• Building Technology

  • House Framing

    Building Technology:  Residential

    Students in this program will get hands-on experience that involves:

    • Construction safety and hand /power tool qualification
    • Blueprint reading and building codes
    • Excavation / Site layout
    • Foundations / Concrete
    • Framing floors, walls, roofs and rafter layout
    • Construction fasteners and adhesives
    • Construction math / estimating
    • Roofing, siding, hardwood flooring and tile
    • Cabinet installation and interior trim
    • Door and window installation
    • Green and energy efficient home building

    An intense and rigorous program that will prepare students if they choose a career in the building trades.

  • Timber Framing

    Building Technology:  Systems

    Students in this program will get hands-on experience that involves:

    • Basic electrical training
    • Plumbing / HVAC
    • Concrete
    • Timber framing 
    • Historical preservation
    • Excavation / Site layout
    • Cabinet making
    • Woodshop equipment
    • Hand and Power Tools
    • Construction Math / Estimating
    • Creative problem solving

    Career work experience positions in for students interested in the building trades.

Program Options

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    CTE Building Technology students are offered a unique opportunity to experience building trades training by choosing one of two program pathways:

    • Residential Building or
    • Building Systems

    High School students in the program will receive

    • 1 Math Credit
    • 1 Science Credit
    • Up to 4 Elective Credits

Program Certifications

  • Residential 

    • OSHA-10
    • SP2, Safety & Pollution training
    • CPR & First Aid


    • OSHA-10
    • OSHA-30
    • Hilti, Power Actuated Tool, Qualified Operator 
    • SP2, Safety & Pollution training
    • AGC, Fall Protection, Confined Space, Focus Four & Construction Industry Performance
    • Essex Rescue, CPR & First Aid


  • electrical work Dual Enrollment Opportunities

    Students who graduate from the program with a grade point average of 85 or higher are eligible for acceptance into Vermont Technical College’s Construction Practices and Management Associate Degree Program and may receive up to five credits toward their degree at VTC. 

    Students demonstrating advanced skills are eligible for various apprenticeship programs offered through this program.  Some students may enroll in licensed apprenticeship courses of study for electricians and plumbers accredited through the Vermont Department of Labor. 

    All students at the Center for Technology, Essex may seek eligibility for enrollment at a variety of college level courses offered through Champlain College, University of Vermont and the Community College of Vermont.  Each course provides students an opportunity to earn three college credits – many of which are accepted by other colleges and universities.

    Career Experiences

    • Work-based Learning
    • School-Work Cooperative Opportunities
    • Apprenticeships