Pennsylvania Builders Association (PBA)

(Effective Fall 2016)

This major prepares students with job-entry competencies in the construction industry. Students learn the principles and technologies of residential and light commercial construction. The curriculum emphasizes layout, construction materials, construction methods, cost estimation, project management and construction safety. Courses in English, mathematics, science, computer applications, and a social science or humanities elective are included to enhance a student's career opportunities. Students learn the technical and managerial skills necessary for advancement in the industry. This major may serve as a basis for continued education leading to a bachelor's degree in Residential Construction Technology and Management (BRM) or Building Science and Sustainable Design (BST) and/or vocational education.

Career Opportunities

Positions leading to supervisor, contractor, construction technician, or construction superintendent. These positions require, in addition to this degree, suitable job experience.

Recommended High School Subjects

Two years of algebra, one year of science. One year of geometry is desirable.

Special Equipment Needs

See the Tool List for the Building Construction Technology major on the web page.

Remediation Strategies

Success in college-level coursework requires minimum levels of proficiency in math, reading, and English. Therefore, all new students must meet placement requirements to demonstrate their skills in these three areas.

Students are expected to remediate any deficiencies as explained in the College Catalog (see

Transfer Procedures

This major is subject to the transfer standards established in the College Catalog ( Exceptions must be approved by the school dean.

Program Goals

A graduate of this major should be able to:
  • practice safe work habits, identify work hazards, and demonstrate responsible attitudes and high quality work.
  • demonstrate the basic manipulative skills needed to lay out and plan work.
  • interpret plans, drawings, specifications, lines, symbols, and abbreviations on working drawings or blueprints.
  • lay out and erect residential and commercial structures.
  • identify the building codes related to all the various aspects of residential building industry.
  • analyze specifications and contract drawings; make accurate quantity take-offs and labor estimations to develop an estimated construction cost for a building project.
  • prepare preliminary architectural working drawings and sketches.
  • demonstrate basic knowledge and skills in masonry and concrete construction.
  • describe the organization, financing, labor relations, selling, pricing, customer service, management, and other aspects of business.
  • describe the complexity of the building construction industry, the relationship among the various trades, methods of communication and coordination among all trades and professions in the industry.
  • apply technical and basic skills on practical residential and light commercial construction projects.


First Semester Credits Notes Lecture Lab/Clinical M/S Type
FYE101 First Year Experience 1 .50 1.50 S REQ
BCT103 Construction Hand and Power Tools 1 3 M REQ
BCT104 Construction Safety and Equipment 1 3 M REQ
BCT109 Framing Principles 4 2 6 M REQ
BCT110 Site Preparation and Layout 2 1 3 M REQ
BCT117 Construction Materials and Application I 3 3 M REQ
CSC124 Information, Technology, and Society 3 3 S REQ
MTH124 Technical Algebra and Trigonometry I 3 3 S REQ
MTH180 College Algebra and Trigonometry I 3 3 S REQ
Second Semester Credits Notes Lecture Lab/Clinical M/S Type
BCT118 Construction Materials and Applications II 3 3 M REQ
BCT107 Print Reading and Architectural Drafting 3 1 6 M REQ
BCT130 Interior Finish 3 1 6 M REQ
BCT135 Weather Resistant Barriers and Finishes 2 .50 4.50 M REQ
BCT140 Roof Structures 3 1 6 M REQ
ENL111 English Composition I 3 3 S REQ
FIT Fitness and Lifetime Sports Elective 1   S FIT
Third Semester Credits Notes Lecture Lab/Clinical M/S Type
BCT234 Masonry Principles 5 2 9 M REQ
BCT238 Concrete Construction 3 1 6 M REQ
BCT260 Introduction to Electrical and Mechanical Systems 3 3 M REQ
ENL201 Technical and Professional Communication 3 3 S REQ
PHS103 Physics Survey 3 3 S REQ
PHS114 Physics with Technological Applications 4 3 3 S REQ
Fourth Semester Credits Notes Lecture Lab/Clinical M/S Type
BCT255 Construction Estimating 3 3 M REQ
BCT256 Residential Construction Planning, Scheduling and Management 3 3 M REQ
BCT259 Trim and Millwork 5 2 9 M REQ
BCT268 Construction Technology Applications 3 1 6 M REQ
BCT305 Codes in Construction 1 1 M REQ
HUM Humanities Elective 3   S HUM
SSE Social Science Elective 3   S SSE
ART Art Elective 3   S ART
FOR Foreign Language Elective 3   S FOR
AAE Applied Arts Elective 3   S AAE
IFE International Field Experience Elective 3   S IFE

MTH 180 is recommended for students desiring to transfer into B.S. majors after completing A.A.S. requirements.

Additional Information

Endorsed by the Pennsylvania Builders Association.