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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, industrial, or residential structures. Coursework emphasizes quantity estimating, field layout and hands-on laboratory courses. Construction 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 program-specific courses in plans and specifications interpretation; materials testing; quantity estimating; computer applications including three-dimensional modeling; virtual design and construction; framing; mechanical and electrical systems; soils; surveying, administration; and construction practices. 

Graduates of the Associate's degree program may choose employment in the construction industry or may continue their education and obtain a Bachelor of Science in Construction Management through our ACCE-accredited program.  

Career Opportunities

The construction industry is the second largest contributor to the gross domestic product in the United States and it offers job opportunities in the commercial, industrial, highways, and residential sectors.  The construction of a modern building is a complex endeavor requiring the efforts of a wide range of professional, technical and skilled personnel. 

Technicians know how to lay out a building, prepare project quantity estimates, read blueprints and specifications, formulate material orders, coordinate project documents and the subcontractors, and extract information form multi-dimensional models.

Graduates of the Building Construction Technology program have the necessary skills to serve as an integral part of the construction management team. Positions also are available in related fields such as materials sales, insurance adjustment, building inspection and equipment sales/rental. Employment opportunities in the construction industry are strong and steady with projected growth continuing. 

Admission Requirements

Admission to the College of Engineering 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 (SAT 16 Total of approximately 1030).  Students close to the averages are encouraged to apply and will be reviewed on an individual basis.

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 24 or SAT 16 math subscore of 580 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 University General Education requirements for an Associate’s degree is here

Please consult this link for a complete listing of General Education Electives. Consult the Required Course above or program advisor for program specific General Education requirements.

Graduation Requirements

The Building Construction Technology program at Ferris leads to an Associate's in Applied Science degree.  To graduate, students must:

  • maintain a 2.00 cumulative FSU GPA
  • have 32 credits of the BCTM and CONM courses taken at Ferris State University in order to qualify for the Associate’s degree
  • 3 of the 4 BCTM courses must be taken at Ferris State University in order to qualify for the Associate’s degree 
  • complete all general education requirements as outlined on the General Education Website
  • have a minimum of 60 total credits to complete an Associate's degree.

More Information

Construction Technology & Management Programs
605 S. Warren Avenue 
Big Rapids, MI 49307-2280
Phone: (231) 591-3773


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

Required Courses
Credit Hours

Building Construction Technology Major - 63-64 Credits

Wood & Steel Framing & Finish
BCTM 217
BCTM 235
Orien to Const Tech - Mgmt
Construction Practices
Plans and Specifications
Construction Graphics
Construction Building Inf Tec
Materials Properties-Testing
Const Surveying-Layout
Construction Estimating I
Soils and Foundations
Statics and Structures
Construction Administration
Mech-Elec Systems for Building