As a building construction technician, you’ll get to put your brain and hands to work.

You don’t want to work in an office or wear a tie. You want to be on the move, indoors and out, up high and on the down low. That’s why becoming a Building Construction Technician is a great fit for you. It’s time to build a better life.

This hands-on program teaches you the fundamental skills you’ll need to enter the new and renovating construction industry. And, here in the growing Lowcountry, construction jobs are always in demand. The S.C. annual mean wage for construction occupations is $44,460, according to 2021 reports from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

The Program

Study will include hands-on operation of hand and power tools, printreading, materials used in residential construction, tool usage and safety instruction, and foundations and framing techniques used in residential construction with emphasis placed on “green” building techniques.

This 21-credit-hour certificate program can be completed in as little as two semesters, or you can take a course when it fits into your already busy schedule.

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  • Quick Facts


    Understanding green building concepts gives you a leg-up.


    Learn by actually practicing the skills you’ll need on the job.


    The S.C. annual mean wage for construction occupations is $44,460.


    Technical College of the Lowcountry is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award Associate Degrees, Diplomas, and Certificates. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Technical College of the Lowcountry.

    Many TCL building instructors are LEED certified. Emphasis is placed on “green” building techniques outlined by the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) principles.


    Tuition: 21 credits x $214 per credit = $4,494.

    Remember, this is before S.C. Lottery Tuition Assistance and other financial aid, which could drop your costs by more than half. In fact, after financial aid, many students attend for free. See more about paying for TCL.

    *Based on Fall 2022 in-state, in-service-area tuition. Your actual cost may differ. Does not include fees, books and other costs. Qualifications vary.


    Is this program right for you?

    Yes, if you:

    • Like to work with your hands.
    • Have basic math skills.
    • Possess good project management.

    Program Dean

    Laura Dukes

    Dean, Business and Industrial Technologies


    Beaufort Mather Campus, Bldg. 14, Rm. 118


    Timothy Newsome

    Building Construction Instructor


    Beaufort Mather Campus, Bldg. 16, Rm. 121