In Building Construction Technology, also known on campus as BCT, students are trained in the many skills involved in the planning and constructing of buildings in the fast-growing construction industry. With a mix of classroom and hands-on experiences building structures on campus, students enter the workforce with valuable skills. Courses include blue-print drafting, estimating, carpentry, management and other industry skills and tools.
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (bls.gov), construction is the second largest growth industry and is projected to see the greatest growth in the number of new jobs created through 2024. The job demand for construction laborers and helpers is estimated to rise by 13% through the year 2024, while the demand for construction manager jobs is estimated to rise 5% in the same time.
Building Construction Technology is available as a two-year associate in applied science degree or as a one-year certificate program. The two-year AAS degree prepares graduates for positions as cost estimators, computer drafters, construction supervisors and building inspectors. Within the certificate program, students learn skills such as basic construction principles and techniques, residential writing and blue print reading.
Bruce Shamhart–Effingham, Illinois
Laker Nation Class of 2018
“A huge part of construction is team-building and teamwork. The program helped me prepare for that. I feel ready for my current job, all because the BCT program got me ready for it.”