Building Technology

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Program Description

The Building Technology Program is divided into two specialized areas of residential and commercial systems.  Both programs prepare students to properly and safely operate hand and power tools used in the industry. Students gain basic and advanced skills and essential worker traits needed to gain employment in the construction industry. To be eligible for a Career Work Experience, a student must maintain a class grade point average of 80 or better.

Curriculum Components

Class is modeled on a design studio, using client projects and assignments to teach curriculum.

Building Residential

Construction safety & hand/power tool qualification
Blue print reading & building codes
Site layout & excavation
Foundations & concrete
Framing floors, walls, roofs-including rafter layout
Wood as a building material
Construction fasteners & adhesives
Construction industry practical math/estimating
Roofing, siding, drywall, hardwood flooring & tile
Kitchen cabinet installation & interior trim
Door & window installation
Energy efficiency in home building
Green building

Building Systems

Plumbing / HVAC
Timber framing/Historical Preservation
Excavation/Site layout
Cabinet making/Woodshop machines

High School Credits:  One math, one science, plus 4 elective credits.

Dual Enrollment:  Building Technology is an Associated General Contractor certified program.  Students who graduate from the program with a grade point average of 85 or higher are eligible for acceptance into Vermont Technical College’s Construction Practices and Management Associate Degree Program and may receive up to five credits toward their degree at VTC.  Students demonstrating advanced skills are eligible for various apprenticeship programs offered through this program.  Some students may enroll in licensed apprenticeship courses of study for electricians and plumbers accredited through the Vermont Department of Labor.  All students at the Center for Technology, Essex may seek eligibility for enrollment at a variety of college level courses offered through Champlain College, University of Vermont and the Community College of Vermont.  Each course provides students an opportunity to earn three college credits – many of which are accepted by other colleges and universities.  Motivated students who take advantage of these advanced placement programs can acquire a full semester toward their college degree.

Career Experiences:  Work-based learning, school-to-work cooperative opportunities and apprenticeship.

What’s Next:  Professional certifications/credentials available

Students completing this program who are interested in pursuing a career in a related field may enter the workforce or pursue postsecondary education and training


Certifications –  Residential

                      Certifications – Systems
SP2, Safety & Pollution training OSHA-30
CPR & First Aid Hilti, Power Actuated Tool, Qualified Operator
SP2, Safety & Pollution training
AGC, Fall Protection, Confined Space, Focus Four & Construction Industry Performance
Essex Rescue, CPR & First Aid