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Building Construction Technology

Degree Type: Associate in Applied Science
College(s): College of Engineering Technology

Why Choose Building Construction Technology?

This program prepares students for entry-level positions in the construction industry, working on commercial and residential structures. Coursework emphasizes estimating, field layout and hands-on laboratory courses. Technicians need a background in mathematics and physical science as well as a thorough knowledge of construction materials, methods and equipment.

The program includes general education courses in English, mathematics, physics, and related courses in materials testing, estimating, plans and specifications, computer applications, framing, mechanical/electrical systems, construction practices and computer-aided design.

Graduates of the associate degree program may choose employment with construction companies or may continue study toward a bachelor of science degree in the ACCE-accredited Construction Management program at Ferris.

Career Opportunities

The construction of a modern building is a complex endeavor requiring the efforts of a wide range of professional, technical and skilled personnel. Some of the most important people on any construction site are the building construction technicians.

Technicians know how to lay out a building, prepare project estimates, read blueprints, develop operation schedules, formulate material orders and coordinate the subcontractors.

Graduates of the Building Construction Technology program have the necessary skills to serve as an integral part of the general contractor's management team. Positions also are available in related fields such as materials sales, insurance adjusting, building inspection and equipment sales/rental.

Admission Requirements

Admission to the College of Technology is open to high school graduates who demonstrate academic preparedness, maturity and seriousness of purpose with backgrounds appropriate to their chosen program of studies. Among first-time students in our technical programs, the average high school GPA is 2.8, and the average ACT composite score is 20.

Students entering the Building Construction Technology program must have a high school diploma with a 'C' average or better and be prepared to enroll in all required courses including mathematics and English. An ACT math subscore of 19 or better also is required. Fully prepared students enter the program in the fall semester. Students not fully prepared who complete the preparatory courses during the fall semester may enter the program sequence in the winter semester, following a modified course sequence.

General Education Requirements

All general University General Education requirements can be found here:

Please consult this link for a complete listing of General Education Electives:

Graduation Requirements

The Building Construction Technology program at Ferris leads to an associate in applied science degree. Graduation requires a minimum 2.0 GPA in core classes, in the major and overall. Students must complete all general education requirements as outlined on the General Education website.

More Information

College of Engineering Technology
Ferris State University
1009 Campus Drive
Big Rapids, MI 49307-2280
Phone: (231) 591-2890

Required Courses
Credit Hours

General Education

English 1
Industrial and Career Writing
Intermediate Algebra
Introductory Physics 1


* Cultural Enrichment
* Social Awareness


Wood-Steel Framing and Finish
Mech-Elec Plans and Specs
Field Engineering
Orien to Const Tech - Mgmt
Construction Practices
Plans and Specifications
Construction Graphics
Construction Building Inf Tec
Materials Properties-Testing
Const Surveying-Layout
Const Quantity Estimating
Soils and Foundations
Statics and Structures
Construction Administration
Mech-Elec Systems for Building

Minimum credit hours required for A.A.S. degree: