Building Construction Technology

Transportation & Industrial

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Program Description
The purpose of this program is to prepare students for employment or advanced training in the building construction industry.

This program offers a sequence of courses that provides coherent and rigorous content aligned with challenging academic standards and relevant technical knowledge and skills needed to prepare for further education and careers in the Architecture and Construction career cluster; provides technical skill proficiency, and includes competency-based applied learning that contributes to the academic knowledge, higher-order reasoning and problem-solving skills, work attitudes, general employability skills, technical skills, and occupation-specific skills, and knowledge of all aspects of the Architecture and Construction career cluster.

Preparation for Employment
This program offers a broad foundation of knowledge and skills to prepare students for employment in building construction trades. The content includes practical experiences in construction related skills such as materials handling, safety, carpentry, masonry, site layout, plumbing, electric, framing, roofing, concrete, communication, hand tools, and power tools.

► NCCER – Core

► NCCER – Construction Technology

Immokalee Technical College is a member of Collier Building Industry Association (CBIA) and is also a member of Collier Building Industry Foundation (CBIF). Through membership and monthly meetings we maintain involvement and networking with local firms associated with the industry.
Area of Focus

► Safety

► Construction Drawings

► Hand Tools

► Power Tools

► Construction Math

► Employability Skills

► Communication

► Materials Handling

► Site Layout

► Framing

► Roofing

► Electrical

► Plumbing

► Masonry

► Concrete

► Mechanical / Shop Skills

► Professionalism

► Certifications

Example of Course Projects
There are a variety of hands on projects within the scope of the course performed on site depending of the materials budget for that particular year. Students will need to work on various projects within the shop to gain knowledge and confidence relevant to abilities necessary in the profession.

► Cabinet Making

► Framing Exercises

► Working with power tools

► Working with hand tools

► Furniture Making

► Basic Tile Setting

► Planning and Preparation

► Safety Demonstration and Understanding

► Computer Skills

Shop Activities & Equipment
Studio activities are an integral part of this program. These activities include instruction in the use of safety procedures, tools, equipment, materials, and processes related to these occupations. The equipment and supplies in the construction technology shop include a table saw, lathe, sanders, planer, scroll saws, drill press, band saw, radial arm saw, compound miter saw, shaper, sheet saw, routers, cordless tools, air guns, and various hand and power tools.
Potential Employment Opportunities

► Construction Supervision
► Masonry
► Concrete
► Framing

► Cabinetry
► Millwork
► Finish Carpentry
► Plumbing
► Electrical

► Tile
► Painting
► Drywall
► Roofing

Length of Course and Occupational Completion Points

► 1050 clock hours, 2 semesters

► The following table illustrates the program structure:

Course # Course Name OPC Hours
BCV0400 Building Construction Helper A 450
BCV0401 Building Construction Tech 1 B 300
BCV0402 Building Construction Tech 2 B 300

Basic Skills Exit Requirements
► TABE Assessment:
Math 9.0      Reading 9.0      Language 9.0
*Some students qualify for exemption from this requirement.

Program Offered
► Open Enrollment August, October, January, April
► Full-time:
Monday through Friday
8:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Funding / Financial Aid
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Program Experiences

Working With Power Tools

Students learn to use various power tools used in the profession of construction in our state of the art air conditioned shop.


Carpentry is the most common association to the construction industry. Both the CORE and the Construction Technology Courses touch all the aspects associated with carpentry from wall framing, to roof framing, and floor framing.

Concrete, Masonry, and Decorative Stone

Every aspect of construction has so many individual applications and trade. It’s nothing for a typical home to have 20 or 30 professions involved in the construction.

Concretes Roll in the Construction Industry

Sidewalks, slabs, mortar in bricks, roofing tiles, masonry blocks, tie beams, fill cells, and foundations are just a small list of functions of concrete in the construction industry.

Commercial Buildings / High rise structures.

Careers in the construction industry span everything from simple framing like building decks to building high rise buildings spanning 20 floors and beyond.

Reading Construction Drawings and Plans

Whether becoming an electrician, plumber, carpenter, contractor, or any professional in the industry of construction, a key required skill is the ability to read and understand construction drawings, plans, and specifications.

Commercial Construction

We often associate the construction industry as “building houses”. The industry is much broader than such simple perceptions. Commercial Buildings such as restaurants require a laundry list of subcontractors such as low voltage electricians, electricians, plumbers, HVAC, fire sprinkler installers, concrete finishers, framers, drywall installers and finishers, painters, tile installers, finish carpenters, cleaners, fixture installers, gas specialists, roofers, and the list goes on. In Construction Technology at iTECH our goal is to teach the fundamentals of the construction industry as a stepping stone for students to leap out into one of the many different exciting careers that make up that industry.

Breaking away from traditional forms of construction.

As technology and building materials change so do the methods of today’s construction. Light Gauge metal studs are one building material being used more often now as an alternative to traditional wood framing. Metal framing has been used for years in commercial construction but now is being found more and more in residential construction from wall studs, to roof trusses, and ceilings.

Finish Carpentry

One aspect of carpentry is finish carpentry. This includes the art of installing crown molding, base molding, casing, stair construction, cabinets, and casework.

The Industry

The Industry

Construction Technology at iTECH encompasses all the basics associated with the construction industry. We teach and guide our students into all the aspects of the construction industry. We start off with the CORE program which involves the basics such as hand tools, power tools, reading construction drawings, basic communication skills, rigging, and employability skills. Next we move onto Construction Technology courses. Here we branch off into different specialty modules such as masonry, electric, plumbing, site layout, carpentry, roofing, and more. The goal is to get each student certified by NCCER in CORE and then add each of the modules onto their certification card. NCCER is recognized through out the United States. Employers can access the web site and verify through the student’s certification card and number their relevant experience and module achievement. This helps each student gain employment by demonstrating proof of their applicable skills

FAQ's - Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions:

Q: “With the status of the local economy being so dismal and the construction industry being hit worst, why would anyone pursue a career in construction?”

A: “Although times are tough in just about every profession, there is always going to be a need for highly specialized and trained individuals in the construction industry. Keep in mind that the number of baby boomers retiring and leaving the work force will have a dramatic effect on the labor pool of qualified professionals in the very near future. This will create a greater demand. Another factor specific to Southwest Florida is the location. People continue to want to live, move, work, and retire here. The area provides convenient access to shopping, services, and numerous outdoor activities year round.”

Q: “Construction is a very broad based profession with so many specialties. I am interested in finish carpentry and painting. Can you teach me the skills and provide me the training necessary for those professions?”

A: “Absolutely, the state’s guidelines have the construction technology program set up with minimum requirements for receiving certification through the NCCER. The goal is to spend the first half of the year focusing on achieving those guidelines. The second half of the year is to provide you (the student) with lesson plans and training specifically targeting your personal career goals and objectives relevant to that particular area of the construction field.”

Q: “Does the entire course involve just reading and doing assignments in the books?”

A: “No, the program includes a variety of training, assignments, and exercises. While you will have required chapters to complete in the books, there are also activities done on the computer and numerous projects and tasks to be performed in the shop working with construction tools and materials.”


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