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Construction Program Description


A.S. Construction
A.S. Construction, Building Performance and Energy Assessment
A.S. – Construction, Building Performance and Energy Assessment

Certificate of Achievement

Construction Program Disclosure

Certificate of Proficiency

Construction Pre-Apprenticeship

Program Description

The Construction Technology programs at CRC are preparing students for work in new construction, remodel, and energy auditing industries. Course offerings include everything from entry level trades courses, all the way to national certification. Students will train at the college, and at real jobsites. Traditional building practices are covered, but advanced framing techniques, energy efficiency, health and safety, and sustainability are emphasized.

The Construction Pre-Apprenticeship courses focus on new construction, carpentry, and other building trades. Students learn about the tools and techniques used to construct new homes, and gain skills in print reading and layout. They are also introduced to green building methods and materials. The Building Performance and Energy Assessment courses shift that focus to analyzing existing homes.

The Weatherization and Building Performance and Energy Assessment industries are helping families reduce their energy burden, while maintaining comfort and safety. Our students learn the national standard and protocols for energy auditing, combustion appliance safety, and energy modeling. Successful students are prepared to take the national certification exams for building analysts and energy auditors.

Course offerings are intended to promote career ladders for those just entering the industry, as well as industry professionals looking to stay current. There are multiple certificates and degree options and inter-related disciplines at the college, including Construction Management and Building Inspection Technology.

Career Opportunities

  • General Contractor
  • Estimators
  • Construction Supervisors
  • Material Salespersons
  • Four year Apprenticeship
  • Building Inspector
  • Energy Auditor
  • Project Manager
  • Weatherization Technician
  • Building Performance Contractor
  • Certified Energy Plans Examiner
  • Energy Consultant
  • Building & Construction Tradesperson

Some Career Opportunities may require more than two years of college study. Classes beyond the associate degree may be required to fulfill some Career Opportunities or for preparation for transfer to a university program.


  • Articulation agreements for transfer to specific four-year institutions
  • Field trips to a variety of new and existing construction structures for study and appreciation
  • Affiliation with Sacramento Habitat for Humanity

Note to Transfer Students:
If you are interested in transferring to a four-year college or university to pursue a bachelor’s degree in this major, it is critical that you meet with a CRC counselor to select and plan the courses for your major. Schools vary widely in terms of the required preparation. The courses that CRC requires for an associate’s degree in this major may be different from the requirements needed for the bachelor’s degree.

For information about the student learning outcomes for this program, see