tools. 
  • Perform fundamental construction techniques properly, including foundations and framing. 
  • Apply safe work habits at all times. 

Program Prerequisites

Successful completion of MTH 60 or MTH 98, WR 90 and RD 90 or equivalent placement test scores.

Coursework 

Course Number Course Title  Credits
CT 101 Tools and Safety 3
CT 102 Footings and Foundations  3
CT 103 Building Materials and Methods  3
CT 104 Floor Framing  3
CT 105 Walls and Ceiling Framing  3
CT 106 Roof Framing 3
Total Credits    18