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Building Trades/Residential Light Commercial

Building Trades/Residential Light Commercial

As many of the nation’s buildings age, an appreciation of their worth grows. With this renewed appreciation in the value of these treasures, there has grown a need for technicians knowledgeable in the rehabilitation and renovation field.

The Building Trades/Residential Light Commercial curriculum is a unique, hands-on and technical one-year certificate program. The objective is to produce graduates capable of renovating and updating structures. This curriculum features both classroom learning and on-site lab experiences. Specifically, in the classroom, students study techniques of renovation (contracting and project management), blueprint reading, electrical systems, carpentry, and estimating. While at an on-site location, students participate in a residential or multi-use renovation project.

Graduates of the program may assume positions with building restoration companies, general contractors, home inspectors, or trade apprentices. In addition, many graduates transfer their credit hours in the pursuit of an Associate in Building Management and Maintenance degree.

Program Competencies

Upon graduating with a Building Trades/Residential Light Commercial certificate, the graduate will be able to:

  • identify building components; electrical/ mechanical/ plumbing systems, construction material means and methods utilized in residential and commercial buildings;
  • demonstrate knowledge of multiple building trade and management procedures, tool usage, diagnostic preventive maintenance and safety practices; and
  • ability to estimate and schedule the labor, materials and equipment necessary to manage construction renovation-restoration project and facilities operations.


Total Degree Credits: 33.0

First Year, Fall Semester
BM 130 - Building Systems I Credit Hours: 3
BM 140 - Electrical Systems I Credit Hours: 3
BM 180 - Applied Mathematics and Estimating Credit Hours: 3
BR 100 - Building Trades Restoration Practicum I Credit Hours: 4
CO 120 - Architectural Blueprint Reading Credit Hours: 3

First Year, Spring Semester
BM 181 - Budget Control and Estimating Credit Hours: 4
BM 240 - Plumbing Systems Credit Hours: 3
BR 102 - Building Trades Restoration Practicum II Credit Hours: 4

BM ___ - Approved Technical Elective (Choose One Below) Credits Hours: 3

  • BM 102 - Building Trades Blueprint Reading
  • BM 231 - Building Systems II
  • BM 241 - Electrical Systems II
  • BM 281 - Facilities Maintenance & Environmental Topics

BM ___ - Approved Technical Elective (Choose One Below) Credits Hours: 3

  • BM 255 - Green Building Technology 
  • BM 266 - Green HVAC & Plumbing
  • BM 295 - Green Building Lab

Note: BR 100 and BR 102 are hands-on courses offered at building renovation sites throughout the local area.

Available At:

City Campus

Recommended H.S. Courses and/or Experiences:

Shop Courses Building Trade

Pre-Admission Recommendations:

HS or HSE Diploma

Career Opportunities/Further Education:

Building Restoration Companies, General Contractors, Home Inspectors, Trade Apprentice
Gainful Employment Information

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Engineering & Technologies
Building Trades

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Building Trades/Residential Light Commercial

Andrew Sako
City Campus
Room G57
121 Ellicott Street
Buffalo, NY 14203
P: (716) 851-1025