The Construction Technology program is designed to provide basic knowledge of the construction industry and develop technical skills within the trade. Classroom instruction prepares students for an apprenticeship in one of the many areas within the construction realm, ranging from carpentry and masonry to plumbing and green technologies. The program relies on hands-on activities supported by visual presentations to assist the student with workplace preparation. Throughout the course of this program, students will study building codes; use math to understand and work with blueprints; and learn techniques to manage people and responsibilities at the work site. The information and techniques presented by this program illustrate practices that are generally accepted throughout the United States. Typically, these practices are taught to all entry-level apprentices. Therefore, mastery of these skills should be the goal of every student participating in the Construction Technology program.
Many graduates have launched careers in construction and carpentry with local employment in housing-related industries. Areas of employment include, but are not limited to: vinyl and cedar siding installation, sheetrock, door and window replacement, framing, home renovations, and kitchen/bathroom remodeling. With experience and skill, this work offers a good foundation for management positions or as a precursor to becoming an independent contractor. Some graduates also join the union-sponsored carpentry apprenticeship program, which enables them to work on commercial projects at higher wages. Others may elect to continue their education and study architecture or civil and structural engineering at the college level.
- The Construction Technology program was developed and endorsed by the New Jersey Carpenters’ Union and the Builders League of South Jersey
- Students can build full-scale sheds and other structures that are sold to the public
- Students prepare to work in construction, carpentry, home improvement and remodeling