• Course Description:

    Building Construction Technology is a competency based program. Skilled building construction mechanics must have general knowledge in many skill areas so that they may perform repairs on existing facilities and aid in the construction of new buildings. Basic skills include plumbing, carpentry, electricity, painting, wall covering, and masonry. Students are given the fundamentals of related math and blueprint reading. You will receive instruction on the use of hand and power tools. Students are given adequate time to perform quality work, and the proper care and use of a wide variety of construction tools and machinery. Personal safety and overall job performance is stressed continually throughout the program. Prospective students should like to work with their hands and have a desire to work in various construction areas. Upon graduation, students that have successfully completed the course can confidently seek employment with the maintenance staff of an institution, work in a related construction area, or become self-employed.


    Skills Learned:

    Some of the skills a student will be able to perform are framing, exterior and interior covering, rough in and the installation of plumbing fixtures, preparing surface areas for painting, install and repair electrical circuits, install a hot water tank, install drywall and finish, construct various brick and block walls, maintain and clean heating equipment, layout a building and foundation.

    Related Occupations and Earnings:

    Related occupations include building maintenance person, building supervisor, electrical maintenance person, carpenter, roofer, and electrician. Earnings range between $12-$22/hour.

    Post-Secondary Opportunities:

    Articulated credits can be earned toward an Associate’s Degree at Institutions such as Commonwealth Technical Institute, Johnson College and Orleans Technical Institute.



    Grading Procedures:
    40% for classroom instruction, tests , quizzes, and 60% for shop work and safe behavior

    Suggested Prerequisites:
    Algebra I & II, Geometry, College Prep English I-IV


    *Industry & Skills Certifications:

    NAHB Certification



    Student Requirements:
    Active Listening, Controlled Precision, Physical Strength, Manual Dexterity, Communication, Use in Personal Protective Equipment due to dust & fumes, dangerous equipment as well as outdoor elements.

    Student Costs:
    Shop uniform, work boots, and a 25 foot tape measure


    Text Book:

    NCCER Construction Technology 3rd Edition, Contran Learning Series by Prentice Hall


    Central Westmoreland Career and Technology Center



    Mr. Lehnhardt – Construction Trades Instructor

    Phone Number – 724-925-3532 x. 1345


    Office Hours: 7:15am to 8:00am

    11:45am to 12:00pm

    2:30pm to 2:45pm

    Please leave a voicemail message outside of these times.

    * Cost, if applicable, may be the responsibility of the Student.