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
Related Studies 49
Introduction to Carpentry 76
Construction Prints and Drawings 33
Concrete Foundations 32.5
Framing 131
Roof Coverings 32.5
Exterior Finish 45.5
Thermal and Moisture Protection 20
Stairs 33
Interior Finish 98
Doors and Hardware 19.5
Construction Trades Basics 39



Program Content Detail

Related Studies

Participate in school safety orientation, complete achievement tests, obtain First Aid & CPR card, complete basic applied mathematics, participate in resume writing and job search training, and participate in interview and communications training. Complete OSHA 10 hour certification.

Note: First Aid & CPR, job search and job interview training will be optional and offered in evenings or on weekends.

Introduction to Carpentry

Identify major skills and opportunities in the construction and maintenance careers; practice personal and general construction safety habits, demonstrate safe and efficient operating procedures for hand tools and power tools; identify building materials; demonstrate proper use of fasteners and adhesives, practice safe and efficient materials handling.

Construction Prints and Drawings

 Interpret construction drawings and specifications, demonstrate layout skills, perform construction calculations.

Concrete Foundations

Determine the properties of concrete, understand the principles and practices of reinforcing concrete, safely handle and place concrete, construction and maintain concrete foundations and slab-on-grade structures.


 Construct structural floor systems, wall systems, ceiling joists, and roof framing.

Roof Coverings

 Construct and maintain roofing systems.

Exterior Finish

 Install windows and exterior doors.

Thermal and Moisture Protection

 Demonstrate knowledge of the principles of cold climate weatherization and construct the thermal and moisture protection systems appropriate for cold climates.


 Layout common stair structures.

Interior Finish

 Drywall, installation of doors, finish trim, mouldings and cabinets.

Doors and Hardware

 Install exterior doors and door hardware.

Construction Trades Basics

 Introduction to electrical, plumbing, and HVAC safety and troubleshooting.


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