Building Construction Technology (A.A.S.)

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.


Required Courses

Courses Credit Hours
ENG 165 Professional Communications 3.0
MAT 170 Algebra, Geometry & Trigonometry I 3.0
SPC 205 Public Speaking 3.0
  Elective Social/Behavioral Sciences 3.0
  Elective Humanities/Fine Arts 3.0
Subtotal   15.0
BCT 101 Introduction to Building Construction 5.0
BCT 102 Fundamentals of Building Construction 4.0
BCT 113 Fundamentals of Construction Prints 4.0
BCT 131 Estimating Quantity Take-Off 2.0
BCT 212 Construction Methods and Design 3.0
BCT 221 Construction Building Code 3.0
Subtotal   21.0
BCT 103 Construction Site Layout 4.0
BCT 105 Tool Usage and Safety 2.0
BCT 139 Advanced Residential Wiring 3.0
BCT 151 Introduction to Residential Plumbing 3.0
BCT 202 Principles of Form Construction 4.0
BCT 204 Cabinet Making 4.0
BCT 208 Framing and Roofing 3.0
BCT 209 Construction Project Management 3.0
BCT 222 License Preparation 3.0
BCT 231 Construction Labor and Expediting 3.0
MSY 101 Masonry Fundamentals I 5.0
Subtotal   37.0
Total Credit Hours 73.0


Program Student Learning Outcomes

Purpose Statement

The mission of the Building Construction Technology program is to be a 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

Program notes

BCT coursework starts fall semester only. BCT courses are generally offered only during the day at the Greenwood Campus, and should be taken as outlined in the Semester-by-semester graduation plans below.  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.  However, if placement test scores are very low, advise for developmental courses, and have the student meet with the department head of BCT, who will determine if the student can enter BCT courses.  Students entering the college in spring or summer should be advised to complete any needed developmental coursework and/or general education coursework before the BCT program starts in the fall.

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 is $200 per semester.  Students will be given a list of required tools each semester.

Students may earn a carpentry certificate by completing BCT 101, 113, 142, 102, 131, 212 and an elective.  All students should come in under BCT3, and they can stop once they earn the certificate.  However, students are more likely to find employment, and earn higher wages, by earning the degree.

Notes about individual classes

The math required for this program is MAT 170.  Students will follow this progression, with their starting point being determined by their placement test scores:  MAT 032/012 > MAT 170. The English required for this program is ENG 165.  Students will follow this progression, with their starting point being determined by their placement test scores:  ENG 032/012 and/or RDG 032/012 (or RWR 032/012) > ENG 100 and/or RDG 100 (or RWR 100) > ENG 165.

Graduation Plans

2018-2019, 2019-2020, 2020-2021 Semester-by-Semester Graduation Plans

Building Construction Technology (BCT3) - Fall Start
Building Construction Technology (BCT3) - Spring Start
Building Construction Technology (BCT3) - Summer Start


Have student contact the BCT department, Kenneth McDaniel, during the enrollment process if possible.

You can find the name of your assigned academic advisor by reviewing Degree Works or your Class Schedule.  To learn more about advising visit the Advising webpage.

Please email to submit advising information updates and corrections.

Advisement Information updated/reviewed 4/2020