Building Trades
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Program Description

As many of the nation's buildings age, an appreciation of their worth grows. With this renewed appreciation in the value of these treasures, there has grown a need for technicians knowledgeable in the rehabilitation and renovation field.

The Building Trades/Residential Light Commercial curriculum is a unique, hands-on and technical one-year certificate program. The objective is to produce graduates capable of renovating and updating structures. This curriculum features both classroom learning and on-site lab experiences. Specifically, in the classroom, students study techniques of renovation (contracting and project management), blueprint reading, electrical systems, carpentry, and estimating. While at an on-site location, students participate in a residential or multi-use renovation project.

Graduates of the program may assume positions with building restoration companies, general contractors, home inspectors, or trade apprentices. In addition, many graduates transfer their credit hours in the pursuit of an Associate in Building Management and Maintenance degree.

Degree: Certificate
Hegis: 5317
Curriculum Code: 0977
Campus Location: City
Engineering & Technologies Division

Available at:

Pre-Admission Recommendations:
HS or HSE Diploma

Recommended HS Courses And/Or Experiences:
Shop Courses Building Trade

Career Opportunities/Further Education:
Building Restoration Companies, General Contractors, Home Inspectors, Trade Apprentice


Did You Know?

A significant number of courses have been renumbered as part of the State University of New York's policies which promote student mobility, through transfer of academic credit, to other SUNY institutions. All courses should be numbered at the 100-200 levels. The Listing Reference contains both the old and new numbers which should aid students in their choice of courses.


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