Building Construction Technology Technical Certificate

For Fall Term 2021, we are offering in-person, hybrid, remote and online courses.  
For more information, view class types

The areas we live are growing at a non-stop pace, and with a growth rate of over 10 percent predicted for the future, a career in construction is a good choice. This technical certificate focuses on fundamental knowledge in the construction field, as well as the skills and aptitudes in building science, construction materials, methods and estimation that are essential to succeed in this field. Students in this program have the option to add additional skill sets to customize their path. This certificate is upward compatible with the A.S. degree, Construction Management.

Related Programs

Getting Started: Fall Term 2021

June 14:  Financial Aid


Aug. 16:  Application


Aug. 23:  Classes Begin

Other Important Dates »

Why Seminole State?

  • Dedicated faculty: Faculty are "scholar-practitioners" with industry experience as well as academic credentials.  
  • Affordable tuition: Seminole State has significantly lower costs than Florida's universities.
  • Industry involvement: Our industry-focused certificate programs offer excellent connections to Central Florida employers.
  • Hands-on experience: Practical, hands-on learning experiences prepare students to apply their knowledge to real-world situations.
  • Continuing education: Many credits earned in certificate programs can be applied toward an Associate in Science (A.S.) or bachelor's degree at Seminole State. 
  • Career advancement: Graduates are prepared for immediate entry into the workforce upon certificate completion.

Additional Information

Building Construction Technology
Type: Technical Certificate
Major Code: BLDCN-CC
CIP: 0615100103
Educational Pathway: BLDCN-CC

Program Description

Available Course Course Not Offered Fall 2021
This course provides a broad overview of the built environment, the architectural, engineering and construction (A/E/C) industry as well as different career paths within the industry. Insight into the processes, the people and the practices involved to bring a building from a concept to reality are presented. An emphasis will be placed on the construction management process and the critical role of the construction manager. Course must be completed with a grade of "C" or higher. Lab fee required.
Studies in construction communication tools will provide an understanding and the interpretation of construction drawing systems to include blueprint reading. Students will develop both free-hand sketching skills for onsite redline drawings utilizing industry software such as Bluebeam and the introduction of basic Computer-aided design (CAD) applications. Lab fee required.
This course offers an in-depth knowledge of the materials and methods employed in building construction. Students are introduced to building science, materials science, codes and standards in the construction industry. Construction techniques are presented as related to sitework and the building envelope. This course covers major construction materials such as soil, concrete, masonry, wood, metal and other finish materials. Course must be completed with a grade of "C" or higher. Lab fee required.
This is an introductory course in project scheduling and planning using bar charts, critical path method (CPM), precedence diagram and linear scheduling methods. Students will develop an understanding of resource leveling, cost loaded schedule, updating, and expediting the schedule on construction projects. Students will work on a semester project to develop activities and sequences involved on a typical construction project. Industry standard software will be introduced in the class to create the various schedules. Course must be completed with a grade of "C" or higher.
This course introduces the fundamentals of estimating process for construction projects. Topics include the work breakdown structure (WBS); extraction of quantities such as area, volume, weight, etc., from construction documents; analysis and determination of direct and indirect costs; the uses of unit cost databases; and types of estimates. Students will simulate preparation of bid proposals on construction projects. Computer-based construction estimating software will be introduced. Course must be completed with a grade of "C" or higher.
This course will introduce students to basic knowledge in building information modeling. Students will learn to create and modify basic building elements, envelope systems and features in a simple 3D digital building model.
In this course students will develop the knowledge and skills involved in the effective use and interpretation of the construction drawings and specifications. Students will learn how to examine a variety of different types of plans included within a standard set of drawings such as, civil, landscape/irrigation, architectural, structural, MEP, fire protection and communications to understand the scope of the project and the means and methods required to construct the project. Basic construction abbreviations, symbols and various scaling will be introduced.
This course is intended to help construction students develop skills and proficiency in using common office applications such as the Microsoft Excel program that is required for computing tasks in other department courses such as estimating, scheduling, financial analysis and project management. Other applications such as BlueBeam for common project administration tasks will be introduced as well.
This course is designed to provide students the opportunity to apply classroom theory to practical, work-related applications and general exposure to various aspects of the construction industry. Students are expected to complete the required 50 internship hours with general contractors, subcontractors, architectural and engineering firms, project owners or material suppliers to be considered a qualified learning experience. Seminars may be a component of this course. Regular contact with the assigned faculty advisor is required. Students shall secure an internship opportunity and/or employer sponsorship prior to seeking departmental approval. This course may be repeated based upon the student's academic plan. Lab fee required.
This introductory course provides need-to-know information for students working in the construction environment. The course identifies safety best practices adopted to reduce or prevent workplace accidents and injuries based on current Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) standards as related to the building construction industry. Other topics introduced include current worker's compensation laws affecting the construction industry, methods available to reduce worker's compensation premiums, identifying the direct impact of long-term injuries, minimizing risk and identifying personal protection equipment (PPE) for safe working conditions. Upon successful completion of OSHA training modules, students will earn an OSHA 10-Hour industry certification. Lab fee required.
The purpose of this course is to help drafting students develop the knowledge, skills and attitudes required to work at an entry-level job in such positions as CAD technician trainee, CAD system operator or CAD technician. This course is designed for students who have already received in-depth training in one or more application areas. Lab fee required.
Total Credits: 18

Your tuition shouldn’t go against your intuition.

Your pursuit of higher education is admirable. So why struggle with high tuition in the process? Here we make life’s next steps affordable. Whether you’re seeking a university transfer (A.A.) degree, a four-year bachelor’s, an Associate in Science degree or even earning a technical certificate, you’ll find reasonable tuition and payment plans that make sense. And to us, that’s scholarly.

Go For Less.


Tuition and Fees

 Technical Certificate12 Credits18 Credits24 Credits28 Credits
Tuition and Fees$1,253$1,879$2,505$2,923
Books and Supplies$1,000$1,ooo$1,000$1,000
Total$2,253$2,879$3,505$3,923

For more information on Seminole State's tuition and fees, please see the 2020-21 fee schedule.

* Tuition costs are based on Fall 2020 and Spring 2021 terms, with an equal number of credit hours per term for in-state students. Lab fees and other fees that may be assessed at the time of registration may be viewed in the College fee schedule. As Seminole State is a commuter college with no residence halls on its campuses, costs for room and board are not calculated.

Contact