Important: All students must take the online safety training module before being permitted to using power tools.
See an overview presentation of the Building Construction Technology department and information about some of the trade and professional jobs and their wage ranges (press a key to advance the slides).
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)