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Construction Technology

The Construction Technology Program is based upon the National Center for Construction, Education, and Research (NCCER) curriculum. The program is designed to provide the skills, knowledge and quality workmanship necessary to become a successful carpenter or cabinetmaker. Students gain hands-on experience in drafting blueprints, designing cabinetry products, framing, roofing and interior/exterior finishing. Students apply those skills to construct project homes on the Beloit and Hays campuses. Upon successful completion of the one-year program, students receive a Construction Technology Certificate.

Beloit Carpentry House Information

Hays Carpentry House Information

Program Outcomes

  • Sketch diagrams of building projects and manipulate them into working drawings.
  • Demonstrate proper use of drafting tools and equipment to produce working drawings.
  • Lay out building lines for footings and foundations. Setting batter boards and demonstrate correct use of leveling instruments.
  • Construct floor, wall and roof systems.  Apply framing square techniques for rafter and stair applications.
  • Complete exterior wall and finishes including doors, windows and trim.
  • Acquaint self with estimating of building materials and labor costs.
  • Establish a working estimate of materials and labor from a working drawing or blueprint.
  • Estimate and install wall and ceiling insulation on an existing structure.
  • Hang, tape, and finish drywall on walls and ceilings.  Complete interior finish process by painting, texturing and installing doors and trim.
  • Develop a plan for designing and creating working drawings for cabinetry to complete interior finish process.
  • Demonstrate proper and safe use of portable and stationary power tools.
  • Exhibit construction methods used in the cabinet industry.

Required Courses

First Semester

Course Code Course Name Credits
OSHA-110 OSHA Training 1
CC-101 Basic Drafting 1
CC-106 Introductory Craft Skills 3
CC-107A Construction Basics 2
CC-113 Carpentry I 3
CC-114 Carpentry II 4
SS-102 Tech Connect 0

Second Semester

Course Code Course Name Credits
CC-105 Cabinetmaking 4
CC-110 Windows and Doors 3
CC-111 Interior Finish 3
CC-112 Exterior Finish 1
CC-115 Concrete Technology 3

General Education Course Requirements

Course Code Course Name Credits
CIS-100 Computer Applications T▸ 3
MA-102 Essential Math T▸ 3
SS-100 General Psychology T▸ 3
Total Required Hours

T▸ - Course eligible for transfer to a state university.

Additional Notes:

Optional:  The Carpentry/Cabinetmaking program can be combined with other construction trade programs (Heavy Equipment Operation or Plumbing Heating and Air-Conditioning) to achieve an Associate of Applied Science degree in Building Construction Technology. *Note additional General Education courses required.

Post Graduate Jobs

Job Title Annual Salary
Project Managers Metal Building Co. $40,000
Cabinet Shops $15
Residential Framing Crew $18
General Contractor $60,000
Laborer Forman and Lead Carpenters $22

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Transfer Options

This program offers a seamless transition to Fort Hays State University for the following degrees:
Technology Studies with Manufacturing Technology Concentration (B.S.)

This Program is available in Beloit
and Hays

Department Chair

Beloit: Mike Cheney

Hays: Ethan Kriley