Important: All students must take the online safety training module before being permitted to using power tools.
See a brief video about what students learn and do and an overview slide presentation of the Building Construction Technology department, including information about some of the trade and professional jobs and their wage ranges (press a key to advance the slides)
The vision and mission of the Building Construction Technology department focus on preparing students for a successful career in the construction, carpentry or woodworking industries. The Building Construction Technology construction and woodworking programs provide learning opportunities for students in the following areas:
- Hands-on instruction in concrete, masonry, woodworking, carpentry, cabinet making, mechanical, plumbing, and electrical fields.
- Practical skills including blueprint reading, cost estimating, and construction scheduling.
- Applied skills including managing projects: time, material, and processes. Each class consists of math, interpreting symbols, measuring, construction language, and solving problems common in construction processes.
- Soft skills learned in CNBT 2342 Construction Management I and CNBT 2444 Construction Management II will prepare managers to coordinate their efforts with others for consistency and continuity. Students learn to avoid and resolve conflicts common in a construction project.
Several of the hands-on lab classes build on each other. Although not required to be taken in any particular order (though that is recommended), a student can learn how to:
- frame a small instructional model house (floor plan) in the
CRPT 1415 Conventional Wall Systems class
- add the roof, windows and doors and a variety of exterior finishes in the
CRPT 1441 Conventional Exterior Finish Systems class
- install the electrical wiring, plumbing and HVAC in the CNBT 1402 Mechanical Plumbing and Electrical class. (This class gives potential assistant superintendents hands-on experience and an understanding of those trades. Students need additional training beyond what is offered in Building Construction Technology to be licensed in these trades.)
- finish the interior by adding sheet rock, taping, floating and texturing it, then installing flooring in the CRPT 1445 Conventional Interior Finish Systems class
- build and install cabinets in the WDWK 2451 Cabinet Making II class. Or get practice building a base cabinet and router table in the WDWK 1413 Cabinet Making I class.
- learn how to manage a construction project through Construction Management I (CNBT 2342) and Construction Management II (CNBT 2444)
Through the lab classes, students learn how to build increasingly complex woodworking projects, including cabinets and furniture.
- In Beginning Woodworking, students learn how to safely use power tools and how to build several projects which they take home.
- In Cabinet Making I students learn how to build a base kitchen cabinet and router table which they take home.
- During Computer Aided Woodworking Design students learn how to use Google Sketchup (free version) to create detailed plans for cabinets and other woodworking projects.
- Intermediate Woodworking further extends the students’ knowledge and experience in building fine furniture such as a hall table, which they take home.
- Cabinet Making II encourages teamwork – the entire class works to build a set of kitchen cabinets, which they install in an instructional unit building constructed by several Construction lab classes. (This unit is eventually sold at an auction).
- Jigs and Joints teaches students the necessary skills to solve problems concerning woodworking joinery.
- In Advanced Woodworking students build a quality piece of hardwood furniture which they can take home (the instructor chooses the project). Students learn techniques of hardwood furniture construction and component design from an instructor with extensive experience in designing and building hardwood furniture.
- In Special topics students choose and build their own project (the instructor must approve the project). Students provide their own materials and are expected to work on their project with minimal direction from the instructor. The instructor is present to promote independent study.