A.A.S., Major in Building Construction Technology

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Concerns about building costs, home maintenance and repair and energy efficient dwellings have elevated job market demands for skilled construction workers in practically every area of the building industry.

A comprehensive program that offers practical training in the entire range of residential and light commercial building techniques, Building Construction Technology puts classroom knowledge to work in hands on projects both on the Lex Walters Campus-Greenwood and outside the college community. Students get practical training in estimating building costs, carpentry, cabinet making, residential wiring, blueprint reading, brick masonry, construction, building codes and safety. A good background in economics and communications combines with a high level of skills in building techniques to prepare graduates for general construction, specialty work or supervision of construction projects.

Upon completion of 80 credit hours, a student will be awarded an Associate in Applied Science degree with a major in Building Construction Technology.

Program Location: Greenwood

Contact Information: Bobby Roche


Required Courses

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Day Program

BCT 101 Introduction to Building Construction 5.0
BCT 142 Fundamentals of Construction Safety 4.0
BCT 113 Fundamentals of Construction Prints 4.0
ENG 165 Professional Communications 3.0
BCT 102 Fundamentals of Building Construction 4.0
BCT 138 Residential Wiring 5.0
BCT 131 Estimating Quantity Take-Off 2.0
MAT 170 Algebra, Geometry & Trigonometry I 3.0
SUMMER TERM Credit Hours
BCT 201 Principles of Roof Construction 4.0
BCT 103 Construction Site Layout 4.0
BCT 204 Cabinet Making 4.0
BCT 212 Construction Methods and Design 3.0
BCT 202 Principles of Form Construction 4.0
MSY 101 Masonry Fundamentals I 5.0
BCT 221 Construction Building Code 3.0
BCT 231 Construction Labor and Expediting 3.0
SPC 205 Public Speaking 3.0
BCT 152 Residential Plumbing 5.0
BCT 209 Construction Project Management 3.0
BCT 222 License Preparation 3.0
  Elective Social/Behavioral Sciences 3.0
  Elective Humanities/Fine Arts 3.0
Total Credit Hours: 80.0

Updated 4/4/2013


Program Student Learning Outcomes

Purpose Statement – The mission of the Building Construction Technology program is to comprehensive training program that offers practical training in the entire range of residential and light commercial building techniques through “hands-on” training applications with associated lecture classes to provide the most up-to-date training and to enable gainful employment in the field.

Program Student Learning Outcomes:

  1. Perform the basic manipulative skills involved in carpentry for residential construction.

  2. Perform the basic manipulative skills in masonry for residential construction.

  3. Perform the basic manipulative skills in residential wiring for residential construction.

  4. Make application and use the underlying theories, technical information and related occupational information to assure sound judgments, decisions, and proper procedures involved in the residential building construction trades of construction trades of carpentry, masonry, and electrical.

  5. Demonstrate the ability to interpret blueprints and technical materials necessary to construct a residential building.

  6. Perform in an acceptable workmanship-like manner in the residential construction trade based recognized building codes (both local and international residential builders’ code).

  7. Estimate and schedule the materials and labor in the building of a residential structure through the framing stages and finish stages.

  8. Demonstrate the ability to perform the majority of tasks assigned in a safe and common sense manner in accordance with established safety standards in the construction industry. (OSHA standards for the construction industry).

  9. Demonstrate the ability to identify entry level procedures and planning processes needed to open and operate a small business in the free enterprise system.


Advisement Information

  • Have student contact the BCT department head during the enrollment process if possible.

  • BCT coursework starts fall semester only.  Students entering the college in spring or summer should be advised to complete any needed developmental coursework and/or general education coursework.

  • BCT courses are generally offered only during the day; general education requirements may be met at county campuses, in evening classes and online.

  • When advising students for fall, advise for BCT courses first and then for developmental courses if they are needed before attempting ENG 165.

  • Students with proven experience in the field may be eligible to exempt certain courses. The department head administers exemption tests.

  • Estimated cost of hand tools first term is $150. Second semester $100

  • Students may earn a Carpentry certificate by completing BCT 101, 113, 142, 102, 131, 212 and an elective.

  • Students may earn a Construction Management certificate by completing BCT 113, 142, 131, 212, 221, 231 and 209.

Advisement Information verified on 6/17/2014.