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Building Construction Technology

What is Building Construction Technology? 

The Building Construction Technology curriculum is designed to provide students with an overview of the building construction industry. Construction labs/lecture courses and other related classes, provide students with up-to-date knowledge on materials, trends, and techniques of the ever-changing construction industry. .

Building Construction  

Course work includes basic construction concepts such as general construction, blueprint reading, construction estimating, and project management. Students will also diversify their knowledge of construction in other areas like electrical wiring, construction surveying, plumbing, statics/strength of materials, and HVAC.  

Graduates should qualify for entry-level jobs in any general construction setting and be able to advance quickly to management positions such as supervisors, superintendents, project coordinators, project planners, estimators, or inspectors.



  • Typical Courses
  • Student Learning Outcomes
  • Additional Information
  • Checksheets
  • Contact Information

Typical Courses

  • Blueprint Reading/Construction
  • Carpentry I and II
  • OSHA/Safety/Certification
  • Construction Materials and Methods
  • Residential System Design
  • Construction Surveying
  • Planning/Estimating I and II
  • Electrical Wiring Systems
  • Building Codes
  • Specifications and Contracts
  • Statics/Structures
  • Introduction to Masonry
  • Introduction to Basic Plumbing

Student Learning Outcomes:

Graduates of the WCC Building Construction Technology Program will:

  • Gain the entry level skills needed to gain employment in fields that require plumbing, blueprint reading, frame construction and electrical skills.
  • Show competency through simulated or live construction projects in the following areas: masonry, insulation, site preparation, roofing, plumbing, electrical wiring, material quality estimating.
  • Seek best information to analyze damaged existing construction to determine repair or replacement decisions involving remodeling, retrofitting or repair.
  • Demonstrate an understanding and explain the importance of safe work practices and OSHA guidelines and building codes.
  • Show an understanding, knowledge and ability to create an estimate and complete a bill of sale for construction projects.
  • Set up a transit and leveling tools needed for site preparation and the construction of footings.
  • Explain and analyze the strengths and characteristics of various building materials.

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Contact Information:

Dwight Hartzog

Dwight Hartzog
Lead Instructor, Building Construction Technology
(336) 838-6202