College Catalog
Academic Programs - School of Engineering and Industrial Technologies
Construction Certificate
HEGIS #5317
Chairperson: Dr. Christine M. LaPlante
Hudson Hall, Room 129, (518) 629-7355

Mission: To meet the current practical and technical needs of the construction industry for students who wish to go into that field at an entry-level position.

Program Objectives: The Construction Certificate program is comprised of a combination of technical and practical “hands-on” knowledge. A student completing this program should be able to:

  • identify and/or locate specific items in a set of working drawings;
  • construct floor, wall, ceiling and roof systems using conventional framing lumber and/or fabricated building components;
  • develop architectural working drawings for a residence, complete enough to satisfy the requirements to obtain a building permit;
  • design and test concrete, wood and asphalt components of construction;
  • apply exterior and interior finish materials to the superstructure of a building;
  • make a quantity survey, price out an estimate from the quantity survey and develop time schedules for completion of the work for a specific project; and
  • use hand tools, power hand tools and stationary power tools with safe and proper procedures.

Students completing this one-year program may select to enter the workforce or continue their education by enrolling in the A.A.S. degree Construction Technology program. Credit will be granted for the appropriate courses in that major.

Courses Entry Term Special Notes H.S. Average
1 unit of any math (70 or above in the course) Fall only Carpentry capability recommended. 70 or above

The estimated cost of books for the student enrolled in the first full-time term as outlined would be approximately $535.


Course No.


Credit Hrs.

CIVL 110 Engineering Graphics 3
CIVL 114
Construction Materials 2
CIVL 224
Estimating 3
CNST 103
Blueprint Reading for Technologies 3
CNST 120
Architectural Drawing I 2
CNST 130
Principles & Practices of Light Construction I 3
CNST 131
Construction Laboratory I 2
CNST 132
Construction Laboratory II 2
CNST 133
Principles & Practices of Light Construction II 4
CNST 231
Building Services Systems 3
MATH 105
Applied Technical Mathematics I 3
MATH 106
Applied Technical Mathematics II 3
Total Credits Required

*Or specific course equivalents as approved by department chairperson. Students with appropriate high school math and satisfactory scores on the placement test may substitute electives approved by the department chairperson.


CIVL 114 Const. Materials 2
CNST 103 Blueprint Reading for Tech. 3
CNST 120 Architect. Draw I 2
CNST 130 Prin. & Pract. of Light Construction I 3
CNST 131 Construct. Lab I 2
MATH 105 Mathematics I* 3
  Term Total 15
CIVL 110 Engineering Graphics 3
CIVL 224 Estimating 3
CNST 132 Construct. Lab II 2
CNST 133 Prin. & Pract. of Light Construction II 4
CNST 231 Building Serv. Sys. 3
MATH 106 Mathematics II* 3
  Term Total 18