Building Construction & Cabinetmaking Technology

Associate Degree

Program Overview

The Building Construction program covers site work and framing procedures for floors, walls, rafters, dormers, and stair systems. Cabinetmaking Construction includes the study of machinery and tools, wood as a material, and cabinetmaking joints and assembly. Computer-assisted drafting (CAD), print reading, and manual and computer-aided estimating are part of both programs.

Career Possibilities

  • Carpenter
  • General Contractor
  • Remodeling Contractor

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Associate in Science Degree

The associate in science degree program in Building Construction Technology has two tracks:  Building Construction and Cabinetmaking and Building Construction and Design, and is designed cover topics in the residential, commercial building, cabinetmaking, and design trades. It also focuses on the role of computers in the estimating, design, and manufacturing components of the industry.

Construction topics include site work and framing procedures for floors, walls, rafters, dormers, and stair systems. Interior installation treatments include drywall installation, taping, and spackling; finished openings, casing, baseboard and molding. The applicable building codes are viewed extensively. Methods of sizing all components are stressed, as are the design considerations mandated by the code. Students who successfully complete the OSHA class receive an OSHA10 card.  Students who successfully complete the Lead Abatement class are eligible to sit for the Rhode Island lead abatement exam.

The construction and cabinetmaking components of the program include manual and computer-assisted drafting (CAD), print reading, and manual and computer-aided estimating. The use of computers is emphasized to make students better prepared for these fast-paced industries. 

Internships are available as options in the curriculum.  It is the responsibility of the student to secure the internship site.

Building Construction and Cabinetmaking (BCM)

The cabinetmaking component includes the study of machinery and tools, wood as a material, cabinetmaking joints and assembly. Cabinets are built and completed in the lab. The cabinetmaking portion also includes the set-up, programming, and operation of a Computerized Numerical Control (CNC) router. After completing some prerequisites*, graduates of this program are eligible to continue on for a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Management.

Building Construction and Design (BCD)

The design program combines elements of Building Construction and Architectural Engineering. Graduates of the Building Construction and Design curriculum are eligible to enter the Bachelor of Science Degree program in Construction Management (CMT).

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Associate in Science Degree

Program Mission, Goals and Outcomes

Program Mission
The mission of the Building Construction Technology Program (BCD and BCM) is to provide an Associate Degree program to prepare students in all facets of the residential, and some facets of the commercial building trade, as well as all aspects of the cabinetmaking and design trade. The program also focuses on the role of computers in the estimating, designing, and manufacturing components of the industry.

Program Goals

Building Construction and Cabinetmaking

  1. The BCM program gives students an entry-level knowledge of both building construction and cabinetmaking.
  2. The BCM program will prepare students in the appropriate use of machinery and tools, wood as a material, basic cabinetmaking joints and assemblies.
  3. The BCM program will prepare students to estimate, perform site preparations, basic stair, roof, sill, joist, wall layouts; and complete interior finishes.

Building Construction and Design

  1. The BCD program gives students an entry-level knowledge of building construction and design
  2. The BCD program will prepare students in the appropriate use of machinery and tools and wood as a material.
  3. The BCD program will prepare students to estimate, perform site preparations, stair, roof, sill, joist, wall layouts; and complete interior finishes.
  4. Students may also participate in off-campus internships to gain industry experience and develop speed in construction applications.
  5. The BCD program will prepare students to enter the Bachelor’s program in Construction Management with all of the necessary ABT pre-requisites for the Bachelor of Science in Construction Management.
  6. The program will prepare students with an understanding of the basic concepts of a building’s structural system and operating systems.

Program Outcomes

Graduates in Building Construction and Cabinetmaking will be able to:

  1. Successfully frame a house including wall construction, headers, center beams, floor and ceiling joists, stairs and common rafters.
  2. Successfully use computer estimating to develop a detailed construction cost estimate from a blueprint or specifications.
  3. Successfully complete projects using routers and templates, veneering, frame, panel construction, radius work, compound angles and dovetails.
  4. Optionally, graduates may also select courses that will enable them to:
  5. Successfully set-up, program, and operate a Computerized Numerical Control (CNC) router.
  6. Successfully identify the appropriate use of HVLP and HP spray techniques, differentiate between lacquer and water-based products, as well as explain mixing proportions and colors and the variety of clear finishes.

Graduates of this program with a Degree in Building Construction and Design will be able to:

  1. Successfully frame a house including wall construction, headers, center beams, floor and ceiling joists, stairs and common rafters.
  2. Successfully explain a building’s structural system as well as understand the primary concept of strength of materials.
  3. Successfully use computer estimating to develop a detailed construction cost estimate from a blueprint or specifications.
  4. Successfully use architectural drafting and graphic communications techniques for both two- and three-dimensional exercises.
  5. Successfully operate surveying equipment and techniques in leveling, completing horizontal and vertical measurements, angles and construction layout.
  6. Explain typical plumbing, heating, air conditioning, lighting and electrical systems in buildings.

Associate in Science Degree

Core Curriculum

  • •CR 114 Technical Fundamentals of Building Construction
  • •CR 116 Tool and Site Work Lab
  • •CR 117 Introduction to Blueprint Reading
  • •MGM 102 Word Processing
  • •CR 122 House Framing I
  • •CR 121 House Framing I Lab
  • •CR 124 Construction and Safety Practices and OSHA
  • •CR 126 Introduction to Building Codes

Building Construction and Cabinetmaking Concentration (BCM)

  • •CR 209 Introduction to CAD for Construction
  • •BU 236 Small Business and the Law
  • •CR 133 House Framing I and CR 134 House Framing II Lab - or choose OR CR 222 Introduction to Computerized Numerical Control (CNC) Programming and CR 223 Introduction to Computerized Numerical Control (CNC) Lab and CR 236 Introduction to Finishing and Spraying
  • •CR 212 Cabinetmaking I
  • •CR 213 Cabinetmaking I Lab
  • •CR 136 Introduction to Computer Estimating
  • •CR 217 Professional Seminar
  • •CR 230 Cabinetmaking II
  • •CR 231 Cabinetmaking II Lab
  • •CR 250 Internship - or - CR 210 Lead-Safe Remodeler/Renovator Training
  • •CR 226 Sustainable Design and Construction Methods, ABT 138 Surveying & Civil Technology, CR 242 Kitchen & Bath Design and Installation, CR 243 Kitchen & Bath Design and Installation Lab OR MGM 105 Effective Teams and Projects, CR 237 Cabinetmaking III, CR 238 Cabinetmaking III Lab
  • •ABT 137 Introduction to Environment Systems OR CR 254 Internship II

Building Construction and Design Concentration (BCD)

  • •CR 131 House Framing II
  • •CR 132 House Framing II Lab
  • •CR 209 Introduction to CAD for Construction
  • •CR 136 Introduction to Computer Estimating
  • •CR 217 Professional Seminar
  • •CR 226 Sustainable Design and Construction Methods
  • •CR 242 Kitchen & Bath Design and Installation
  • •CR 243 Kitchen & Bath Design and Installation Lab
  • •ABT 138 Surveying & Civil Technology
  • •CR 210 Lead-Safe Remodeler/Renovator Training
  • •MCT 215 Statics
  • •ABT 124 Construction Methods and Materials OR CR 250 Internship
  • •ABT 137 Introduction to Environment Systems
  • •MCT 224 Mechanics of Materials
  • •CR 254 Internship OR ABT 112 Technical Drafting and Graphic Communication
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