Portland Community College | Portland, Oregon

Careers in Building Construction Technology

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Graduates of the Building Construction program may go into business for themselves or may seek employment in the construction industry for rough and finish carpentry in new construction and remodeling, cabinetmaking, estimating, and building maintenance. Graduates of the Construction Management program may pursue entry-level management and supervisory positions in residential and commercial construction.

What will I do on the job?

Depending on which certificate option is chosen, graduates of the program will be expected to employ a combination of skills on the job; the fundamental skills include mathematics, writing, and communication skills, as well as teamwork.

What skills will I use on the job?

In general, graduates will be expected to employ technical skills from their chosen discipline, such as general carpentry and framing for construction technology; project management and blueprint interpretation for construction management; and remodeling and design for the design/build remodel option. These are only a few of the skills needed.

Who will hire me?

A variety of companies seek our building construction technology graduates. We suggest you find work from companies affiliated with trade organizations such as the Associated General Contractors, The Oregon Remodelers Association, The National Kitchen and Bath Association, and the Home Builders Association.

How much can I earn?

Yearly salaries range from $28,000 to $80,000 depending on certificates, licenses and experience.