Associate of Applied Science (AAS), Construction Management

Certificate of Applied Science (CAS), Construction Technology

Do you want to be part of an exciting career field with consistently high demand for qualified job applicants?  Learn the necessary skills to enter or advance within the construction industry.  Experience the satisfaction of knowing you are providing an essential service to the local community and see the tangible results of your efforts.  Participants in City College’s Construction Management Program will learn how to take construction projects from the planning stages through to successful completion.  You will even be involved with building a tiny home right here on campus! 

In the one-year certificate Construction Technology program, students will learn the basics of home construction including framing, roofing, siding, drywall, painting, and trim carpentry through hands-on experience in our construction lab.  This technical training will be combined with classroom instruction in essential business management and project planning skills including accounting, entrepreneurship, blueprint reading, estimating, and other basic aspects of construction project management. 

The second year provides an opportunity for students to explore deeper into more advanced project management. Students also build upon their technical skills with advanced instruction in business management, project planning and coordination, and construction estimating.  The combination of these skills will prepare students for advancement from the front lines of construction into management positions and can also provide a pathway to successful small business ownership.

Launch your construction management career at City College!

Construction - Carpenters

Median Wage (MT)** $39,900 yearly
  $19.18 per hour

Median Wage (US)** $43,600 yearly

$20.96 per hour

Expected growth (MT)**  29%
Expected growth (US)**  6%


 Construction - Managers

Median Wage (MT)** $76,460 yearly

$36.76 per hour

Median Wage (US)**  $89,300

Expected growth (MT)**  2%
Expected growth (US)**  11%

**Bureau of Labor Statistics, Office of Employment Projections; MT Dept. of Labor and Industry, Research and Analysis Bureau; (projections through 2024)

  Graduate Placement Data 


Graduates of the City College Construction Program will find varied employment opportunities and will be prepared for career advancement in a variety of settings such as

  • Carpenter or Construction Foreperson
  • Construction Estimator or Project Manager
  • Construction General Contractor or Specialty Contractor
  • Building Material Supplier


  • First-time college students must have high school diplomas from an accredited high school, a GED/HiSET, or passed the MSUB Readiness Exam offered through our university.
  • Transfer students will need to submit records from all regionally accredited institutions.
 Montana State University Billings is accredited by the Northwest Commission of Colleges and Universities (NWCCU).
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A student may exit this program after completing two semesters and receive a Certificate of Applied Science (CAS) in Construction Technology. If you are looking to further develop your business and construction management skills, improve your communication and networking abilities, and learn more about estimating, scheduling, and project coordination, City College offers an Associate of Applied Science degree (AAS) in Construction Management.


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Students who earn an AAS degree and want to further their education and thus, career, are able to go on for a Bachelor of Applied Science (BAS) Degree through MSU Billings. Students can focus on various thematic concentrations to earn the BAS degree.  Contact the MSU Billings Advising Center at 406-657-2240 for further details.

Q: What are some of the skills covered in the program?
A:  Both first year and second year students will experience a combination of hands-on learning in the lab setting and classroom instruction.

During the first year, students will learn:      

  • How to safely operate hand and power tools and equipment commonly used in residential and light commercial construction. 
  • How to read and interpret blueprints and construction drawings and how to build a structure from those documents.
  • How to successfully complete many construction tasks including framing, roofing, siding, drywall, and trim carpentry. 
  • How to create basic material takeoffs and cost estimates for materials and labor. 
  • How to read, understand, and apply current building codes.

Second-year students will learn more advanced skills needed for construction-related business ownership and will be provided with more in-depth instruction in various estimating methods and resources for project management.

Q: Is this program hands-on?
A:  Both first-year and second-year students will spend significant time in the construction lab developing and improving their technical skills.  In addition to hands-on elements, the construction program includes classroom work to help build a strong understanding of how the construction industry works along with general education and business courses to help you not only land your dream job, but also continue growing within your chosen field. 

Q: Do I have to purchase my own tools?
A: Along with appropriate worksite attire, students are expected to provide a few basic hand tools for use during lab sessions.  Other equipment and power tools are provided by City College.  Please visit the Tool Room Website for more information on tool requirements. 

Q: When can I start the program?
A:  The core construction classes begin in the fall semester of each year.  However, for a student looking to get a head start on the program, the general education courses and a limited number of management courses are available in the spring and summer.