Online Construction Technology Degree Program | Penn Foster College

Online Construction Technology Degree

Why Penn Foster College?

  • Nationally Accredited
  • Self-Paced
  • Supportive
  • Low monthly payments

Program Overview

At Penn Foster College, you can earn your associate degree in Construction Technology specializing in residential and light commercial construction. Your courses include Introduction to Construction Technology, Introduction to Technical Drawings, Construction Materials and Methods, Basic Surveying and Measurement, and much more. And as part of the program, you'll have access to a three-year student version of AutoCAD® from Autodesk.®

In this online degree program, you can learn theory and knowledge in areas that provide the technical and managerial expertise in Construction Technology.

Associate Degrees from Penn Foster College are awarded under licensing from the Arizona State Board for Private Postsecondary Education.

Curriculum Details

Program Goal and Outcomes

Program Goal

The overall program goal for the A.S. in Construction Technology Degree is to prepare students to enter positions in residential and light commercial construction, applying the learned technical and managerial expertise that will allow for future advancement.

Program Outcomes

Upon completion of the program, students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate effective written and interpersonal communication skills
  • Demonstrate a high level of inquiry, analytical, and problem-solving skills
  • Demonstrate effective quantitative skills
  • Demonstate proficient computer and information literacy skills
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the liberal arts, natural sciences, and social sciences
  • Recognize appropriate techniques for administering and evaluating construction contracts, documents, and codes
  • Estimate costs and quantities, and determine how to evaluate materials for construction projects
  • Demonstrate the methods of surveying measurements and perform calculations to determine the strength of various construction materials
  • Develop and interpret various types of engineering drawings used in the construction field, including computer-aided design (CAD)
  • Describe types of materials and management and building practices used in the construction industry
  • Interpret and identify nationally accepted code requirements and industry standards necessary for application of construction materials

Semester 1

Basic Skills Assessment

All degree applicants are required to complete two Basic Skills Assessments, one in reading and one in math, to determine the level of readiness for beginning their selected program. Additional studies may be required.

Met100 Orientation to Engineering Technology 1 credit

Succeed by learning how to use your Penn Foster program, and learn the basics of engineering technology.

Objectives:

  • Understand how to use your Student Portal, including your My Homepage and My Courses pages.
  • Access the Penn Foster Community and use it to find answers.
  • Connect with Penn Foster on various social media sites.
  • Use a scientific calculator.
  • Learn about the development of engineering and engineering technology.
  • Understand technical mathematics.
MAT100 Foundation Skills in Math 3 credits

Objectives:

  • Learn the basic math skills you’ll need to succeed in your program.
  • Practice math functions using real-life examples.
  • Use the metric system and formulas.
ENG101 Foundation Skills in Writing 3 credits

Objectives:

  • Review basic grammar.
  • Use action verbs.
  • Learn how to construct paragraphs.
CSC108 Essential Computer Skills 3 credits

Objectives:

  • Study the basics of computers and the Internet.
  • Manage files and digital electronics.
  • Use basic functions of Windows® and word processing.
  • Search the Internet successfully using helpful techniques and shortcuts.
EST100 Introduction to Technical Drawings 3 credits

Objectives:

  • Read and interpret technical drawings.
  • Interpret symbols and abbreviations.
  • Apply dimensioning and tolerancing to actual print reading.
  • Get an overview of computer-aided drawing and its role in modern technology.
SCI167 Physical Science 3 credits

Objectives:

  • Define the physical universe as you know it.
  • Get the foundation you need to understand chemistry, physics, and earth and space sciences.
Proctored Exam

You will be required to complete a proctored exam on selected courses each semester. These assessments will evaluate the knowledge and skills that you learned during the semester. You choose the time, the location, and the qualified exam supervisor.

Semester 2

BCT110 Introduction to Construction Technology 3 credits

Objectives:

  • Learn management and building practices used in the construction industry.
  • Plan and excavate sites.
  • Study methods that apply to foundations, steel and wood frames, concrete, and masonry.
  • Discover the challenges that construction managers face while scheduling, controlling costs, improving productivity, and maintaining a safe construction site.
MET202 Drafting with AutoCAD® 3 credits

Objectives:

  • Draft using AutoCAD.®
  • Learn computer-aided drafting and design systems.
  • Use AutoCAD® menus and features.
  • Create files and entities.
  • Organize and annotate drawings.
  • Modify displays.
ENG121 Business and Technical Writing 3 credits

Learn how to write business and technical documents.

Objectives:

  • Organize your material logically and systematically.
  • Use action verbs effectively and construct paragraphs.
  • Conduct research and document sources.
MAT115 Intermediate Algebra 3 credits

This course introduces basic algebraic concepts that you'll need to be successful in your career.

Objectives:

  • Understand the systems of equations, polynomials, and radicals.
  • Factor polynomial expressions.
  • Simplify rational expressions.
BCT125 Construction Materials and Methods 3 credits

Objectives:

  • Gain a comparative knowledge of material properties and applications in construction.
  • Identify materials used in construction and the fundamental principles of structural, physical and long-term performance.
  • Study product manufacturing techniques and common construction methods.
Proctored Exam

You will be required to complete a proctored exam on selected courses each semester. These assessments will evaluate the knowledge and skills that you learned during the semester. You choose the time, the location, and the qualified exam supervisor.

Semester 3

MAT222 Precalculus 3 credits

Objectives:

  • Learn about exponential and logarithmic functions.
  • Understand trigonometric functions and analytical trigonometry.
  • Explore systems of equations.
  • Read about inequalities.
BCT210 Statics/Strengths of Construction Materials 3 credits

Objectives:

  • Learn the basic principles of vector analysis, equilibrium of force systems, friction, sectional properties, stress/strain, and deformation as they apply to construction materials.
  • Discover the support characteristics of trusses, frames, beams, columns, connections, and combined stresses.
  • Analyze the integrity of simple structures.
BCT240 Basic Surveying and Measurement 3 credits

Objectives:

  • Learn basic principles of surveying including leveling, angle measurement, bearings and azimuths, traversing, topographic mapping, and areas and volumes.
  • Survey using the traditional and GNSS (Global Navigational Satellite System) methods.
Social Science Elective (Choose two) 6 credits

SSC105 - World Civilizations

This course will allow you to understand the importance of studying history as it relates to the individual and society as a whole.

Objectives:

  • Discuss the major events of the sixteenth through twentieth centuries.
  • Explain the consequences of events and the trends that they cause.

 

SSC125 - Introduction to Sociology

This course is designed to introduce you to social structure and social interaction through groups, networks, and organizations. Study politics, the economy, population, social movements, technology, and social change.

Objectives:

  • Describe deviance, crime, and social control.
  • Discuss the effects of stratification, racial and ethnic inequality, sex, gender, and sexuality.
  • Examine the role of health, family, education, and religion in human behavior.

 

SSC130 - Essentials of Psychology

This course will introduce you to the relationship between biology and behavior. You will learn about human development throughout the life span.

Objectives:

  • Identify major psychological theories.
  • Discuss consciousness, memory, thought, and language.
  • Define intelligence, personality, and stress.
  • Analyze the role of gender in psychology.
  • Explain how community influences behavior.
EST215 AutoCAD® Applications — Construction 3 credits

Objectives:

  • Learn two-dimensional and three-dimensional Computer-Aided Design (CAD) focused on construction applications.
  • Use AutoCAD® in hands-on exercises, assignments, and projects.
Proctored Exam

You will be required to complete a proctored exam on selected courses each semester. These assessments will evaluate the knowledge and skills that you learned during the semester. You choose the time, the location, and the qualified exam supervisor.

Semester 4

Technical Electives (Choose two) 6 credits

BCT160-Architectural Drawing

Objectives:

  • Master the basic drafting skills required for the development of a set of architectural drawings.
  • Learn line technique, lettering, dimensioning, and symbols and how these concepts apply to drawings for construction.
  • View site plans.
  • Discover foundations, walls, wall sections, floors, roof design, stairs, elevations, sections, and construction details.

 

BCT220-Building Systems

Objectives:

  • Study technical information related to the mechanical and electrical systems used in various types of buildings.
  • Learn the design, installation, and operation of building systems, including HVAC and plumbing.

 

BCT250-Codes and Specifications

Objectives:

  • Learn the essentials of construction specifications and how they relate to national, state, and local building codes.
  • Get in-depth coverage of job safety and OSHA regulations.

 

BCT280-Architectural Design

Objectives:

  • Master the basic fundamentals of architectural design.
  • Learn proportion, relationship of masses, figure, ground, shades, color and symmetry with emphasis on the physical properties of architectural design.

 

BCT260-Construction Estimating

Objectives:

  • Estimate equipment unit pricing and unit-price cost.
  • Examine bidding strategies, worker and equipment productivity, and value engineering.

 

BCT275-Construction Planning and Control

Objectives:

  • Review and analyze requirements and preparation of construction planning and scheduling.
  • Discover software for scheduling and planning.

 

BCT255-Green Building Practices

Objectives:

  • Learn building techniques and practices that reduce the consumption of traditional fossil fuels and energy sources.
  • Focus on improved insulation practices and materials.
  • Understand alternative energy adaptations for residential and small commercial buildings.
Arts and Humanities Elective (Choose two) 6 credits

HUM102- Art Appreciation

This course will provide you with the foundational knowledge needed to critique a variety of artwork.

Objectives:

  • Understand artistic media.
  • Identify historical periods and artistic movements.
  • Explain the roles of the artist and the viewer.

HUM104-Music Appreciation

This course will allow you to understand and appreciate the art of music.

Objectives:

  • Explain the roles of the composer and the listener.
  • Describe music theory, instrumentation, and historical periods.
  • Distinguish various styles of music.

ENG115-Introduction to Literature

This course will allow you to develop your critical thinking skills and broaden your knowledge of literature.

Objectives:

  • Identify themes and forms of literature.
  • Define the main genres of literature--poetry, fiction, and drama.
BCT290 Resident Laboratory Training

You’ll be required to complete a series of comprehensive practical experiments using various measuring instruments. Experiments are designed to provide familiarization with instrumentation, equipment, preparation of data, and laboratory reporting techniques. You may earn credit for this by completing the course at an approved school or by submitting a life/work experience portfolio demonstrating completion of similar skills to those emphasized in the laboratory training.

Proctored Exam

You will be required to complete a proctored exam on selected courses each semester. These assessments will evaluate the knowledge and skills that you learned during the semester. You choose the time, the location, and the qualified exam supervisor.


Computer Specifications
You will need high-speed internet access to begin your program. You will need access to a Microsoft® Windows® based computer running Windows® 7 or later or an Apple® Mac® computer running OS X® or later, Microsoft® Office 2013, and an email account to complete your program with Penn Foster.

Graduation Requirements

  • Complete all 4 semesters.
  • Pass all courses.
  • Achieve a cumulative Quality Point Average (QPA) of 2.0 or higher.

NOTE: Advanced standing student shipments may vary from the above schedule.
Although this outline covers all four semesters of your program, you receive lesson materials for each semester as you enroll.
We reserve the right to change program content and materials when it becomes necessary.
Credits earned in Penn Foster programs may transfer to some, but not all, learning institutions. If you are planning to continue your education with another school after you earn your degree from Penn Foster, you should check with that school regarding credit transfer policies.
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Sample Lesson

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Construction Technology Program Details

In the Penn Foster Construction Technology online degree program you'll cover topics such as:

Resident Lab Requirement

As a student in the Construction Technology online degree program, you’ll be required to complete a three-credit resident lab course in the fourth semester. The Pennsylvania State University in Harrisburg offers a course annually in the spring that meets the requirements for this lab. All registrations are handled by Penn State University. You may receive transfer credit for this resident lab course from another institution, providing the coursework matches the criteria set by Penn Foster College. You may qualify to receive credit for this lab by submitting a life/work experience portfolio showing that you acquired similar skills to those emphasized in the laboratory training.

Online Construction Technology Degree

The Construction Technology Program can help students take the first step toward a career in residential and light commercial construction. Here are a few qualities that effective construction managers have in common:

  • Detail oriented: It’s important to have a sharp eye and check things twice.
  • Careful: Being cautious helps prevent accidents or injury.
  • Honest: Constructing buildings for others requires integrity and a good sense of ethics.
  • Persistent: Your job requires focus and determination in the face of obstacles.

After earning my degree I received a pay increase and a promotion to a supervisor position. The instructors are superb, helpful, and are there with you every step of the way. Also, the student services representatives are courteous and understanding; they are there to answer any questions you may have. After each assignment I completed, the staff of Penn Foster always had encouraging statements that helped me to stay on course. Congrats to Penn Foster College on being the best and bringing the best out of me.

- Shawn C., Penn Foster College Graduate

Having a degree will increase my chances of being put at the top of the promotion list. I suggest Penn Foster programs all of the time to my coworkers. I am in the military, and Penn Foster is a very military-friendly school. I got all of my materials shipped to me while I was overseas for deployment.

- Amy G., Penn Foster College Graduate

I enjoyed very much the ability to become part of the Penn Foster group. The instructors were extremely helpful and kind. They were always there when I needed help or just plain needed advice.

- Ashley L., Penn Foster College Graduate

Your program includes:

  • Customized payment plans with 0% interest
  • Learning aids such as a 3-year student version of AutoCAD® from Autodesk®
  • Study Planner App to customize your study plans and keep track of your progress
  • Instructional support from our experienced faculty
  • Access 24/7 to Penn Foster’s online community, plus immediate membership in the Construction Technology academic group
  • Your personalized online student homepage and learning portal
  • Additional resources such as our online library and career guidance from Career Cruising

What is a resident lab?

Students enrolled in the Construction Technology Associate Degree Program are required to complete a 3-credit resident lab course. This is a two-week resident laboratory training at the Pennsylvania State University Harrisburg Campus in Middletown, Pennsylvania. However, you may be able to take this training at a college or university near your home. Additionally, you may be exempt from having to complete the resident lab if you have previous experience in your field of study. At your request, Penn Foster College will conduct a review of life/work experience to determine if you are exempt. Your advisor will work closely with you to coordinate this part of your degree program, which will occur in Semester 4.

Will my Penn Foster College credits transfer to other schools?

Penn Foster College credits have been accepted for transfer into colleges across the country. Students should check with a specific college to see if they accept our credits, as credit transfer can vary depending on the school. Also, the American Council on Education's College Credit Recommendation Service (ACE CREDIT) has evaluated and recommended college credit for many Penn Foster College courses. No form of accreditation guarantees that any learning institution will accept credits from any school as transfer credits. For more information on transferring credits, click here.

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