Do you enjoy working with your hands? Are you a visual thinker who has an intuitive understanding of engineering and construction? If you also have a talent for management, then construction technology may be a perfect fit for your abilities and interests.
Construction technologists manage projects across a broad spectrum of industries — from residential construction to commercial construction to government-funded projects. During an average day, the construction technologist might inspect a site, review building codes, and analyze blueprints. Construction technologists must also manage diverse crews that may include structural engineers, ironworkers, and other specialized professionals. Do you have what it takes to major in construction technology?
The Skills You Need to Succeed in the Construction Industry
The construction industry employs about 10 million people in the United States alone, according to CollegeBoard.org. If you’re interested in working in the construction technology field, you’ll need a broad range of skills. Enjoying math and finding solutions to problems helps tremendously, as construction technologists take various engineering classes. You’ll also need strong visual-spatial skills, because all construction projects begin with blueprints. The ability to read and interpret blueprints is absolutely essential.
A successful construction technologist must also understand local building codes and closely monitor the results of periodic inspections. A failed inspection slows down the entire project and highlighted problems cost time and money to resolve. Interpreting the codes the right way the first time means identifying problems with blueprints and construction issues early. This is why construction technologists must also be able to manage workers, subcontractors, and other professionals who play important roles in the project. The ability to manage complicated problems and devise safe, cost-effective solutions is what makes a construction manager the essential player on the team.
Preparing for Your Career in Construction Technology
If you’re planning to major in construction technology, you’ll need to do a little homework first. Not every construction technology program is accredited by the Technology Accreditation Commission of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology. You’ll want to determine whether or not you’re interested in studying the management aspects of construction technology or if you prefer to learn about engineering itself. Review the major syllabus to see what kinds of courses you’ll be taking.
You’ll also want to gain experience early. Working in the construction field while you’re earning your degree is an effective way to learn the out-of-classroom skills you’ll need to succeed. Cooperative learning opportunities and internships are more ways you can get additional experience. If you’re lucky enough to have a choice of opportunities, select a program that features the latest technologies and equipment. If possible, tour sites, labs, and shops to see what the workers use.
If you’re not able to secure a job, internship, or cooperative learning opportunity in construction, don’t give up. The classes in this field usually include multiple hands-on learning opportunities.
Start your construction technology career at Vista College
Vista College offers a Construction Technology Diploma Program that gives you the classroom learning and the practical experience you need to develop in-demand job skills. From drywall and tile to construction labor, you can complete our comprehensive program in as little as 40 weeks.
At Vista College, you’ll learn how to read construction drawings. You’ll also master exciting new concepts in environmentally friendly design and building practices. You’ll gain experience in wiring, piping, framing, concrete work, and more. We offer our Construction Technology program at our El Paso campus during daytime and evening hours, making it easy to fit your program into your busy lifestyle. Our instructors include professionals with real-world experience, as well as an impressive breadth of knowledge.
Programs begin every five weeks. Once you’ve completed your program, our Career Services department can help you transition from student to professional. We’ll help you create a resume and cover letter, provide job interview coaching, and help you devise a search strategy that is tailored to your specific interests and abilities.
For more information about our Construction Technology Program, contact Vista College today.
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