Construction Technology

Construction Trades StudentConstruction Technicians are in short supply throughout Alaska today, both in urban and in rural areas. As a result, graduates of AVTEC's Construction program enjoy excellent job opportunities and good pay.

Construction Technicians build, install, maintain, and repair structures, working on and around a wide variety of electrical, plumbing , heating, and ventilation systems. Students in this program receive basic training in construction and maintenance of structural systems including basic carpentry, concrete, roofing, interiors and exterior finishing, and thermal and moisture protection systems —The Construction Technology program provides students with a wide variety of experience that prepares them for entry-level employment and apprenticeships in the construction and maintenance trades.

The blend of classroom instruction, lab, and live work practice helps students to learn the necessary skills to become a Construction Technician. The program is fast-paced and challenging. Students should have good mechanical aptitude, strong mathematics and reading skills, and the ability to manage time productively.

Typically 50% of the training is hands-on and 50% is classroom instruction. Training includes outdoor activities, so students need appropriate clothing for cold and wet working conditions. 


To provide training through classroom instruction, demonstration, and practical application, methods for construction, installation, maintenance, service, repair and diagnostics to construct, maintain and repair various facility structures.

Length of Course

609 clock hours, 87 training days


Early January, Late August

Training Hours

8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Monday through Friday

Construction Prerequisites

Strong reading and mathematics skills are essential to achieve top graduation levels and the best paying jobs. For specific program entry guidelines and testing requirements in reading and mathematics, contact the Admissions Office at (800) 478-5389.

TABE tests scores for this program must be:

Reading - 555
Combined Math - 552

Physical requirements of the occupation are good vision, hearing, and manual dexterity, the ability to lift and carry 50 lbs., and stoop, kneel, crawl, and walk continuously. It also requires being able to work from a ladder at heights up to 30 ft. The occupation may also require working outdoors in a variety of weather and climate conditions where physical hazards may exist.

Students who wear prescription glasses are recommended to have prescription safety glasses.

Occupational Levels

Occupational levels of Construction Technician, Construction Repairer and Construction Assistant Repairer will be assigned upon successful completion of the training program based on the student’s proficiency of the program’s competencies.

Program Content

To achieve a Construction Technology certificate, students must complete the following requirements.

Construction Trades Hours
Introduction to Carpentry 71
Materials and Equipment 66
Construction Prints and Drawings 42
Concrete 36
Framing 132
Roof Coverings 36
Exterior Finish 52
Thermal and Moisture Protection 30
Stair Systems 30
Interior Finish 84
Doors and Door Hardware 18
Construction Trades Basics 12



Program Content Detail

Introduction to Carpentry

Describe the history of the trade, apply basic safety as related to the construction industry, employ construction math, and practice basic communication and employability skills.

Materials and Equipment

Operate hand and power tools. Discuss basic rigging and material handling. Identify building materials, fasteners, and adhesives.

Construction Prints and Drawings

Interpret residential and commercial drawings, prepare materials take-offs.


Determine the properties of concrete. Demonstrate handling and placing concrete.


Demonstrate floor, wall, roof, and light gauge steel framing.

Roof Coverings

Prepare common roof coverings.

Exterior Finish

Prepare building envelopes and apply common exterior finishes.

Thermal and Moisture Protection

Identify and apply thermal and moisture protection.

Stair Systems

Produce common stair systems.

Interior Finish

Prepare and apply interior finish systems.

Doors and Door Hardware

Demonstrate the installation of doors and door hardware.

Construction Trades Basics

Discuss electrical and plumbing safety on a construction site.


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