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About our Construction
Technology Certificate

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

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Graduation Outcomes

  • 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, 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.

Equipment Requirements

What opportunities does this program provide?

SMCC graduates in this program have gone on to work as:

  • Building Inspector
  • Business Owner
  • Construction Manager
  • Contract Administrator
  • Cost Estimator
  • Field Engineer
  • Heavy Equipment Operator
  • Job Expeditor
  • Laborer
  • Project Manager

Interested in continuing your education upon completing this program? Explore these related associate degree programs:

Estimated Certificate 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.

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Related Programs

Not ready to commit to a certificate 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 certificate 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.)

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Admissions: 207-741-5800 or 

Department Chair: Andrew Soule, 207-741-5617 or

A three-credit class averages


Full-time tuition & fees


*Additional program costs may apply.


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