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Building Trades: Building Construction

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AOS Degree ā€“ Code #0420

R. Jack Jones, Department Chair and Program Coordinator
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The building construction program will provide you with instruction in the basic skills required of the carpenter and the mason in the construction of residential or other light-frame and masonry buildings. You will also gain extensive experience in building layout, foundations, framing, sheathing, exterior and interior trim, block work, brick, and concrete construction.


  • Coupled with practical 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.

Program 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.

Direct Entry Into Baccalaureate Degree Program

Alfred State building trades: building construction graduates may enter directly into the construction supervision BTech or technology management BBA degree program. Graduates who have credit for freshman composition, statistics, literature, history, and speech may complete the baccalaureate program in two additional years; others may complete the program in two-and-one-half years.

Occupational Opportunities

  • Manufacturers
  • Cabinetmaker
  • Sales
  • Shop foreman
  • Installer (cabinets, etc.)
  • Dealers
  • Maintenance supervisor
  • Carpenter
  • Contractor
  • Self-employment
  • Expediter
  • Construction superintendent
  • Construction foreman
  • Mason
  • Estimator

Employment Statistics

Employment and continuing education rate of 100 percent ā€“ 60 percent are employed; 40 percent continued their education. 

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Building Trades: Building Construction - AOS Degree



BLCT 1124 Construction Essentials I 4
BLCT 1034 Workplace Environment & Safety 4
BLCT 1022 Wood Fabrication Technology I 2
BLCT 1132 Estimating I 2
BLCT 1142 Masonry I 2
BLCT 1024 Construction Essentials II 4


BLCT 2044 Construction Essentials III 4
BLCT 2054 Construction Essentials IV 4
BLCT 2064 Structural Components 4
BLCT 2032 Wood Fabrication Technology II 2
BLCT 2132 Estimating II 2
BLCT 2142 Masonry II 2


BLCT 3223 Home Remodeling 3
BLCT 3033 Cabinet & Counter Top Const 3
BLCT 3123 Constructn Drawings & Specifct 3
BLCT 3213 Exterior Construction Details 3
BLCT 3323 Interior Trim 3
BLCT 3233 Advanced Framing 3


BLCT 3203 Estimating III 3
BLCT 4212 Construction Safety 2
BLCT 4303 Interior Surfaces 3
BLCT 4312 Intro to Resid Jobsite Manage 2
BLCT 4042 Construct Business Operation 2
BLCT 4023 Form Building 3
BLCT 4033 Historic Framing Techniques 3
BLCT 3313 Basic CAD for Resid Drawings 3

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. 


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 ā€œCā€ average.