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B.S. Building Construction Technology


Major Code BS.BCT Building Construction Technology

Program Goals

The Building Construction Technology program embraces the following goals:

  • Produce annual graduating classes of successful students.
  • To continually monitor and evaluate student achievement, success, and progress toward graduation.
  • Establish the program as a reputable source to prepare students for the Building Construction Industry.
  • Maintain a strong focus on student learning.
  • Nurture and maintain program accreditation.
  • Provide excellent facilities and equipment for developing students' abilities to solve problems and use technological methods.

Program Outcomes

The Building Construction Technology program provides for student achievement of the following outcomes:

  • Graduates will be able to demonstrate professional communication skills and the ability to work effectively as part of a team in a technological environment.
  • Graduates will have ability to demonstrate higher order learning skills by applying knowledge of science, mathematics, and computer applications to address real world construction problems.
  • Graduates will have ability to access and evaluate current knowledge and information for application to emerging construction problems.
  • Graduates will be able to apply principles of leadership, management, and supervision in a variety of technological construction settings.
  • Graduates will have ability to employ global technologies to address social, economic and environmental issues.

Program Competencies

Students completing the Building Construction Technology program will master the following competencies:

  • 1.1 Demonstrate the ability to write and present technical documents using appropriate visual materials.
  • 1.2 Demonstrate ability to prepare and interpret working plans for residential and commercial structures.
  • 2.1 Demonstrate scientific reasoning, quantitative thinking and critical thinking skills in planning construction projects from conception to completion.
  • 2.2 Demonstrate competency in the use of computer-aided-design software such as AutoCAD, Architectural Desktop and REVIT Architecture.
  • 3.1 Demonstrate competency in the use of project management software such as Sure Track Project Manager and various RS Means cost estimating software.
  • 3.2 Identify and execute construction site safety standards, including the ability to interpret OSHA Standards, establish safety and health procedures for the job site, perform hazard material and process analysis used and enforce safety procedures.
  • 3.3 Demonstrate ability to apply hazard control measures (e.g., elimination, engineering controls, administrative/managerial controls and personal protective equipment) for different types of construction operations and work environments.
  • 3.4 Demonstrate knowledge of land surveying, surveying instruments; read and interpret land survey data.
  • 3.5 Demonstrate knowledge of soil properties and their influence on soil behavior, building structure and the built environment.
  • 3.6 Demonstrate ability to produce reliable construction estimates for project bidding, cost accounting and budget preparation.
  • 4.1 Develop building plans based on interpretation of local city building codes and specifications.
  • 4.2 Analyze building processes, systems, techniques, materials and plans to construct a typical dwelling and/or commercial building.
  • 5.1 Demonstrate knowledge of building construction project management principles and practices in the public and private sectors.
  • 5.2 Assess construction practices by applying knowledge of safety, structural properties of materials, and construction systems and methods.
  • 6.1 Demonstrate an awareness of professional growth and commitment in addressing social economic and environmental issues.
  • 6.2 Demonstrate ethical behavior and responsibility.

Program Assessment Measures

The methods used to assess student learning and advance students through the Building Construction Technology program include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Senior Capstone project evaluations
  • Comprehensive exams
  • Pre-post tests
  • Portfolios
  • Co-op & Internship evaluations
  • Embedded examination

Student Performance

This program requires 121 credit hours to complete matriculation. The student retention rate for Fall 2013 thru Fall 2014 is 72.55%

Average Salary

Students graduating from the Building Construction Program report a starting salary range from $38,500 - $63k in annual pay. Graduates average salary was $55,300. Some graduates from this program enrolled into a Master of Science Building Construction program or related degree program. Employed students assumed positions as Site Supervisors, Estimators, Contract Preparers, and Civil Engineering Techs.

Program First-Time Freshman

Building Construction Technology

Fall 2011 Fall 2012 Fall 2013 Fall 2014
6 3 4 0


Program Six-Year Graduation Rate by Entering Major 2008
First-Time, Full-Time, Bachelor's Degree Seeking Freshman

Building Construction Technology
Graduated in Six Years

Enrolled in Fall 2008 N %
8 1 12.50%*

*The BCT program enrollment exceeds 60 students. Students in the program primarily readmit into the university after completing the AS in Architecture, therefore readmits are not included in the six-year graduation rate data.

Program Transfer Students

Building Construction Technology

Fall 2011 Fall 2012 Fall 2013 Fall 2014
2 5 1 2


Average Semesters/Years to Graduation

6.5 Years - The data represents the average 'time to degree', for December 2013 and May 2014 Building Construction Technology graduates.