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Area of Study: Design, Manufacturing, Construction, and Applied Technologies
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Design, Manufacturing, Construction, and Applied Technologies
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Building Construction Technology

Tools to build a career from the ground up

Austin Community College’s Building Construction Technology Program can help you build a successful career in the construction industry. Students gain experience in building and remodeling, from start to finish, and receive hands-on training with the tools, machinery, and equipment used at construction sites. Students also learn staff and resource allocation, planning, budgeting, and other project management skills needed to advance to project manager. Tracks in construction management, carpentry, and woodworking are offered.

Skills you will gain

Students develop expertise in areas including frame and trim carpentry, cabinetry and millwork, project scheduling, blueprint reading, project management, and cost estimation. Classes are kept intentionally small to ensure personalized attention and reinforcement of proper technique. Our instructors are accomplished construction professionals who bring their collective experience to the classroom. They take the time to make sure each student learns to be a skilled, safe, and productive worker.

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Job Titles & Career Information

Carpet Installers
15.85 Hourly Wage 223 Currently Employed
Lay and install carpet from rolls or blocks on floors. Install padding and trim flooring materials.
223 Carpet Installers are employed. This number is expected to increase by 3.14 % over the next four years.
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Floor Layers, Except Carpet, Wood, and Hard Tiles
15.53 Hourly Wage 122 Currently Employed
Apply blocks, strips, or sheets of shock-absorbing, sound-deadening, or decorative coverings to floors.
122 Floor Layers, Except Carpet, Wood, and Hard Tiles are employed. This number is expected to increase by 6.56 % over the next four years.
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Floor Sanders and Finishers
15.48 Hourly Wage 37 Currently Employed
Scrape and sand wooden floors to smooth surfaces using floor scraper and floor sanding machine, and apply coats of finish.
37 Floor Sanders and Finishers are employed. This number is expected to increase by 5.41 % over the next four years.
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Tile and Marble Setters
16.86 Hourly Wage 396 Currently Employed
Apply hard tile, marble, and wood tile to walls, floors, ceilings, and roof decks.
396 Tile and Marble Setters are employed. This number is expected to increase by 4.04 % over the next four years.
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Cement Masons and Concrete Finishers
15.04 Hourly Wage 2482 Currently Employed
Smooth and finish surfaces of poured concrete, such as floors, walks, sidewalks, roads, or curbs using a variety of hand and power tools. Align forms for sidewalks, curbs, or gutters; patch voids; and use saws to cut expansion joints.
2482 Cement Masons and Concrete Finishers are employed. This number is expected to increase by 7.49 % over the next four years.
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Terrazzo Workers and Finishers
15.88 Hourly Wage 47 Currently Employed
Apply a mixture of cement, sand, pigment, or marble chips to floors, stairways, and cabinet fixtures to fashion durable and decorative surfaces.
47 Terrazzo Workers and Finishers are employed. This number is expected to increase by 4.26 % over the next four years.
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Construction Laborers
13.54 Hourly Wage 11790 Currently Employed
Perform tasks involving physical labor at construction sites. May operate hand and power tools of all types: air hammers, earth tampers, cement mixers, small mechanical hoists, surveying and measuring equipment, and a variety of other equipment and instruments. May clean and prepare sites, dig trenches, set braces to support the sides of excavations, erect scaffolding, and clean up rubble, debris and other waste materials. May assist other craft workers.
11790 Construction Laborers are employed. This number is expected to increase by 8.13 % over the next four years.
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Operating Engineers and Other Construction Equipment Operators
17.02 Hourly Wage 2449 Currently Employed
Operate one or several types of power construction equipment, such as motor graders, bulldozers, scrapers, compressors, pumps, derricks, shovels, tractors, or front-end loaders to excavate, move, and grade earth, erect structures, or pour concrete or other hard surface pavement. May repair and maintain equipment in addition to other duties.
2449 Operating Engineers and Other Construction Equipment Operators are employed. This number is expected to increase by 7.1 % over the next four years.
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Drywall and Ceiling Tile Installers
16.57 Hourly Wage 1198 Currently Employed
Apply plasterboard or other wallboard to ceilings or interior walls of buildings. Apply or mount acoustical tiles or blocks, strips, or sheets of shock-absorbing materials to ceilings and walls of buildings to reduce or reflect sound. Materials may be of decorative quality. Includes lathers who fasten wooden, metal, or rockboard lath to walls, ceilings or partitions of buildings to provide support base for plaster, fire-proofing, or acoustical material.
1198 Drywall and Ceiling Tile Installers are employed. This number is expected to increase by 0.5 % over the next four years.
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Glaziers
16.99 Hourly Wage 421 Currently Employed
Install glass in windows, skylights, store fronts, and display cases, or on surfaces, such as building fronts, interior walls, ceilings, and tabletops.
421 Glaziers are employed. This number is expected to increase by 5.7 % over the next four years.
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Insulation Workers, Floor, Ceiling, and Wall
17.88 Hourly Wage 239 Currently Employed
Line and cover structures with insulating materials. May work with batt, roll, or blown insulation materials.
239 Insulation Workers, Floor, Ceiling, and Wall are employed. This number is expected to increase by 0.84 % over the next four years.
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Insulation Workers, Mechanical
17.03 Hourly Wage 240 Currently Employed
Apply insulating materials to pipes or ductwork, or other mechanical systems in order to help control and maintain temperature.
240 Insulation Workers, Mechanical are employed. This number is expected to increase by 4.58 % over the next four years.
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Painters, Construction and Maintenance
14.85 Hourly Wage 2604 Currently Employed
Paint walls, equipment, buildings, bridges, and other structural surfaces, using brushes, rollers, and spray guns. May remove old paint to prepare surface prior to painting. May mix colors or oils to obtain desired color or consistency.
2604 Painters, Construction and Maintenance are employed. This number is expected to increase by 5.34 % over the next four years.
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Roofers
15.92 Hourly Wage 1039 Currently Employed
Cover roofs of structures with shingles, slate, asphalt, aluminum, wood, or related materials. May spray roofs, sidings, and walls with material to bind, seal, insulate, or soundproof sections of structures.
1039 Roofers are employed. This number is expected to increase by 8.76 % over the next four years.
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Construction Carpenters
16.79 Hourly Wage 6130 Currently Employed
Construct, erect, install, and repair structures and fixtures of wood, plywood, and wallboard, using carpenter's hand tools and power tools.
6130 Construction Carpenters are employed. This number is expected to increase by 6.13 % over the next four years.
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Helpers--Carpenters
15.05 Hourly Wage 87 Currently Employed
Help carpenters by performing duties requiring less skill. Duties include using, supplying or holding materials or tools, and cleaning work area and equipment.
87 Helpers--Carpenters are employed. This number is expected to increase by 17.24 % over the next four years.
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Construction Managers
34.65 Hourly Wage 3086 Currently Employed
Plan, direct, or coordinate, usually through subordinate supervisory personnel, activities concerned with the construction and maintenance of structures, facilities, and systems. Participate in the conceptual development of a construction project and oversee its organization, scheduling, budgeting, and implementation. Includes managers in specialized construction fields, such as carpentry or plumbing.
3086 Construction Managers are employed. This number is expected to increase by 2.27 % over the next four years.
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Cost Estimators
28.23 Hourly Wage 1582 Currently Employed
Prepare cost estimates for product manufacturing, construction projects, or services to aid management in bidding on or determining price of product or service. May specialize according to particular service performed or type of product manufactured.
1582 Cost Estimators are employed. This number is expected to increase by 7.21 % over the next four years.
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Home Appliance Repairers
17.41 Hourly Wage 511 Currently Employed
Repair, adjust, or install all types of electric or gas household appliances, such as refrigerators, washers, dryers, and ovens.
511 Home Appliance Repairers are employed. This number is expected to increase by 4.89 % over the next four years.
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Helpers--Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Workers
12.56 Hourly Wage 1131 Currently Employed
Help installation, maintenance, and repair workers in maintenance, parts replacement, and repair of vehicles, industrial machinery, and electrical and electronic equipment. Perform duties such as furnishing tools, materials, and supplies to other workers; cleaning work area, machines, and tools; and holding materials or tools for other workers.
1131 Helpers--Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Workers are employed. This number is expected to increase by 7.16 % over the next four years.
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Construction and Building Inspectors
27.19 Hourly Wage 988 Currently Employed
Inspect structures using engineering skills to determine structural soundness and compliance with specifications, building codes, and other regulations. Inspections may be general in nature or may be limited to a specific area, such as electrical systems or plumbing.
988 Construction and Building Inspectors are employed. This number is expected to increase by 8.1 % over the next four years.
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Grinding and Polishing Workers, Hand
14.44 Hourly Wage 83 Currently Employed
Grind, sand, or polish, using hand tools or hand-held power tools, a variety of metal, wood, stone, clay, plastic, or glass objects. Includes chippers, buffers, and finishers.
83 Grinding and Polishing Workers, Hand are employed. This number is expected to remain steady with job change around 0 % over the next four years.
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Energy Auditors
35.07 Hourly Wage 6582 Currently Employed
Conduct energy audits of buildings, building systems, or process systems. May also conduct investment grade audits of buildings or systems.
6582 Energy Auditors are employed. This number is expected to increase by 8.6 % over the next four years.
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Maintenance and Repair Workers, General
16.71 Hourly Wage 8931 Currently Employed
Perform work involving the skills of two or more maintenance or craft occupations to keep machines, mechanical equipment, or the structure of an establishment in repair. Duties may involve pipe fitting; boiler making; insulating; welding; machining; carpentry; repairing electrical or mechanical equipment; installing, aligning, and balancing new equipment; and repairing buildings, floors, or stairs.
8931 Maintenance and Repair Workers, General are employed. This number is expected to increase by 8.78 % over the next four years.
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First-Line Supervisors of Construction Trades and Extraction Workers
27.91 Hourly Wage 5469 Currently Employed
Directly supervise and coordinate activities of construction or extraction workers.
5469 First-Line Supervisors of Construction Trades and Extraction Workers are employed. This number is expected to increase by 5.06 % over the next four years.
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Rough Carpenters
16.79 Hourly Wage 6130 Currently Employed
Build rough wooden structures, such as concrete forms, scaffolds, tunnel, bridge, or sewer supports, billboard signs, and temporary frame shelters, according to sketches, blueprints, or oral instructions.
6130 Rough Carpenters are employed. This number is expected to increase by 6.13 % over the next four years.
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Cabinetmakers and Bench Carpenters
13.54 Hourly Wage 838 Currently Employed
Cut, shape, and assemble wooden articles or set up and operate a variety of woodworking machines, such as power saws, jointers, and mortisers to surface, cut, or shape lumber or to fabricate parts for wood products.
838 Cabinetmakers and Bench Carpenters are employed. This number is expected to decrease by 2.03 % over the next four years.
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Model Makers, Wood
18.66 Hourly Wage 10 Currently Employed
Construct full-size and scale wooden precision models of products. Includes wood jig builders and loft workers.
10 Model Makers, Wood are employed. This number is expected to remain steady with job change around 0 % over the next four years.
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Patternmakers, Wood
19.42 Hourly Wage 9 Currently Employed
Plan, lay out, and construct wooden unit or sectional patterns used in forming sand molds for castings.
9 Patternmakers, Wood are employed. This number is expected to remain steady with job change around 0 % over the next four years.
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Sawing Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Wood
10.7 Hourly Wage 69 Currently Employed
Set up, operate, or tend wood sawing machines. May operate CNC equipment. Includes lead sawyers.
69 Sawing Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Wood are employed. This number is expected to decrease by 1.45 % over the next four years.
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Woodworking Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Except Sawing
12.53 Hourly Wage 168 Currently Employed
Set up, operate, or tend woodworking machines, such as drill presses, lathes, shapers, routers, sanders, planers, and wood nailing machines. May operate CNC equipment.
168 Woodworking Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Except Sawing are employed. This number is expected to decrease by 4.17 % over the next four years.
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Data analysis of traditional and real-time labor market information (LMI) provided in collaboration with Emsi (Economic Modeling Specialists International), a CareerBuilder company.

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Which award path is right for you?

ACC offers a variety of degree and certificate options to get you ready for the next step in your academic and career journey. Choosing the right award path is an important first step to reach your short and long-term goals. Visit our awards page to learn about the types of credentials we offer and the differences between each. 

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