Construction Technology Students Gain Valuable Knowledge

Third-semester TSTC Building Construction Technology student Eddie Rodriguez (left) installs the exterior cladding of a shed for a class project while classmate Jesse Cisneros stands ready to help during a a recent lab session. (Photo courtesy of TSTC.)
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HARLINGEN, Texas – With every cut they make and every nail they drive in, students in Texas State Technical College’s Building Construction Technology program reap benefits that can have a profound impact on their future careers.

Third semester students Jesse Cisneros and Eddie Rodriguez learned about various components involved in building a shed which is one of the program’s lab projects.

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Hector Rosa, a building construction technology instructor, said the goal is for students to learn some of what goes into building a residential structure.

“This shows how to install a floor joist and backer plates designed to withstand the roof and wall loads of a residential home,” Rosa said. “The construction of the hangar is divided into sections that respond to the results of our courses. The project takes three semesters to complete.

In the first semester, students focus on foundation and become familiar with foundation terminology. In the second semester, they proceed to the framework of the walls and the roof. In the third semester, students focus on the application of windows, doors, roofing materials, and siding.

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Jesse Cisneros, from Harlingen, is studying for an Associate of Applied Science degree in the program. He said the project was engaging.

“The part of the process that I enjoyed was putting shingles on a roof and applying the coating, because it all involves a hands-on approach,” he said. “During the process, we are able to learn more from our instructors through their leadership. They assigned us a particular job so that we understand what it entails. »

Cisneros said there are benefits that apply to his future career.

“I worked in construction last summer in Florida, and an industry professional told me that I could get a general contractor’s license after I got an associate’s degree in applied science from that program. “, did he declare. “I’m excited about what’s on the horizon, especially the opportunities the Building Construction Technology degree offers potential employers.”

Eddie Rodriguez is also studying for an Associate of Applied Science degree in building construction technology.

The Brownsville resident said he enjoyed the multiple processes involved in the shed.

“My favorite part was trying to learn framing,” he said. “For me, that was the most difficult to understand.”

Rodriguez said he and his classmates were working on various aspects of the projects.

“Being able to find out how everyone is progressing is ideal,” he said. “The instructors assigned us a different role each time. The collaboration was excellent with my classmates.

Rosa said the students encountered obstacles along the way.

“The students measured the cutting material incorrectly, and it takes time to understand where the mistakes were made,” he said. “By providing students with feedback, they are able to come up with a plan on how to solve the problem.”

Frontline supervisors of construction trades and mining workers can earn an average annual salary of $62,390, according to, which projects these positions will grow 23% in the state through 2030. .

TSTC offers an Associate of Applied Science degree in Building Construction Technology, a Certificate of Completion in Building Construction – Craftsman, and a Level 1 Building Inspection Professional Skills Achievement Award at its campuses in Harlingen and from Waco.

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