Building Construction & Cabinetmaking Technology

Associates degree in building construction and cabinet making at New England Tech

Associate in Science Degree

The Associate in Science Degree program in Building Construction Technology is designed to include all facets of the residential, and some facets of the commercial building trade, as well as aspects of the cabinetmaking and design trade. It also focuses on the role of computers in the estimating, design, and manufacturing components of the industry.

The program has two tracks: Building Construction and Cabinetmaking, and Building Construction and Design.

Building Construction and Cabinetmaking 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 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. The construction and cabinetmaking portions of the course 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 this growing, fast paced industry.
 

Externships are available options in the curriculum. It is the responsibility of the student to secure the externship site.
 

Building Construction and Design 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 abatementexam.
 

The construction portions of the course 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 this growing, fast paced industry.
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’s program in Construction Management Technology.

 

Externships are available options in the curriculum. It is the responsibility of the student to secure the externship site.
 

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Program Mission, Goals and Outcomes

 

Program Mission:
The mission of the Building Construction and Cabinetmaking Technology Program (BCC) 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 trade. The program also focuses on the role of computers in the estimating, designing, and manufacturing components of the industry. After the first three quarters, students can choose one of four areas of concentration.

Program Goals - Dual Concentration in Building Construction and Cabinetmaking:

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

Program Goals - Concentration in Cabinetmaking:
In addition to the dual concentration:

1. The BCC program with a concentration in Cabinetmaking will prepare students in the advanced use of machinery, jigs, and Computerized Numerical Control (CNC) equipment, as well as finishing techniques and processes.
2. Students will also participate in off-campus externships to gain industry experience and develop speed in the production processes.

Program Goals – Concentration in Construction:
In addition to the dual concentration:

1. The BCC program with a concentration in Building Construction will prepare students to calculate and layout more advanced roof and stair applications. They will further hone their skills in estimating and design.
2. Students will also participate in off-campus externships to gain industry experience and develop speed in construction applications.

Program Goals – Concentration in Building Construction and Architectural Engineering:
In addition to the Concentration in Construction:

1. The BCC program with a concentration in Building Construction and Construction Management 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.
2. The program will prepare students with an understanding of the basic concepts of a building’s structural system and operating systems.

Program Outcomes:
Graduates of this program with a concentration in Building Construction will be able to:
1. Successfully complete site preparation and framing procedures for floors, walls, rafters, dormers, and stair systems.
2. Successfully complete interior installation treatments for drywalls, taping, and spackling.
3. Successfully complete finished openings, casing, baseboard and molding.
4. Implement all applicable codes as appropriate.
5. Implement various methods of sizing all components as appropriate to the code.

Graduates of this program with a concentration in Cabinetmaking will be able to:
1. Successfully use machinery and tools and wood as a material.
2. Successfully complete projects using routers and templates, veneering, frame, panel construction, radius work, compound angles and dovetails.
3. Successfully assemble various cabinet components.
4. Successfully set-up, program, and operate a Computerized Numerical Control (CNC) router.

Graduates of this program with a dual concentration in 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 set-up, program, and operate a Computerized Numerical Control (CNC) router.
4. Successfully complete projects using routers and templates, veneering, frame, panel construction, radius work, compound angles and dovetails.
5. 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 concentration in Building Construction and Architectural Engineering 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.

 

Building Construction Technology

Courses Offered

  • CR 112  Technical Fundamentals of Building Construction
  • CR 113 Tool and Site Work Lab
  • CR 117 Introduction to Blueprint Reading
  • MGT 120 Word Processing
  • CR 122 House Framing I
  • CR 123 House Framing I Lab
  • CR 124 Construction and Safey Practices and OSHA
  • CR 125 Introduction of Building Codes

Building Construction and Cabinetmaking Concentration

  • CR 216 Introduction to Computer-Aided Design (CAD)
  • BU 236 Small Business and the Law
  • CR 133 House Framing I and CR 134 House Framing II Lab - or choose -
  • CR 222 Introduction to Computerized Numerical Control (CNC) and CR 223 Introduction to Computerized Numerical Control (CNC) Lab
  • CR 234 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 220 Cabinetmaking II
  • CR 221 Cabinetmaking II Lab
  • ABT 136 Introduction to Environmental Systems - or - CR 219 Lead Abatement Worker Training

Group One

  • CR 226 Sustainable Design and Construction Methods
  • ABT 124 Construction Methods and Materials
  • ABT 217 Surveying

Group Two

  • CR 232 Cabinetmaking III
  • CR 233 Cabinetmaking III Lab
  • CR 234 Introduction to Finishing and Spraying
  • CR 218 Kitchen and Bath Design and Installation - or - CR 251 Externship I

Building Construction and Design Concentration

  • CR 133 House Framing II
  • CR 134 House Framing II Lab
  • CR 216 Introduction to Computer-Aided Design (CAD) for Construction
  • CR 218 Kitchen and Bath Design and Installation
  • CR 226 Sustainable Design and Construction Methods
  • CR 136 Introduction to Computer Estimating
  • CR 217 Professional Seminar
  • ABT 217 Surveying
  • ABT 124 Construction Methods and Materials
  • ABT 223 Structures I
  • CR 219 Lead Abatement Worker Training
  • ABT 232 Structures II
  • ABT 136 Introduction to Environment Systems
  • CR 251 Externship - or - ABT 112 Technical Drafting and Graphic Communication