Construction Technologies

Lay the foundation for your future in the two-year Construction Technology program at Questar III. Using professional tools, students learn construction and renovation skills. By Building real projects for community use, students learn framing, roofing, trim carpentry and other finishing skills. They learn about entry-level residential wiring, explore new “green” building technologies and receive training in home energy efficiency. Students earn an OSHA 10 Hour Safety Training Certificate. This program also has off-campus work-based learning opportunities.

Characteristics of a successful student:

  • Likes hands-on activities
  • Enjoys visualizing solutions, good at spatial relationships
  • Enjoys designing and building projects
  • Enjoys working in small groups
  • Excellent attendance
  • Parental support of the career and Construction Technologies program

Courses strongly recommended to take prior to enrollment or concurrently at home school district:

  • Architectural Drawing
  • AutoCAD
  • Geometry
  • Basic Woodworking

Curriculum/Units of Study:

  • Blueprints
  • Hand and power tools
  • Floor and wall framing
  • Roof framing and shingles
  • Windows and doors
  • Siding and exterior trim
  • Insulation
  • Sheetrock
  • Electrical basics
  • Basic cabinetmaking
  • Workplace behaviors

Construction students may be able to receive academic credit in the following subject areas:

  • Math 11 (1 credit)
  • Science 11 (1 credit)
  • English 12 (1 credit)
  • Career and Financial Management (1/2 credit)
  • For more information on the availability of this option, please contact your home school counselor.

College credit available through the program:

Alfred State College
BLCT 1022 Wood Fab Tech 1 (2 credit hours)
BLCT 1132 Estimating I (2 credit hours)
BLCT 1142 Masonry I (2 credit hours)
Empire State Carpenters Apprenticeship Committee
80 hour exemption from the required 160 hour first year apprentice classroom instruction and on the job training
Hudson Valley Community College
CNST 103 Blueprint Reading for Technologies (3 credit hours)
CNST 130 Principles and Practices for Light Construction
(3 credit hours)
SUNY Delhi
CARP 130 Light Frame Construction (3 credit hours)
CARP 150 Finish Carp. Theory (3 credit hours)
ARCH 110 CARD (4 credit hours)
(These credits are only available if the student attends these colleges.)

Related career opportunities:

  • Carpenter
  • Construction Manager
  • Contractor
  • Energy Auditor
  • Home Improvement Sales Associate
  • Lumber Yard Employee
  • Roofer
  • Weatherization Specialist


Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Safety Certification

Technical endorsement:

National Occupational Competency Testing Institute (NOCTI) Carpentry
Pass all three parts of the technical assessment: written, performance and portfolio.

Consultant Committee:

  • Capital Region BOCES
  • Carpenter's Union Local 370
  • Columbia Opportunities, Inc.
  • Crawford & Associates
  • Curtis Lumber
  • Dimensions North, LTD
  • Dutchess County Community College
  • Ed Herrington, Inc.
  • Hudson Valley Community College
  • Mario's Home Centers
  • National Grid
  • Otterbeck Builders
  • Peterson Geller Spruge
  • Turner Construction
  • University at Albany
  • Williams Lumber

Contact information

Columbia-Greene Educational Center
(518) 828-4157 •

Rensselaer Educational Center
(518) 273-2264 •


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