Building Construction Technology

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Full-time day classes are available at the Construction Career Center. Construction Career Center is located at 2225 Roanoke Ave Chattanooga, Tennessee.The Building Construction Technology Program’s mission is to teach adult and dual-enrolled high school students skills related to the fundamentals of carpentry, construction and residential electrical wiring, construction and residential plumbing, foundation methods, masonry block, and brick laying. In addition, a core craft skills section includes safety, math, tools, rigging, communications, and employability skills. The program includes a study involving work ethics that incorporates proper workplace attendance, character, teamwork, appearance, attitude, productivity, organizational skills, communications, cooperation, and respect.

Employment Stats

  • Program Length 1 year (Diploma)
  • Average Earnings $37,080 / year. (As reported by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics)
  • Cost $5,499

About Program

The Building Construction Technology Program provides the student with the fundamentals of carpentry, construction and residential electrical wiring, construction and residential plumbing, and block and brick laying. Instruction methods include classroom lecture, audio-visuals, training equipment labs, and extensive live projects on actual construction projects.

Job Expectations

Construction work is a demanding but rewarding career path for individuals who enjoy working outdoors in a continuously changing environment. Constructions workers must focus on safety as construction site hazards exist. The worker should take precautions when lifting to avoid muscle strain or other injuries from handling heavy material and take the necessary precautions around electrical systems to avoid electrical shock.

Expected Earnings

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The median annual wage of construction laborers and helpers is $37,080. The median wage is the wage at which half the workers in an occupation earned more than that amount and half earned less. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $25,770, and the top 10 percent earned more than $65,780. Wages for construction workers vary based on experience, skill level, industry, and company size.

Although most construction workers work full time, overtime is common in this occupation. Most companies require employees to work hours, ranging from 8 to 12 hours a day. Therefore, construction workers may often work late into the evenings and weekends.

Course Schedule

Students may enroll during the fall, spring, or summer term, provided space is available.  Students who are eligible to enroll have an opportunity to register for one of the open seats during the enrollment period for each term.

  • Full-time classes
  • Day classes
  • Enrollment is limited to 20 students in each class

Full-Time Program Schedule for (semester) (Hours)

Semester

Day Class

Evening Class

Days

Fall (450 hours)

7:45am – 2:30pm

4:00pm – 10:45pm

Monday - Friday

Spring (450 hours)

7:45am – 2:30pm

4:00pm – 10:45pm

Monday - Friday

Summer (390 hours)

7:45am – 2:45pm

4:00pm – 11:00pm

Monday - Friday

Tools

A detailed tool list will be provided once registration is complete.

Cost

3 semesters – 1,290 clock hours - *Tuition will increase every fall semester

*Fall 450 hours

$1,383

Spring 450 hours

$1,383

Summer 390 hours

$1,383

Tools (estimate)

$600.00

Books (estimate)

$600.00

Special Fees Charged in Addition to Maintenance and Tuition

  • Credit by Examination Fee - The regular course fee is charged for each special examination and must be paid prior to the examination. Non-refundable. (See Academic Regulations.)
  • Credit for Life Experience Fees - Assessment Fee for Experiential Learning $45.00.  Experiential Learning Credit $15.00 per credit hour in excess of 3.0 credit hours. $90.00 maximum.
  • High School Equivalency Test (Hi-SET) - $75
  • Placement Test Fees - ACT - $45.00. (Refer to Admissions Policy.)

Special Fees Charged in Addition to Maintenance and Tuition

  • Credit by Examination Fee - The regular course fee is charged for each special examination and must be paid prior to taking the examination. Non-refundable. (See Academic Regulations.)
  • Credit for Life Experience Fees - Assessment Fee for Experiential Learning $45.00.  Experiential Learning Credit $15.00 per credit hour in excess of 3.0 credit hours. $90.00 maximum.
  • High School Equivalency Test (Hi-SET) - $75
  • Placement Test Fees - ACT - $45.00. (Refer to Admissions Policy.)

Special Fees Charged in Addition to Maintenance and Tuition

  • Credit by Examination Fee - The regular course fee is charged for each special examination and must be paid prior to taking the examination. Non-refundable. (See Academic Regulations.)
  • Credit for Life Experience Fees - Assessment Fee for Experiential Learning $45.00.  Experiential Learning Credit $15.00 per credit hour in excess of 3.0 credit hours. $90.00 maximum.
  • High School Equivalency Test (Hi-SET) - $75
  • Placement Test Fees - ACT - $45.00. (Refer to Admissions Policy.)

Books

  • Core: Introduction to Basic Construction Skills, 6th edition ISBN-13:  9780137483341 $78.00
  • NCCER Construction Technology Trainee Guide ISBN-13: 978-0134130392 $170.00
  • Construction Craft Laborer Level 1 ISBN-10: 0-13-413094-4 $147.00
  • Construction Craft Laborer Level 2 ISBN-13: 978-0-13-413096-5 $147.00

Curriculum

Basic Curriculum Outline
Building Construction Program (Full-time enrollment)

Semester 1 (450 hours)
NCCER Core Curriculum 72.5
Carpentry Level 1 162.5
Electrical Level 1 112.5
Plumbing Level 1 102.5
Exit Point: Construction Helper I

Semester 2 (450 hours)
Plumbing Level 1 (43.5)
Masonry Level 1 (122.5)
Carpentry Level 2 (210)
Electrical Level 2 (74)
Exit Point: Construction Helper II

Semester 3 (390 Hours)
Electrical Level 2 (70)
Plumbing Level 2 (175)
Masonry Level 2 (145)

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TOTAL HOURS 1,290

Career Opportunities

Carpenters
Cement, Block & Brick Masons
Equipment Operators
Plumber or Electrical Helpers