Construction & Environmental Technology

Professionals in the construction industry need well-trained technicians with diverse educational backgrounds. Their needs provide our graduates with a variety of exciting and rewarding career options. Architects, contractors, engineers, surveyors, testing labs, materials suppliers, colleges, and government agencies provide careers for construction technicians in design, drafting, surveying, inspection, estimating, and laboratory testing.

The construction technology curriculum covers a broad range of subjects related to the construction field, including computer aided drafting and use of microcomputers.

Environmental Emphasis

The Construction Technology curriculum has changed with the times. The core courses in management, materials, and drafting emphasize environmental concerns and energy conservation. Environmental codes and regulations and efficient use of materials and methods are emphasized across the curriculum.

ENVS 102, Technology and the Environment, is now required and other environmental related courses can be selected for program electives. For example, Social Science: POSC 112 Public Administration. Unrestricted Elective: ENVS 101 Resource Conservation; Lab Science: PHSC 104, CHEM 101, GEOL 101, BIOL 101; Humanities: ENVS 105 Environmental Ethics.

Careers on Career Coach

Some of the firms/agencies that have hired construction technology graduates include Barden Homes, Crown Construction, Paul Yaman Associates, New York State Dept. of Transportation, and U.S. Geological Services.

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Program Chair

Sophia Georgiakaki

Sophia Georgiakaki

Professor (Mathematics)

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Transfer Options

Although the A.A.S. degree in construction technology is not designed primarily for transfer, graduates of this program have transferred to four-year bachelor’s degree programs in construction technology, forestry, and facilities management. Graduates of the construction technology program have gone on to study forestry, facilities management, and construction technology at:

  • Empire State College
  • SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry
  • Rochester Institute of Technology

Highlighted Courses

Not all of the highlighted courses are required in both the degree and certificate in this program area. Please be sure to check the degree requirements tab for details about the requirements for each or certificate.

Degree Requirements

Fall Term 1

Minimum Total Semester Credits: 15
CONT107, Construction Materials, 3 cr.
CONT 107 is only offered in the Fall semester.
Schedule: Sp, Su, Fa, Wi 
DRAF117, Architectural Drafting I, 3 cr.
DRAF 117 is only offered in the Fall semester.
Schedule: Sp, Su, Fa, Wi 
ENGL100, Academic Writing I, 3 cr.
A minimum grade of C is required in ENGL 100. A student exempted from ENGL 100 must substitute a 3-credit Liberal Arts Elective. This course should be selected in consultation with the student's advisor.
Schedule: Sp, Su, Fa, Wi 
MATH122, Technical Mathematics, 3 cr.
A student with four years of high school mathematics and appropriate placement test scores should substitute MATH 138 or MATH 201. The minimum program requirement of 62 credits must still be met. A waiver request form must be submitted and approved.
Schedule: Sp, Su, Fa, Wi 
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Spring Term 1

Minimum Total Semester Credits: 15
CAPS111, Introduction to Word Processing, 1 cr.
Schedule: Sp, Su, Fa, Wi 
CAPS121, Introduction to Spreadsheets, 1 cr.
Schedule: Sp, Su, Fa, Wi 
CAPS131, Introduction to Databases, 1 cr.
Schedule: Sp, Su, Fa, Wi 
DRAF118, Architectural Drafting II, 3 cr.
DRAF 118 is only offered in the Spring semester.
Schedule: Sp, Su, Fa, Wi 
ENGL101, Academic Writing II, 3 cr.
Schedule: Sp, Su, Fa, Wi 
ENVS102, Technology and the Environment, 3 cr.
Schedule: Sp, Su, Fa, Wi 
Select a minimum of 3 credits from the courses listed below:
Choose from: ACCT 101, ENVS 101, MATH 138, MATH 200, or 3 additional CAPS Electives.
ACCT101, Principles of Accounting I, 4 cr.
CAPS@
ENVS101, Introduction to Environmental Science, 3 cr.
MATH138, Precalculus Mathematics, 4 cr.
MATH200, Statistics, 3 cr.
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Fall Term 2

Minimum Total Semester Credits: 15
CONT202, Surveying, 3 cr.
CONT 202 is only offered in the Fall semester.
Schedule: Sp, Su, Fa, Wi 
ENGL103, Report Writing, 3 cr.
Schedule: Sp, Su, Fa, Wi 
Choose one from the courses listed below:
Minimum credits required: 3
BUAD103, Entrepreneurship I Schedule: Sp, Su, Fa, Wi
BUAD201, Business Law I Schedule: Sp, Su, Fa, Wi
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Select a minimum of 3 credits from the courses listed below:
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Spring Term 2

Minimum Total Semester Credits: 17
CONT115, Construction Estimating and Planning, 2 cr.
CONT 115 is only offered in the Spring semester.
Schedule: Sp, Su, Fa, Wi 
CONT208, Construction Management and Regulation, 3 cr.
CONT 208 is only offered in the Spring semester.
Schedule: Sp, Su, Fa, Wi 
CONT210, Structural Design, 4 cr.
CONT 210 is only offered in the Spring semester.
Schedule: Sp, Su, Fa, Wi 
CONT216, Materials Testing, 2 cr.
CONT 216 is only offered in the Spring semester.
Schedule: Sp, Su, Fa, Wi 
ENGL201, Fundamentals of Speech, 3 cr.
Schedule: Sp, Su, Fa, Wi 
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SUNY General Education & Tompkins Cortland Liberal Arts courses

Note: The @ symbol represents any course number or discipline. For example, BIOL @ means any course with a Biology course prefix. An @ alone means one course in any course discipline with any course number.

Degree Requirements

Certificate: Construction and Environmental Technology
Minimum Credits for Graduation: 29 credits
CONT107, Construction Materials, 3 cr.
Schedule: Sp, Su, Fa, Wi
CONT115, Construction Estimating and Planning, 2 cr.
Schedule: Sp, Su, Fa, Wi
CONT202, Surveying, 3 cr.
Schedule: Sp, Su, Fa, Wi
CONT208, Construction Management and Regulation, 3 cr.
Schedule: Sp, Su, Fa, Wi
CONT210, Structural Design, 4 cr.
Schedule: Sp, Su, Fa, Wi
CONT216, Materials Testing, 2 cr.
Schedule: Sp, Su, Fa, Wi
DRAF117, Architectural Drafting I, 3 cr.
Schedule: Sp, Su, Fa, Wi
DRAF118, Architectural Drafting II, 3 cr.
Schedule: Sp, Su, Fa, Wi
ENVS102, Technology and the Environment, 3 cr.
Schedule: Sp, Su, Fa, Wi
Select a minimum of 3 credits from the courses listed below:
ACCT101, Principles of Accounting I, 4 cr.
CAPS@
MATH138, Precalculus Mathematics, 4 cr.
MATH200, Statistics, 3 cr.
Use Schedule Search for electives


SUNY General Education & Tompkins Cortland Liberal Arts courses

Note: The @ symbol represents any course number or discipline. For example, BIOL @ means any course with a Biology course prefix. An @ alone means one course in any course discipline with any course number.