Industrial Technology Building and construction

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Career Opportunities

Graduates of the Building and Construction Technology Program (BCT) have risen to the highest professional levels in the building construction industry. Specific occupations cover a broad range of professional careers. They work as building contractors, design professionals, retail and wholesale business managers, sales associates, researchers, marketing professionals, technical representatives, purchasing agents, and construction managers for the most successful corporations in the nation. Salaries compare favorably with other scientific and business professions. Opportunities for advancement are excellent. The employment demand for women and men in this broad field far exceeds the number of graduates.

The Major

In addition to university General Education requirements, the curriculum in the Building Construction Technology major builds upon a foundation of introductory mathematics, chemistry, physics, and computer literacy. Department courses cover a background in natural resources plus fundamental courses in building materials technology, energy conservation, computer-aided design, structural design, business and construction management, and building product technology.richm03_as_sm.jpg The remainder of each student’s program includes electives in areas such as engineering or business according to the individual’s career objectives and chosen curriculum option. Students frequently continue to advanced study at the master’s or doctoral level, but most graduates accept employment immediately. The functioning student organization is the University of Massachusetts Student Chapter of the the National Association of Home Builders. Building and Construction Technology program mission, goals, and objectives: When students graduate from UMass Amherst with a bachelor’s degree in Building and Construction Technology they will be able to:

  • Specify materials, methods, and building/structural systems common to residential and commercial construction projects.
  • Evaluate and specify building energy systems and materials with respect to their ecological impact and their contribution to sustainable design.
  • Understand physical, mechanical and environmental attributes of wood construction.
  • Analyze, estimate and communicate building project requirements using a thorough knowledge of blueprint specifications, contractual documents, CAD (Computer-Aided Design) and BIM (Building Information Modeling).
  • Apply a breadth of management skills and an understanding of key business aspects of design, construction and materials supply industries.
  • Contribute responsibly to a sustainable built environment.

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