Advance Your Career with a Degree in Construction

Do you like working with your hands? Have you always been interested in construction work and new technologies?

If you want to make sure you’re prepared for your first construction job or you’d just like to keep up with the times, then you should consider a Certificate or an Associate’s Degree in Construction Technology at San José City College. 

Read on and you won’t be disappointed — because our Construction Technology Programs are designed to prepare you for a successful career fast. Today we’re going to cover the ins and outs of construction tech and how choosing education now will greatly benefit you in the long run.

Construction Technology is Redefining the Industry

Construction technology — also referred to as “ConTech” — is drastically changing the construction industry. Hands on skills are still essential if you want to succeed in the trade but technology plays an increasingly important role. No matter the construction job.

So what is construction technology?

Construction workers in hard hats and safety vests survey the scene on a job site. If you study construction technology at  San José City College you can launch your career in construction.

“If you don’t know how to use a tool at the beginning of the semester, by the end of semester you can be close to an expert.”

Ly Thach, SJCC student

What is Construction Technology?

According to the Construction Industry Institute (CII), it is “the collection of innovative tools, machinery, modifications, software, etc. used during the construction phase of a project that enables advancement in field construction methods, including semi-automated and automated construction equipment.”

Forbes defines it as “the technology used to innovate the way we plan, design, and build structures, as well as the manufacture and installation of their components.”

Some of the most common types of construction tech are: mobile tech, drones, building information modeling (BIM), virtual reality / wearable tech, 3D printing, and artificial intelligence (AI). These are just some of the advanced technologies that are being used to improve productivity, safety, and green building practices on job sites.

Historically, construction work was something that you could learn as you go (especially if you’ve got a knack for it and you’re somewhat self-taught). But that’s changing too.

Why Study Construction Work When I Can Learn On-the-Job?

Being able to learn as you go is still super important. This is true for just about any profession. But the construction industry is changing rapidly.

In the past, construction workers could more easily get away with learning on-the-job. But as technology advances, it has become more difficult.

One major obstacle is access to the expensive technologies you’ll need to know how to use from day one. Another is a more competitive industry due to AI. While the industry was initially resistant to this change, repeatable tasks are much more likely to be done through automation and advanced robots these days (especially in a tech forward place like the Bay Area).

The fact is, you might be able to find some entry level construction jobs with no experience and no training, but you’ll gain a major advantage if you study your trade beforehand.

And if you can find affordable education in construction, what’s holding you back? Let’s explore some of the benefits of studying construction technology.

“SJCC was an amazing experience for me filled with great memories and some of the best instructors and counselors I’ve ever had. They helped me excel in my strengths towards construction tech.”

Miguel Betancourt Jr., SJCC graduate  
A carpenter on a construction site is in full protective gear, surrounded by tools and wood materials, as he assesses his project. With a certificate or a degree in construction tech from San José City College you can pursure a career as a carpenter.

The Benefits of Studying Construction Technology

In case we haven’t convinced you yet, here are just a few of the many upsides to getting a certificate or a construction technology degree.

Beginners Can Accelerate Construction Skills Fast

Studying construction tech will give you an edge, especially if you’re a beginner.

Most construction tech programs will provide you with a solid foundation in the hands-on skills before you dive into the higher tech elements. This usually includes using essential tools and materials too.

You’ll Have More Construction Career Options & a Higher Salary

The more qualified you are the more options you’ll have in your career.

Some construction jobs you might consider after completing a certificate or a degree in construction tech: construction worker, building inspector, contractor, carpenter, manager, BIM specialist, or electrician. But the list goes on and on.

And if you enjoy the hands-on nature of construction but you’re interested in other elements of the construction process, you should definitely think about an AS degree so you can pursue things like construction engineering or construction management.

Most construction manager jobs require a bachelor’s degree, but it would be a great investment. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, a construction manager salary is nearly three times that of a construction laborer. The Bureau also reports that both professions are growing at a faster than average rate, so both will be in demand. A bachelor’s degree in construction management would also be a great option if you’d like to start your own construction business.

Gain Local Connections in the Construction Industry

If you choose a well-established educational institution, you’re likely to benefit greatly from your peers and instructors. Never underestimate the power of networking. It can help you get your foot in the door, especially when you’re just starting out or making a career shift.

This is certainly true for SJCC, which is one of the most historic bay area community colleges in San José. So what can you expect when you enroll in our first-rate construction technology programs?

“We’re integrating high technology in the construction world.”

David Lomax, SJCC Instructor

SJCC Wants You to Succeed in Construction Tech

At San José City College, we want to see you achieve your goals, so we do everything we can to facilitate your success. From generous to financial aid to assistance with job placement, we’ve got you covered.

Our Construction Technology Programs are unique because they are both beginner friendly and advanced. Programs can be completed quickly and offer lots of different pathways to accommodate your interests. 

Here’s everything you need to know about Construction Tech at SJCC.

SJCC Offers Diverse Construction Programs

One of the best things about SJCC’s Construction Technology Program is your ability to personalize your education. Check out our extensive offerings.

  • Certificate of Achievement Level 1 — Residential Carpentry
  • Certificate of Achievement Level 2 — Residential Maintenance
  • Certificate of Achievement Level 3 — Construction Technology
  • Associate’s Degree in Construction Technology

Each certificate is slightly different and the associate degree in construction technology is the most comprehensive. With all of these options, you can decide if you want to fast track your career and start working in a semester, or take your time with a 2 year degree.

If you’d like more info on any of these, check out our Construction Technology Department.

Construction Tech at SJCC Gives Students a Solid Foundation

No matter which option you choose, SJCC is going to make sure you know the basics so that you can confidently enter the workforce.

“When they come here, we’re going to teach them everything. From the very beginning on how to use a screwdriver, how to use a hammer, how to use a saw,” said David Lomax, an SJCC Instructor with a long and successful career in the construction trades.

“If you don’t know how to use a tool at the beginning of the semester, by the end of semester you can be close to an expert,” said SJCC student, Ly Thach. “They have great instructors. They have great classes.” 

Former student Miguel Betancourt Jr. successfully completed both a Certificate and an AS Degree in Construction Technology. “SJCC was an amazing experience for me filled with great memories and some of the best instructors and counselors I’ve ever had. They helped me excel in my strengths towards construction tech,” said Betancourt.

SJCC Uses the Most Advanced Construction Technologies

As a Bay Area community college, we know the value of emerging technologies and staying ahead of the curve. That’s why we prioritize the tech side of construction tech.

“We’ll be the first people in California to integrate all the classes with the BIM program. We have integrated the tools and safety OSHA, framing, plumbing, and electrical to that BIM course,” said Lomax.

SJCC collaborates with Stanford University to introduce and develop these advanced programs. In construction tech classes, instructors also use drones to assess their students’ performance.

“We’re integrating high technology in the construction world,” said Lomax.

SJCC Offers Affordable Education in Construction Tech 

SJCC is committed to providing San José’s diverse population with affordable higher education programs. 

We offer considerable financial assistance so that you can more easily cover the cost of books, tuition, and other expenses. We offer scholarships, grants, free student services, and so much more. If you are a first-time-full-time college student, you can even study for free.

Check out additional financial aid programs here.

Accelerate Your Career in Construction Work Today!

So what are you waiting for? If you’d like to gain a solid foundation in construction technology so that you can advance your career fast, consider a certificate or a 2 year degree with our Construction Technology Program.

And if you’ve been inspired to make a change in your career, but construction work isn’t your calling, check out our other career education programs in emergency medical services, business, or computer applications.

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