Building Construction

From the moment you begin Building Construction coursework at Lawson State, you’ll become proficient in the skills necessary to understand both the physical execution and professional organization of a construction project. You will take classes in Building Construction, where you will learn framing and formwork carpentry, structural systems, practical engineering, basic surveying, and construction management.

Upon completing the Building Construction Program, the successful student will earn:

  • Associate of Applied Science Degree in Building Construction 
  • Short Certificate in Building Construction 

What is the Building Construction Program at Lawson State?

The Building Construction Program prepares graduates to:

  • Supervise, manage, and inspect construction sites and buildings
  • Apply governmental standards and laws to the supervision of construction projects
  • Apply technical knowledge and skills to layout, cut, and install wooden structures
  • Use mathematical and scientific principles to prepare related maps, charts and reports
  • Apply technical knowledge and skills to residential and commercial building construction
  • Apply quantitative and qualitative knowledge and skills to manage construction projects
  • Apply engineering principles to support of contractors engaged in the construction of buildings

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Building Construction students receive instruction in:

  • Basic cartography
  • Basic structural engineering principles
  • Bid strategies
  • Blueprint reading and interpretation
  • Building codes and standards
  • Construction documentation
  • Construction equipment
  • Construction estimating
  • Construction insurance and bonding
  • Construction materials and selection
  • Construction personnel supervision
  • Construction processes and techniques
  • Contracts and procurement
  • Cost and time management
  • Foundations and formwork
  • Interior and exterior finishing
  • Occupational safety and health
  • Plane and geodetic surveying
  • Project planning
  • Resource and cost control
  • Risk management
  • Scheduling
  • Site preparation and layout
  • Specification interpretation
  • Survey equipment operation and maintenance
  • Technical mathematics
  • Wood and steel framing   

What Careers Do Buidling Construction Students Prepare For?

CONSTRUTION MANAGERS – Construction managers plan, direct, and coordinate activities concerned with the construction of buildings, structures, facilities, and systems. Construction managers also supervise the organization, scheduling, budgeting, and implementation of a construction project.

BUILDING INSPECTORS – Building inspectors examine building structures using engineering skills to determine structural soundness and compliance with specifications and building codes.

COST ESTIMATORS – Cost estimators prepare cost estimates for construction projects and support in bidding on and determining the price of new construction and remodeling projects.

SURVEYORS – Surveyors make exact measurements, determine property boundaries and provide data relevant to the shape, contour, elevation, or dimension of land and land features on the earth's surface for engineering and construction.

SURVEYING TECHNICIANS – Surveying technicians adjust and operate surveying instruments and compile notes, make sketches and process data used by surveyors for map-making, engineering and construction.

FIRST LINE SUPERVISORS – First line supervisors directly manage and coordinate activities of construction or extraction workers.

CONSTRUCTION CARPENTERS – Construction carpenters construct, install, and repair structures made of wood, plywood, and steel.

ROUGH CARPENTERS – Rough carpenters build concrete forms, scaffolds, tunnel, bridge, or sewer supports, and temporary frame shelters, according to construction plans and specifications.

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