Building Construction Occupations

  • Instructor Kevin Crawford | East Campus | CIP Code 46.9999

    The Building Construction Occupations program is accredited by the National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER) through the Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) and provides participants with defined career paths in the construction industry. The Building Construction Occupations program provides instruction in a number of the construction trades and is focused on the building and installation of all systems in a physical structure.

    Classroom and lab experiences involve the basics of several building trades including carpentry, metal fabrication, interior finishes, masonry, plumbing, and electricity. As a student in Building Construction Occupations, you will also learn to use various hand tools and power tools.

    Students at the East Campus will have the opportunity to apply their skills and knowledge with the construction of a custom-built home under the direction of their instructors. The local housing market has come to know the BCTC student-built homes as a model of quality and craftsmanship.

    Graduates of this program are prepared for employment in the construction fields or may pursue more specialized training through an apprenticeship and/or post-secondary education.

    NCCER – National Center for Construction Education and Research

    The Building Construction Occupations program participates in NCCER. This curricula and training process is supported by trade associations, contractors, schools, construction and maintenance users, pipeline operators, manufacturers, and third-party training providers. Visit for further information.

    PBA – Pennsylvania Builder’s Association

    The program is a PBA endorsed program, which allows students who complete the program at the competent and above level to earn a PBA Certification. Visit for more information.

    Career Pathways:

    Building Maintenance Repairer
    Brick Mason/Block Mason


    Construction and Building Inspector
    Building Supervisor
    Building Trades Instructor
    Construction Supervisor
    Maintenance Supervisor

    *Requires post-secondary training.

Building Construction Occupations
  • Industry Certifications:

    NCCER Core
    OSHA/CareerSafe 10-Hour Certification
    Pennsylvania Builders Association Skills Certificate (based on NOCTI)

    College Advanced Credits:

    Harrisburg Area Community College - Up to 3 credits
    Triangle Tech – Bethlehem - Up to 8.5 credits

    Program Requirements/Costs

    There are specific costs for textbooks, tools, supplies, uniforms, certifications; and for some programs, medical and criminal clearances that students are obligated to pay upon acceptance. These costs change annually.

    Program Entrance Recommendations:

    ο Reading at grade level
    o Algebra I or Geometry
    o Problem-solving/ troubleshooting skills
    o Ability to work independently and in a team
    o Hand-eye coordination
    o Mechanical aptitude