Building Construction Technology, Pre-Apprentice

Building Construction Technology, Pre-Apprentice

Potential earnings range:
Per year after graduation

Are you interested in the construction field and solving problems? Thrive in hands-on environments and pay attention to details? 

Then you may be a good fit for Job Corps’ Building Construction Technology, Pre-Apprentice training program. Pre-apprenticeships are focused on preparing students for a successful experience in a registered apprenticeship program. That means your hands-on training will be based on industry standards in order to prepare you for high-skill, quality employment. 

On the job, you will ...

  • Maintain and repair machines, mechanical equipment, flooring, plumbing, electrical systems and HVAC systems, usually in large buildings  
  • Diagnose issues and decide the best way to fix them 
  • Use blueprints and meet with clients to estimate repairs or costs 
  • Be expected to be organized and keep detailed records of your work 

Some of the career options you will have ...

Most Building Construction Technology graduates go to work for commercial buildings, schools or residential complexes as a building and grounds supervisor, facilities director, field operations manager, and space planning and logistics leader.   

Building Construction Technology workers spend most of the workday on their feet, overseeing the general condition of a building. Most of these workers are employed full time, while others work evening and weekend shifts or are on call for emergency repairs. 

The credentials you will earn ...

In the Building Construction Technology, Pre-Apprentice training program, you will earn industry-recognized credentials from the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB).  

Students should also earn a state-issued learner’s permit and driver’s license upon completion of the program.  

What you’ll need to start training ...

  • Have a high school diploma or equivalent (can be earned at all Job Corps centers) 
  • Completion of all introductory and career preparation courses 
  • Passing scores on all written and performance tests 
  • Meet academic (math and reading) requirements
  • Compliance with state requirements that may involve a criminal background check, and completion of a training program meeting federal content requirements 
* Salary information comes from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment and Wage Statistics Program and is provided for planning purposes only. Actual salary will depend on student skill level, credentials earned, experience level and location.
Meet your instructors

Meet your instructors

Joseph Ryan
Joseph Ryan
Joseph Ryan Building Construction Technology instructor at Joliet Job Corps Center, is a certified electrician. He graduated from Local Union 134 International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers joint apprenticeship training program in 2000. Joseph is now a Building Industry Consulting Services International-certified installer, has been an authorized OSHA trainer since 2010 and has been teaching Electrical courses at Joliet Job Corps for over a decade.  
Mr. Bautista
Mr. Bautista
Mr. Bautista Building Construction Technology instructor at Joliet Job Corps Center since 2019, has been a union carpenter since the ’70s. He worked in the field for 10 years, then became a carpenter with the Chicago Transit Authority, where he was employed for over 30 years. Mr. Bautista is proficient in five different trades and can easily work as a journeyman in those trades.