Building Construction Occupations

15 months, 1590 hours

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 maintenance and repair of all systems in a physical structure.

Classroom and lab experiences involve the basics of several building trades including carpentry, sheet metal work, glass cutting and glazing, painting, masonry, plumbing, electricity and welding. 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.

Industry Certifications:

  • NCCER Core
  • OSHA/CareerSafe 10-Hour Certification


Required/Optional Items
Purchased through

Required Items
Purchase from any Vendor

Required Footwear

Required Safety Gear

· Three Carolina Blue Short Sleeve Tee Shirts with BCTC Logo

· Two Petrol Blue Short Sleeve Work Shirts with BCTC Logo

· Two Charcoal Crewneck Sweatshirts with BCTC Logo


• Cotton blue or black jeans – proper fitting and no holes

Work boots, no sneakers


Safety glasses provided by BCTC




First Year Students:

Modern Carpentry: Essential Skills for the Building Trades (12th Edition) – by Willis H. Wagner and Howard Bud Smith

ISBN #:  978-1-63126-083-4


Second & Third Year Students:

Optional – Resource Book
Modern Plumbing (8th Edition) – by E. Keith Blankenbaker

ISBN #:  978-1-61960-863-4

Optional – Resource Book
Modern Masonry: Brick, Block, Stone (8th Edition) – by Clois E. Kicklighter

ISBN #: 978-1-63126-095-7

Optional – Resource Book
Modern Residential Wiring (10th Edition) – by Harvey N. Holzman

ISBN #: 978-1-61960-842-9   

Tool / Supply / Protective Equipment

Quantity Needed Level 1, 2, or 3 Approximate Cost Suggested Vendor
Footwear Requirement: Work boots; No sneakers 1 pair Levels 1, 2, & 3 TBD Any store
25′ Tape Measure 1 Level 1 $10.00 Lowes or Home Depot
Tool Belt 1 Level 1 $40.00 Lowes or Home Depot
6′ Foot Rule 1 Level 1 $10.00 Lowes or Home Depot
Utility Knife 1 Level 1 $4.00 Lowes or Home Depot
16 oz. Claw or Straight Hammer 1 Level 1 $12.00 Lowes or Home Depot
Combination Square 1 Level 1 $12.00 Lowes or Home Depot
Pencil Compass 1 Level 1 $2.00 Lowes or Home Depot
Chalk Line 1 Level 1 $8.00 Lowes or Home Depot
Calculator 1 Level 1 $25.00 Lowes or Home Depot
Speed Square 1 Level 1 $12.00 Lowes or Home Depot

* BCTC will pay for one pair of safety glasses (if required) and may assist with payment for the testing fees or core certification tests (first time only).  Additional safety glasses and testing fees must be paid by the student.

ACE Building Construction Occupations

Program Entrance Recommendations:

  • High School Diploma or GED
  • Algebra I or Geometry
  • Problem-solving / troubleshooting skills
  • Ability to work independently and in a team
  • Hand-eye coordination
  • Mechanical aptitude

Career Pathways:

  • Building Maintenance Repairer
  • Carpenter
  • Brick Mason & Block Mason
  • Construction Trades Helper
  • Electrician’s Helper
  • Plumber’s Helper