Programs in building technology are available at both 2- and 4-year schools across the U.S. Graduates of these programs can become contractors, construction technicians, carpenters, estimators, designers and installers, to name a few professions.
Schools with Building Technology Programs
The following schools offer undergraduate and graduate degrees related to building technology:
|College/University||Location||Institution Type||Degrees Offered||Tuition* (2015-2016)|
|Massachusetts Institute of Technology||Cambridge, MA||4-year, Private||Bachelor's, Master's, Doctoral||$46,704 (Undergraduate); $46,400 (Graduate)|
|University of Massachusetts - Amherst||Amherst, MA||4-year, Public||Bachelor's||$14,171 (In-state Undergraduate); $30,504 (Out-of-state Undergraduate)|
|Columbia University||New York, NY||4-year, Private||Bachelor's, Master's, Doctoral, Graduate Certificate||$53,000 (Undergraduate); $42,280 (Graduate)|
|New Castle School of Trades||New Castle, PA||2-year, Private||Associate's||$13,500 (Undergraduate)|
|Hudson Valley Community College||Troy, NY||2-year, Public||Associate's||$5,188 (In-state Undergraduate); $13,388 (Out-of-state Undergraduate)|
|Georgia Tech||Atlanta, GA||4-year, Public||Certificate, Master's, Doctoral||$13,452 (In-state Graduate); $27,872 (Out-of-state Graduate)|
|Appalachian State University||Boone, NC||4-year, Public||Bachelor's, Master's||$6,852 (In-state Undergraduate); $4,518 (In-state Graduate)|
|Indian River State College||Fort Pierce, FL||4-year, Public||Associate's||$2,764 (In-state Undergraduate); $10,201 (Out-of-state Undergraduate)|
|Northern Michigan University||Marquette, MI||4-year, Public||Associate's||$9,620 (In-state Undergraduate); $15,020 (Out-of-state Undergraduate)|
Source: *National Center for Education Statistics (NCES)
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School Selection Criteria
There are a number of things to consider when looking for building technology schools.
- Certificate and associate's degree programs prepare students for entry-level work, while students who earn a bachelor's degree often find management positions or start their own businesses.
- Students may prefer programs affiliated with or accredited by professional organizations, such as the American Institute of Architecture Students or the Associated General Contractors.
- Because of the hands-on nature of most work in the building technology field, students may also prefer programs that offer modern technology and high-quality research facilities.
- Some programs are encompassed within a different degree, such as architecture, and it may be prudent to review the specific course options to ensure the program has the focus you desire for your career goals.
Students who are new to the field or who want to supplement prior experience can earn a certificate in several aspects of building technology, including residential building technology, green building technology, building construction technology or construction management.
Associate's Degree Programs
Students can prepare for an entry-level career in building technology by earning a 2-year associate's degree in building construction technology, residential building technology or architectural building engineering technology. Many schools allow students to transfer their credits to a 4-year program after earning an associate's degree.
Bachelor's Degree Programs
Undergraduate degrees in this field include building and construction technology, building science and sustainable design, and residential construction technology and management. Graduates of these programs often find construction management jobs or continue on to graduate school.
Building and construction technology studies can prepare graduates to work in trades, building design or other related careers. It's possible to pursue a certificate, associate's degree, bachelor's degree or graduate degree, and students may want to consider their career goals when choosing which level to study at.