Certificate in building
The study of building technology covers the planning for the creation of residential or commercial properties, as well as structures. Programs in this subject are normally offered at the certificate or associate degree level, but building technology coursework may also be found in advanced programs for construction or architecture. Graduates of such programs may work as contractors or as managers if they have sufficient construction experience; however, many construction management jobs require a bachelor's degree with experience.
Building technology programs incorporate hands-on experience through labs that may be done on campus or at a building site. Students in both certificate and associate's degree programs learn the basics of construction drawing, blueprint reading, building codes and construction project management. They learn to construct walls, roofs, floors, and foundations, as well as other interior and exterior structures. An associate's degree program usually goes more in depth and covers topics like field engineering, estimating, piping and electrical systems, and a capstone course may be included.