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Construction is a huge industry with a wide variety of career options, great earnings potential, and a solid future for years to come.

Why choose Building Construction Technology at PCC?

Salary

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

Because we have options! Our program has been training men and women for over 40 years for a range of careers in the construction industry. Come join us and get on the path toward becoming a skilled professional.

Building Construction Technology (BCT) is the only program of its kind in the Portland area offered by an accredited institution with three unique areas of study and these degree options:

  • Hands-On Building Construction Technology
  • Construction Management
  • Design/Build Remodeling
Up-to-date instruction

Female student measuring a piece of wood at a job siteEvery BCT instructor has been or still is a practicing professional in the construction industry. BCT Faculty and Staff strive to keep our program current introducing students to the latest technologies and methodologies. Sustainable construction practices are integrated into every course. The curriculum is continually being updated. Our diverse student body of men and women reflects the dynamics of our surrounding community.

Strong earnings and employment potential

Whether you want to become a hands-on carpenter, a kitchen and bath remodeler, or an assistant superintendent or project manager, our programs provide the solid foundation every individual needs to build a well-earning career in construction. You can get a job. We can help you build a career.

Industry support

Our Industry Advisory Board is comprised of active professionals from companies like Andersen, Skanska, Olson, and Jones, LMC, iLevel, and McCarthy. Their critical insight and experience keep our curriculum focused and relevant. Learn more about our industry supporters and education partners.

Nathan Young, Owner, MODSPDX and Nathan D Young Construction

Nathan has been an Industry Advisory Board member for over a dozen years, and in addition to being a leader in the high-performance building industry in Portland, he still finds time to guest lecture in BCT classes. Check out the amazing work Nathan is doing on his website.

Greg Olson, Owner, Olson, and Jones

After graduating from Benson Tech, Greg bought a saw and opened a business. He hasn’t looked back, remodeling some of the most meticulously crafted homes in Portland. He does give back, however. Greg is one of our biggest supporters, serving on our Industry Advisory Board, Guest Lecturing, and even teaching a class when called upon to serve. You can see Greg’s work on his website.

Scott Work, Senior Accounts Manager, ATG

Scott became involved with BCT when he was a Project Manager with Skanska and has maintained his support for years. He recently guest lectured in our BCT 225 course in the Spring of 2017.

Miguel Lopez, Project Manager, JE Dunn

Miguel attended PCC, and he has been guest lecturing in our classes since 2008. He was a Project Engineer on the PCC Willow Creek building and has hosted numerous project tours over the years. Miguel, and all of our partners, appreciate that each student is an individual with their own set of skills and experiences. His commitment to our programs helps make our programs stronger and enhances the experience every student has here at Rock Creek.

Learn more about the program on our overview page, our student groups page, or view our student profiles.

Degrees and certificates

PCC offers many options to meet your goals: short-term certificates, two-year degrees, and university transfer options.

Degrees and certificates by number of terms to complete
Award Length Financial aid eligible Currently accepting students?
Associate Degree: Building Construction Technology2 years
Associate Degree: Construction Management2 years
Associate Degree: Design and Build Remodeling2 years
Certificate: Building Construction TechnologyLess than 1 year

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What will you learn?

Hands-On Building Construction Technology

The best hands-on training in Oregon also delivers a degree: our associate degree in Building Construction Technology combines realistic training with excellent classroom instruction in the latest materials, methods, and sustainable building practices. Click on the link in the table below for more information.

Construction Management

The curriculum is designed to provide detailed instruction in commercial construction practices and is taught from the perspective of the general contractor.

Design/Build Remodeling

The only program of its kind in the US: our Design/Build Remodeling degree prepares you in designing, managing, and constructing kitchen and bathroom renovations. Our program has strong affiliations with local contractors and national associations including the Associated General Contractors (AGC) and the National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA). Click on the link in the table below for more information.

What will you do?

Student using a table saw

Whether you want to become a hands-on carpenter, a kitchen and bath remodeler, or an assistant superintendent or project manager, our programs provide the solid foundation every individual needs to build a career in construction. You can get a job. We can help you build a career.

Who will hire you?

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
  • Oregon Remodelers Association
  • National Kitchen and Bath Association
  • Home Builders Association

Next steps

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