Alfred State College

AOS in Building Trades: Building Construction

Program Description

The building construction program will provide you with instruction in the basic skills required of the carpenter and the mason in the construction of residential or other light-frame commercial and masonry buildings. You will also gain extensive experience in building layout, foundations, framing, sheathing, exterior and interior trim, block work, brick, and concrete construction.
Coupled with practical experience, the program provides the necessary theory connected with carpentry and masonry operations, as well as blueprint reading, cost and materials estimating, surveying for building layout and control, and safety on the job.

A large part of the program is actual on-the-job training under the supervision of qualified instructors. Frequently, concrete and lumber companies instruct students in the uses of their products.

Focus Areas

  • Portable tools & fastening sys
  • Construction safety
  • Foundation systems and layout
  • Framing
  • Insulation and drywall
  • Exterior building envelope
  • Siding and cornices
  • Masonry
  • Print reading & stim
  • Wood products & fabrication

Potential Career Opportunities

  • Manufacturers
  • Cabinetmaker
  • Sales
  • Shop foreman
    Installer (cabinets, etc.)
  • Dealers
  • Maintenance supervisor
  • Carpenter
  • Contractor
  • Self-employment
  • Expediter
  • Construction superintendent
  • Construction foreman
  • Mason
  • Estimator

Program Format


Educational Level Prerequisites

High School diploma

Expected Outcomes