Building Construction Technician


Building Construction Technology program is designed to prepare students for employment and advanced training in the building construction industry. This program focuses on broad transferable skills, stresses the understanding of all aspects of the building construction industry and demonstrates such elements of the industry as planning, management, technical and production skills, underlying principles of technology, labor issues, community issues, and health, safety, and environmental issues.

Program Description

This program will cover the fundamentals of building construction aspects and disciplines. Classroom, shop and laboratory activities are an integral part of this program. These activities include instructions in the use of the safety procedures, tools, equipment, materials, and processes found in the industry. Equipment and supplies will be provided to enhance hands-on experiences for students in the chosen occupation.

Entrance Requirements or Prerequisites

The student must have a High School Diploma or its recognized equivalent (GED). Students who do not have a High School Diploma, or who have not passed the General Education Development (GED) Test, but are beyond the compulsory age of education in the State of Florida, and who have demonstrated that they posses Ability to Benefit (ATB) from the training offered must pass the ATB exam with a minimum score of 15/50 for the Scholastic Level IV entrance exam.

Program Outline  
BTC 101Introduction to Construction Industry260-60
BTC 102Construction tools & Equipment2303060
BTC 103Construction Systems260-60
BTC 104Construction Materials & Methods2303060
BTC 105Green Building Basics260-60
BTC 106Construction Math & Science Principles2303060
BTC 201Construction Blueprints & Specifications2303060
BTC 202Construction Carpentry2303060
BTC 203Computer Drafting46060120
BTC 204Roofing Systems2303060
BTC 205Cabinet Construction2303060
BTC 206Codes & Regulations26060
BTC 301Plumbing Knowledge46060120
BTC 303Fundamental of Electricity2303060
BTC 304Electrical Wiring I2303060
BTC 305Electrical Wiring II2303060
BTC 306Fundamental of Air Conditioning2303060
BTC 307Air Conditioning Systems2303060
BTC 308Project Estimator2303060
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* Books and supplies are purchased by the student at a value of $526.00

Course Description  

BCT 101 Introduction to Construction Industry

An introduction course designed to show the students some history of building construction, its impact on the built environment, benefits on health and economy, its relationship with environment and description of different projects. Definitions of roles of general contractor, construction management, and design build forms. Building processes from zoning to fire department.

BCT 102 Construction Tools & Equipment

The purpose of this course is to develop knowledge and skills in the use of hand and power tools and heavy equipment related to construction industry.

BCT 103 Construction Systems

This course offers the basic understanding of the use of common systems such as foundations, structural framing/skeleton, building envelops, and finishes.

BCT 104 Construction Materials & Methods

This course studies the materials and methods used in building construction emphasis on structural materials. It introduces students to proper terminology and usage of wood, steel, and concrete materials and selected manufactured components.

BCT 105 Green Building Basics

Course offers an overall introduction to basic concepts of green building systems by understanding sustainability principles and whole building approach toward building construction, suppliers and material selection. It also explains USGBC LEED and NAHB guidelines. Finally, it explains national green building standards.

BCT 106 Construction Math & Science Principles

Basic science knowledge used in the construction industry is focused. Math applied to building construction problems such as percentage, operation tables, unit conversion, area, volume, and tolerance are covered.

BCT 201 Construction Blueprints and Specifications

Orient the student to construction blueprints and specifications. Emphasis on how to read and interpret all types of working drawings and documents used in the construction industry.

BCT 202 Construction Carpentry

The purpose of this course is to develop carpentry skills and knowledge oriented to building construction. Forms, handling techniques, trim and finish are covered.

BCT 203 Computer Drafting

The use of graphic design will be taught in this course. The student will get the fundamental knowledge of dimensioning, concept of tolerance, work drawings, layout and design.

BCT 204 Roofing Systems

This course is designed to develop competencies in the theory, construction and installation of roof systems. Roofing components such as gutters, downspouts, pipes, vents, etc. are studied.

BCT 205 Cabinet Construction

This course is designed to develop competencies in the theory, construction and installation of cabinets use in the building construction industry. Parts, types and installation procedures are covered.

BCT 206 Codes and Regulations

The purpose of this course is to develop competencies in identifying codes and regulations applied to the construction industry. These competencies include skills and knowledge related to safety practices.

BCT 301 Plumbing Knowledge

This section covers the basic concepts of plumbing, including tools of the trade, safety regulations, general rules and personal protection equipment, first aides, pipes, categories and uses, valves and functions, common types of fittings, blueprints basics, reading sketches, types of drawings, dimensioning, views, symbols and abbreviations, drafting tools, trade math, systems of measurement, conversions, calculations areas and volumes.

BCT 303 Fundamental of Electricity

The course covers the basic concepts of electricity and magnetism; include atom theory and matter, sources of electrical energy, Ohm’s law, applications and solutions and the solutions of series and parallel circuits, AC and DC problems circuits, including the study of inductance, capacitance, active power, reactive power and power factor. Other topics include: Wire size selection and calculation, electrical protection fuses, breakers, internal overload, control transformers and power transformers. In the course of electricity technology students will learn to use the Ohmmeter, AC clap-on ammeter and capacitance meter.

BCT 304 Electrical Wiring I

This course includes the study of the electrical installation and operations of the different types of electrical panel-board, branch circuits, service, lighting and protections associated with small and big residences. Also the student must be able to: Convert the two dimensional plans into and actual electrical installation and learn how to install low voltage system for houses. In the electrical lab the students will practice with panel-boards, branch circuits, breakers and fuses.

BCT 305 Electrical Wiring II

This course includes areas, the National Fire Protection Association Standard #74, and discusses general the study of the connections in the study /bedroom for the receptacles, switches, fan, and lighting. The student will be able to understand the code requirements governing the receptacles outlet for laundry National Electrical Code requirements for the installation of residential smoke, heat, and security systems. Also the student must be able to: Calculate the size of the services entrance, including the sizes of the neutral conductors and discuss the hazards of electrical shock associated with faulty wiring in, on, or near pools.

BCT 306 Fundamentals of Air Conditioning

This course studies the basic concepts of heat and its relationship to the refrigeration cycle and studies of the laws of physics pertaining to refrigerants and the components of the mechanical refrigeration system. Topics include: types and functions of compressors, condensers, evaporators, and metered devices, types and use of refrigerants, the ozone layers, and a review of rules of the Environmental Protection Agency. In the shop students will practice soldering copper tubes and learn how to evacuate and charge a system using the vacuum pump and recover machine.

BCT 307 Air Conditioning Systems

A study of the basic concepts of the refrigeration and A/C cycle and identify the A/C functions and components, compressor, condenser, evaporator, and multi tester. The function study A/C on summer and on winter and evaporator and condensers and the use of copper tube table to select the diameter of tubes

BCT 308 Building Estimator

This building estimating course, prepare students to work as estimators in a specific area of construction. The courses are hands-on, with students performing takeoffs from actual building plans. This course fully prepares students to work as estimators for contractors bidding institutional or commercial building projects. Students attending this course learn to accurately take-off and summarize work quantities from commercial drawings. Students learn to apply the correct costs for both labor and materials and assemble a complete estimate. Students will leave this course having prepared an accurate estimate for a complete commercial project.

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