Building Construction Technology

As the economy recovers, and construction picks up, skilled workers have the best job opportunities. Greenville Technical College can provide the specialized skills you’ll need to build your future as a skilled, entry-level carpenter, plumber, or mason.

A career you can count on

  • Graduates enter the trade in advanced positions including management trainees or construction managers’ assistants.
  • With experience, graduates go on to become assistant managers, construction managers, general superintendents, cost estimators, construction building inspectors, general managers, top executives, contractors, consultants, or to own their own businesses.
  • They command high salaries, starting from $15 to $20 an hour, and advance quickly.

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What you’ll learn in the program


In the Carpentry program, you’ll find an education that gives you a career in a year. Diploma and certificate programs cover the basics – from safety to blueprint reading to tools of the trade – so you can enter the workforce as an advanced apprentice and move up quickly to journeyman carpenter.

Skills covered include

  • Residential carpentry
  • Light commercial construction
  • Basic cabinetmaking
  • Blueprint reading
  • Care and use of tools
  • Codes and specifications
  • Concrete form work
  • Construction site layout
  • Estimating/quantity takeoff
  • Exterior and interior finishes
  • Floor, wall and roof framing
  • Foundations and layout
  • Safety materials
  • Scaffolding
  • Construction labor and expediting
  • Builder’s exam preparation

Through service learning opportunities with Habitat for Humanity, you’ll apply what you’ve learned in class as you make a difference in the community.


A five-course certificate that takes building with bricks to an art form for residential or commercial construction. In day and evening classes, the program covers

  • Masonry fundamentals
  • Advanced skills
  • Basic and advanced masonry construction
  • Brick masonry


Everything from codes to methods is covered in evening courses, including

  • Basic skills
  • Residential applications
  • Repairs
  • Inspector certification
  • Test and connections

Your connection to industry

Our program is guided by industry needs, which is why we offer specific training to meet local needs as well as the national standards required to pass the builder’s license exam.

Representatives from leading area companies serve on our advisory board to help us ensure that what we teach is relevant and to give us access to the latest training tools.

Program details and courses

Building Construction Technology
Certificate in Applied Science

This program teaches fundamentals of the carpentry trade as well as basic procedures of cabinetmaking. Students will learn safety, blueprint reading, and tools of the trade, preparing graduates for the builder’s license exam.

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Certificate in Applied Science

This program teaches the knowledge, skills, and abilities needed to work in the construction industry as a mason on residential or commercial jobs.

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Certificate in Applied Science

This program gives you the knowledge, skills, and abilities needed to work in the construction industry as a plumber with an overview of codes, methods, practices and repairs. Offered in an open-end, close-end format, students may begin any semester.

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General Technology
Associate in Applied Science

Available to graduates of the diploma program in Carpentry.
This degree program offers students the opportunity to design a program of study to meet individual needs, combining major courses, general education courses, and additional hours.

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Gainful Employment Disclosure

For more information about our graduation rates, the median debt of students who completed the program, and other important information, we encourage you to review our gainful employment disclosure information for Building Construction Technology, Building Construction Technology Diploma, Masonry and Plumbing.


Greenville Technical College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award associate degrees, diplomas and certificates. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call (404) 679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Greenville Technical College.