Building Trades-Building Construction (AOS)

Application Code: 
Degree Received: 
Associate in Occupational Studies (AOS)
Academic Department Info: 
Program Coordinator: 
George Richardson
Coordinator Email:

The building construction program provides instruction in the basic skills required of the carpenter and the mason in the construction of residential or other light-frame and masonry buildings. Extensive experience is gained in building layout, foundations, framing, sheathing, exterior and interior trim, block work, brick and concrete construction.

Coupled with this experience, the program provides the necessary theory connected with carpentry and masonry operations as well as blueprint reading, cost and materials estimating, surveying for building layout and control, and safety on the job.

A large part of the program is actual on-the-job training under the supervision of qualified instructors. Frequently, concrete and lumber companies instruct students in the uses of their products.

Student Learning Outcomes: 
  • Measure, layout, and cut materials accurately and build various construction systems.
  • Safely set-up and operate construction tools and equipment.
  • Accurately estimate materials for a project and explain how to manage materials and supervise people.
  • Read and interpret construction prints.
  • Demonstrate essential problem solving skills generally employed in the construction industry.
  • Demonstrate effective written construction communication.
  • Demonstrate effective oral communication.
  • Perform common mathematical construction calculations.
  • Demonstrate the proper selection and installation of materials, used to build various construction projects.
  • Perform computer based research and communication.
Entrance Requirements & Recommendations: 

Recommended: Algebra

Technical Standards: 

Applicants in the building trades: building construction program must be able to meet the following physical requirements.

  • Must be able to lift 50 pounds to shoulder height.
  • Must be able to perform safely in the laboratory.
  • Must be able to communicate orally with a person 20 feet away.
  • Must be able to climb a ladder and/or able to climb, un-aided, onto and off of equipment using three points of contact.
  • Must be able to stand for long periods of time.
  • Must be able to visually read from a blueprint or drawing.
  • Must be able to hear a backup warning alarm.
Features & Facilities: 
  • Focuses on classroom theory and hands-on skill training for entry-level employment in residential and light commercial construction.
  • On-campus labs and equipment for instruction linked to off-campus projects that provide opportunities to experience training in a real-world environment.
Graduation Requirements: 

A student must successfully complete all courses in the prescribed four-semester program and earn a minimum cumulative index of 2.0, which is equivalent to a "C" average.

Career Opportunities: 
  • Programs that can lead to green careersManufacturers
  • Cabinetmaker
  • Sales
  • Shop Foreman
  • Installer (Cabinets, etc.)
  • Dealers
  • Maintenance Supervisor
  • Carpenter
  • Contractor
  • Self-Employment
  • Expediter
  • Construction Superintendent
  • Construction Foreman
  • Mason
  • Estimator
Direct Entry Into Baccalaureate Degree Program: 

Alfred State building trades: building construction graduates may enter directly into the technology management BBA degree program.

Typical Semester Layout: 

Each class day has morning lectures scheduled at various times. Lab schedules continue until 3 p.m. each day after lectures. Each student is assigned a faculty adviser who maintains the student's grade records and is available for consultation daily. Schedules are blocked with a rotation system creating varied educational opportunities in on-campus labs and at off-campus construction projects.

First Semestercredits
BLCT1021College & Life Skills1
BLCT1023Construction Essentials 13
BLCT1034Workplace Environ & Safety4
BLCT1022Wood Fabrication Tech 12
BLCT1132Estimating I2
BLCT1142Masonry I2
BLCT1024Construction Essentials II4
Second Semestercredits
BLCT2044Construction Essentials III4
BLCT2054Construction Essentials IV4
BLCT2064Structural Components4
BLCT2032Wood Fabrication Tech II2
BLCT2132Estimating II2
BLCT2142Masonry II2
Third Semestercredits
BLCT3223Home Remodeling3
BLCT3313Basic CAD for Residential Drawings3
BLCT3123Construction Drawings & Specs3
BLCT3213Exterior Construction Details3
BLCT3323Interior Trim3
BLCT3233Advanced Framing3
Fourth Semestercredits
BLCT4312Introduction to Residential Jobsite Management2
BLCT4023Form Building3
BLCT4042Construction Business Operation2
BLCT4212Construction Safety2
BLCT4303Interior Surfaces3
BLCT3033Cabinet and Counter Top Construction3
BLCT3203Estimating III3
Historic Preservation Electivescredits
BLCT2094Window and Door Restoration4
BLCT2084Mechanics of Decay and Deterioration in Wood4
BLCT2074Historic Roofing Materials4
BLCT4104Comparison of Framing Techniques4
BLCT4900Directed Study - Historic Preservation2
Employment and Transfer Rate: 
Employment and Transfer Survey Details: 
Survey Details201120122013
Receiving Degrees565957
Responding to Survey40 (71%)51 (86%)38 (67%)
Employed30 (75%)45 (88%)28 (74%)
Employed in Field16 (89%)38 (86%)23 (82%)
Transferred9 (23%)4 (8%)10 (26%)
Unemployed & Seeking Employment1 (2%)2 (4%)--
Unemployed & Not Seeking Employment------
Employment and Transfer Salary Information: 

Less than $20,000 (1)
$20,000 - $29,999 (9)
$30,000 - $39,999 (4)
$40,000 - $49,999 (1)
$50,000 - $59,999 (1)
Prefer not to disclose (12)