Building Construction Technology

Associate in Science Degree (CIP# 1615100102)

The program has been planned to provide theoretical and classroom experience which closely parallels on-the-job activities. The Building Construction program is designed to train competent technicians capable of working with architects, engineers, contractors, building officials and others. The program will accommodate architectural drafting, construction estimators, schedulers, and supervisors, as well as persons just entering the field of construction.

Students are strongly encouraged to consult a career program advisor in the department office for assistance in determining the best education plan for their career goals.

Although scheduling may not always provide for the following progression of courses, students should use the foundation, intermediate and advanced course sequence as a guide in program planning.

All degree-seeking students must satisfy entry testing requirements and satisfactorily complete all mandatory courses in reading, student success, mathematics, English, and English for Academic Purposes in which the student is placed.

Alternative Ways to Earn Credit

Graduates of specific programs at Orange County Technical Colleges may be eligible to receive college credit for specific courses in this program. You may also be eligible to receive credit toward this degree if you have earned an approved industry certification or Career Pathways credit.  For more information and requirements, go to valenciacollege.edu/asdegrees/transferagreements.cfm to view the award of credit options. Eligible students should contact the related academic department and/or Career Program Advisor at Valencia for the award of credit.

Technical Certificates

The Building Construction A.S. degree also offers the following college credit certificate programs.  These certificate programs can put you on the fast-track to reaching your career goals. They are designed to equip you with a specialized skill set for entry-level employment or to upgrade your skills for job advancement. Most can be completed in one year or less, and all of the courses in the certificate programs are embedded in the A.S. degree. Click on the Certificate tab at the top of the page for more information about the course requirements.

  • Building Construction Specialist (18 credits) (CIP # 0615100103) 

Start Right

Degree-seeking students enrolling at Valencia for the first time will have a limited range of courses from which to choose for their first 18 college-level credits. Within the first 18 college credit hours, you will be required to take ENC1101 (3 credits), and if applicable, SLS 1122 (3 credits) and a mathematics course appropriate to your selected meta-major (3 credits).  The remaining courses will be chosen from the General Education Core Courses in humanities (3 credits), science (3 credits), or social science (3 credits), and/or the introductory courses within the A.S. degree programs. For specific courses see the Foundation Courses on the “Program Requirements” tab. For course sequencing recommendations, see your Career Program Advisor or create an education plan by logging into Atlas, clicking on the LifeMap tab and clicking My Education Plan.

Potential Careers

  • Project Manager
  • Construction Scheduler
  • Construction Superintendent
  • Construction Estimator
  • Building Inspector
  • Construction Manager
  • Building Supervisor
  • General Contractor
  • Plans Reviewer

Salary & Earnings Information

For salary and wage information, visit:  www.floridawages.com.

Contacts

Future Students

Contact Enrollment Services at enrollment@valenciacollege.edu or call 407-582-1507.

Current Students

Andrew Ray, R.A, Program Chair, West Campus: 407-582-1847
aray@valenciacollege.edu

Beverly Johnson, Career Program Advisor, West Campus: 407-582-1890
bjohnson@valenciacollege.edu

Internship and Workforce Services

If you need assistance with job resources or in locating an internship, please visit: valenciacollege.edu/internship.

Program Outcomes

  • Accept professional and ethical responsibilities required by industry.
  • Communicate effectively with technical and non-technical audiences.
  • Analyze systems and processes used to create the built environment.
  • Solve design problems using algebraic and trigonometric functions.
  • Plan and perform basic project management functions for construction.
Foundation Courses
ETD 1031CINTRODUCTION TO CONSTRUCTION/DRAFTING TECHNOLOGY3
ETD 1100CENGINEERING DRAWING3
ETD 1320CINTRODUCTION TO CADD3
ENC 1101FRESHMAN COMPOSITION I +*~3
Humanities See Gen. Ed. Core Requirement ~3
Science or Mathematics See Gen. Ed. Core Elective ~3
Intermediate Courses
ETC 1251CENGINEERING MATERIALS AND PROCESSES3
Social Science See Gen. Ed. Core Requirement ~3
Gen Ed Elective See Gen. Ed. Requirement ~3
BCN 2405Statics and Strength Materials *3
BCT 1705Contracts, Codes, and Specs3
MTB 2321CTECHNICAL MATHEMATICS3
SUR 1101CBASIC SURVEYING MEASUREMENTS (Surveying I) *3
ETD 1340CADVANCED CADD *3
TAR 1120CARCHITECTURAL DRAWING I *3
Advanced Courses
BCN 2563Building Service Systems3
BCN 2721CCONSTRUCTION PLANNING AND CONTROL3
BCT 2770CBUILDING CONSTRUCTION ESTIMATING (FORMERLY BCT 2600)3
TAR 2033CARCHITECTURAL DESIGN *3
Technology Elective3
Total Credit Hours60
Building Construction Technology Electives
The Elective requirement may be satisfied with any course in the Course Descriptions section of the Valencia catalog with the subject prefix of ARC, BCN, BCT, ETC, ETD, ETM, SUR or TAR.
*

 This course has a prerequisite; check description in Valencia Catalog.

+

 This course must be completed with a grade of C or better.

~

 This is a general education course.

(GR)

Denotes a Gordon Rule course.

Notes:

Specialized program courses are offered on the West Campus.

Associate in Science (A.S.) Degree students who wish to pursue a Bachelor’s Degree have the opportunity to transfer into a related bachelor’s degree (2 +2) that is offered at any state college in Florida. Students who want to continue their education should discuss the career path with their Career Program Advisor, as well as contact their State College of choice for acceptance of this degree.

Specialized courses may not be offered every session or on every campus.

Building Construction Specialist

Technical Certificate

This certificate is designed to prepare individuals for entry-level positions working with architects, engineers, contractors, and building officials. It provides a working knowledge of estimating, scheduling, and interpreting commercial and residential blueprints. It also provides the foundation for individuals pursuing a career in building inspection and quality control.

Program Outcomes

  • Communicate effectively with technical and non-technical audiences.

  • Analyze systems and processes used to create the built environment.

  • Solve design problems using algebraic and trigonometric functions.

  • Plan and perform basic project management functions for construction.

BCN 2721CCONSTRUCTION PLANNING AND CONTROL3
BCT 2770CBUILDING CONSTRUCTION ESTIMATING (FORMERLY BCT 2600)3
Building Construction Elective(s)6
MTB 2321CTECHNICAL MATHEMATICS3
ETC 1251CENGINEERING MATERIALS AND PROCESSES3
Total Credit Hours18
Building Construction Electives
BCN 1272CONSTRUCTION BLUEPRINT READING3
BCN 2563Building Service Systems3
BCT 1705Contracts, Codes, and Specs3
SUR 1101CBASIC SURVEYING MEASUREMENTS3
Select one of the following:1-4
INTERNSHIP EXPLORATION IN CONSTRUCTION *
INTERNSHIP IN ARCHITECTURAL/BUILDING CONSTRUCTION *
*

This course has a prerequisite; check description in Valencia catalog.

Notes:

All certificate courses are offered on the West Campus.

Specialized courses may not be offered every session or on every campus.