About our Construction Technology
The Construction Technology program provides technical and hands-on experience in residential construction, preparing its graduates for a rewarding career in the construction industry. The construction field involves constantly changing technology in today’s continuing search for more energy-efficient structures. Technically trained professionals with innovative ideas and the skills to apply these ideas and knowledge are needed to meet the challenges of today’s building industry.
Related subjects such as print reading, framing, interior finishes and building science along with English composition and math provide students with a well-rounded education, allowing them to obtain employment in a variety of positions within the construction industry or its related fields. All students participate in framing and interior finishing projects in a lab setting that provides them with the knowledge and skills to succeed in the construction industry. All classes are conducted in an environment that prepares students for the expectations of future employers. Students will use a blower door, IR camera, moisture meter, and other energy tools to perform, evaluate and prepare a single-family home energy audit and report.
Out-of-State Licensure Information
If you are completing this program and will be seeking licensure in another state, please download our Out-of-State Licensure document.
- Interpret a basic set of house plans.
- Use a variety of measuring tools to lay out a structure.
- Set a builder’s level laser level or transit and analyze readings.
- Lay out and assemble a floor, wall and roof system.
- Straighten and square framing.
- Lay out, cut and erect rafters for a variety of roof styles.
- Calculate framing, sheathing and roof coverings needed for a given structure.
- Identify different types of cornice detail.
- Identify different types of ventilation needed for a roof system.
- Have an understanding of building science, energy movement within a building, and building ventilation requirements as prescribed by the International Residential Code.
- Produce measurements using a blower door, manometer and infrared imaging camera.
- Install and properly flash windows and doors.
- Install various types of exterior finishes including clapboard, wood shingles, vinyl siding and sheet goods.
- Install interior trim in a structure.
- Lay out, frame and finish a set of interior stairs.
- Lay out and build a timber-frame structure.
- Design place and test concrete.
- Lay out and place concrete in an insulated concrete form (ICF).
- Lay out and erect a wall using concrete blocks and bricks.
What opportunities does this program provide?
Launch Your Career
SMCC graduates in this program have gone on to work as:
- Project Manager
- Lead Person
- Framing Carpenter
- Finish Carpenter
- Flooring Tech
- Window Installer
- Siding Tech
- Kitchen Installer
- Carpenter Helper
- Insulation Installer
- Building Material Sales
- Yard Tech
- Material Delivery Driver
Continue Your Education
SMCC graduates have used our transfer agreements to continue their education at:
- Johnson & Wales University
- Maine College of Art
- Mount Holyoke College
- Saint Joseph’s College
- Southern New Hampshire University
- Thomas College
- University of Maine
- University of New England
- University of Southern Maine
- Wellesley College
To view our seamless transfer agreements, visit our Transfer webpage.
How do I complete this program?
Browse the information below to view our program requirements and how you might complete this program.
Estimated Full-Time Degree Completion Time
Please note, these estimates are based on a student taking an average of 15 credits per semester and do not include college preparatory or developmental courses.
Interested in viewing full program and course details?
- View full program details in our academic catalog.
- View a list of current major-specific courses for this program.
- View all current courses.
Are you a current student?
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Not ready to commit to a degree program? We may have other options that work for you.
Did you know that we offer a broad array of short-term workforce training programs that allow you to enter the workforce and start earning quickly? These programs are a great way to enter a career in your area of interest and to become accustomed to college classes. They are also often grant-funded (free of charge to trainees). And, if you find you want to keep going, we can help you find a related academic degree or certificate program of interest with which you can continue your education.
Costs & Financial Aid
This degree program may have specific associated costs which are important to know before attending. We encourage you to apply for financial aid which provides funds in the form of grants and scholarship (free), loans (need to repay) and student employment (earned money.)