Building Construction Technology Program

Construction site

This Building Construction Technology program at South Suburban College is designed to provide hands on experience in building construction utilizing the latest tools and methods of construction. Basic and advanced classes are featured as well as “in the field” work experiences to give you the skills you need to enter this excellent career field.

Mission

In the South Suburban College Building Construction Technology program is continually updated to reflect current techniques, equipment and technology. Courses include Electrical and Mechanical techniques, cost estimating, project supervision and management, drafting, and methods in wood, masonry, and hands-on classes in carpentry, masonry plumbing, and electrical.

Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs)

Students who complete the Associates of Applied Science in Building Construction Technology program at South Suburban College will be prepared for employment in building construction trades and the management skills needed to supervise a project from beginning to end. The mission and philosophy of the SSC Building Construction Technology Program serves as the framework for the rigorous and comprehensive curriculum that ensures student success. Graduates will be prepared for the profession by demonstrating an active understanding of:

  • Principles of general contracting
  • Basic Codes
  • Supervising; Carpenters, Electricians, Plumbers, and Masons
  • Build/Rehab; energy efficient homes
  • Construction materials and methods in wood, electrical and masonry
  • Basic elements at any construction sit

What is the employment outlook?

The overall employment of construction workers is projected to grow 12% from 2016 to 2026 faster than the average for all occupations.
South Suburban College’s Building Construction Technology program prepares students for a career as a building trade’s person. Job opportunities are available in the privet or public sector of the industry through work in local, State and government agencies.

Employment opportunities for Building Construction Technology graduates are excellent, with median annual earnings of $35,000 to $65,000 according to usnews.com/careers.

Building Construction Technology AAS Degree (BLD.AAS)

Overview for College Success Credits
OCS 121 Overview for College Success 1
Overview for College Success (OCS 121) is a class that will help you plan and assist you in becoming a better student and support you in your work/life balance. OCS 121 credit is not calculated in the course minimum credit totals listed in this section.
General Education Credits
ENG 101 Composition and Rhetoric 3
SPE 108 Oral Communication 3
GROUP II Humanities Elective 3
GROUP III Social and Behavioral Science Elective 3
GROUP IV/V Science Elective 4
Program Core Credits
BCD 104 Residential Plumbing Inspections 3
BLD 100 General Contract Green Home 2
BLD 101 Construction Materials & Methods I – Wood 4
BLD 102 Construction Materials & Methods II – Masonry 4
BLD 103 Home Energy Dynamics 3.5
BLD 105 Print Reading for Building Construction 3
BLD 106 OSHA 30 Hr Construction Safety 3
BLD 203 Estimating 3.5
BLD 206 Construction Material & Methods IV – Electrical 4
BLD 210

BLD 220

Build Energy Efficient Green Home I
OR
Renovate Energy Efficient Green Home
5

6

BLD 215 Plan Energy Efficient Green Home 3
BLD 221 Build Energy Efficient Green Home II 6
DRF 101 Architectural Drafting I 3
ENG 121 Technical Business Writing 3
Minimum for Degree: 66-67

Building Construction Technology Certificates

Basic Certificates

Overview for College Success Credits
OCS 121 Overview for College Success 1
New Residential Construction (BLD.BASIC.NEWRESID) Credits
BLD 101 Construction Materials & Methods I – Wood 4
BLD 103 Home Energy Dynamics 3.5
BLD 106 OSHA 30 Hr Construction Safety 3
BLD 210

BLD 220

Build Energy Efficient Green Home I
OR
Renovate Energy Efficient Green Home
5

6

BLD 221 Build Energy Efficient Green Home II 6
Total Credit Hours: 21.5-22.5
Building Rehabilitation (BLD.BASIC.REHAB) Credits
BLD 101 Construction Materials & Methods I – Wood 4
BLD 103 Home Energy Dynamics 3.5
BLD 106 OSHA 30 Hr Construction Safety 3
BLD 210

BLD 220

Build Energy Efficient Green Home I
OR
Renovate Energy Efficient Green Home
5

6

BLD 221 Build Energy Efficient Green Home II 6
Total Credit Hours: 21-22
Construction Supervision & Management (BLD.BASIC.SUPVMGT) Credits
BLD 100 General Contract Green Home 2
BLD 105 Print Reading for Building Construction 3
BLD 106 OSHA 30 Hr Construction Safety 3
BLD 203 Estimating 3.5
BLD 205 Project Supervision & Management 3
BLD 215 Plan Energy Efficient Green Home 3
Total Credit Hours: 17.5
Green Building Construction (BLD.BASIC.CONGR) Credits
BCD 190 International Energy Code 3
BLD 100 General Contract Green Home 2
BLD 103 Home Energy Dynamics 3.5
BLD 106 OSHA 30 Hr Construction Safety 3
BLD 107 Pre-Apprenticeship 3
BLD 157 Green Construction Career Planning 2
BIO 103 Environmental Biology 4
Total Credit Hours: 20.5
Home Maintenance (BLD.BASIC.HOMEMAIN) Credits
BLD 101 Introduction to Carpentry 4
BLD 102 Construction Material & Methods II – Masonry 4
BLD 206 Construction Material & Methods IV – Electrical 4
BCD 104 Residential Plumbing Inspections 3
Total Credit Hours: 15
HVACR Technician Certificate (BLD.BASIC.HVACR) Credits
BLD 106 OSHA 30hr Construction Safety Certificate 1.5
BLD 140 HVACR Tech 1 4
BLD 141 HVACR Tech 2 4
BLD 142 Duct Fabrication 3
BLD 150 >Introduction to “Green” Building Science 2
BLD 206 Residential Electrical Wiring 4
BCD 106 Mechanical Inspections 3
BCD 190 International Energy Conservation Code 3
ELC 101 Electrical Circuits 1 4
Total Credit Hours: 28.5
Industrial/Brownfield Safety, Land Reuse, & Public Health (BLD.BASIC.BRFS) Credits
WLD 130 General Welding 4
BLD 159 >Introduction to Brownfields Remediation, Land Reuse, & Public Health 3
BLD 161 Basic Safety Training for Construction & Brownfield Workers 3
BLD 162 >Introduction to Environmental Health 3
BLD 163 Basic Site Assessment 2
BLD 167 Hazardous Waste Operations & Emergency Response 3
BLD 168 Strategies for Safe Handling of Hazardous Substances 3
Total Credit Hours: 21