What is Construction Technology?
The Construction Technology program at Somerset Community College is designed to prepare students for entry-level positions in the construction industry. Residential and light commercial construction applications are taught. This program includes instructional units in blueprint reading, building site layout procedures, foundation systems, light framing construction methods, exterior and interior finish systems, concrete forming systems, and construction safety.
Units of instruction are designed to include lecture and practical experience in the lab or on-site projects. This program also offers an excellent prerequisite for students who plan to pursue a career in areas such as construction management, civil engineering or architectural design.
The experience gained through the lecture/lab environment gives students a better
understanding of how certain aspects of residential dwellings are constructed.
The experience gained through the lecture/lab environment
Students in the program get to actively and physically do the work associated with the building of a home. Students also learn to estimate materials, as well as work on projects associated with each class being taken, from framing floors and walls, to cutting rafters and installing doors.
What are my career choices?
The Construction Technology program can lead to several careers in residential and light commercial construction, or get you started in business as an independent contractor. This program is an excellent background for many other career options such as architect, engineer, building inspector, surveyor, construction manager, estimator and even plumbers and electricians.
Are you already working in the construction industry but need to brush up on a specific skill? With the consent of the instructor, you can take an individual class for credit, like Blueprint Reading for Construction or Ceiling and Roof Framing, to give you that edge in the workplace.
What are my degree, diploma, or certificate options?
- Carpenter Helper (17 credit hours)
- Construction Forms Helper (18 credit hours)
- Residential Carpenter (32 credit hours)
- Residential Roofer (12 credit hours)
- Residential Site Layout Assistant (15 credit hours)
- Rough Carpenter (22 credit hours)
- Basic Carpenter (9 credit hours)
- Construction Carpenter (48-51 credit hours)
Download the Program Overview (pdf)
Length of Program
You can earn an associate in applied science degree in two years if you maintain full-time status.
This information should not be considered a substitute for the KCTCS Catalog. You should always choose classes in cooperation with your faculty advisor to ensure that you meet all degree requirements.