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Construction and Technical



Santa Fe College’s Construction and Technical Programs provide a wide range of opportunities to enhance your current employment or prepare you for a career in an industrial occupation such as construction, automotive service, HVAC, welding, electrical, plumbing or carpentry. Upon completion of your Construction and Technical program, you will be a skilled or semi-skilled worker in one of these areas. Many of the Construction and Technical programs are housed in SF’s Charles R. Perry Construction Institute (Building O) on the Northwest Campus. The Perry Construction Institute provides a laboratory and shop setting to develop your skills, hands-on. In addition to practical training, traditional classroom work includes technical-related theory, safety, mathematics, and science.

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Certificates and Degrees Defined Vocational Certificate (VC) The Vocational Certificate (VC) is a program of instruction consisting of postsecondary adult vocational courses to prepare students for entry into employment. The VC does not require 60 credit hours of college course work. However, students must meet specific basic skills requirements in English, mathematics, and writing. The VC certificate typically takes 6 months to 2 years to complete.

Associate of Science (A.S.) The A.S. degree program is designed to get you ready for a career, but in some cases such as nursing, may transfer to a bachelor’s program. A.S. programs are a good balance of general education coursework and hands-on training with the end goal of preparing you to enter the workforce with a competitive skill set.


PROGRAMS OFFERED • Construction Technology • Automotive Service Management Technology • Automotive Service Technology • Air Conditioning, Refrigeration, and Heating Service Technology • Applied Welding Technology • Apprenticeship Programs in Electrical, Plumbing, HVAC and Carpentry

CONSTRUCTION Technology Associate of Science Degree (A.S.) The Construction Technology program prepares you for a career as a construction superintendent, project developer/manager, construction office manager, estimator or construction supervisor.

Time to completion: Six semesters | Average salary: $36,000

Automotive Service Management Technology Associate of Science Degree (A.S.) The Automotive Service Management Technology Program prepares you for a career as an automotive service technician or an automotive service writer.

Time to completion: Six semesters | Average salary: $37,000


Air Conditioning, Refrigeration and Heating Technology Vocational Certificate (VC) The Air Conditioning, Refrigeration and Heating Technology certificate program prepares you for a career as a heating and A/C contractor, refrigeration service tech, or a maintenance career in an apartment complex, hotel, hospital or school.

Time to completion: Four semesters | Average salary: $37,000

Automotive Service Technology VOCATIONAL CERTIFICATE (VC) The Automotive Service Technology Program certificate program prepares you for a career as an automotive service technician.

Time to completion: Six semesters | Average salary: $37,000

Applied Welding Technologies Vocational Certificate (VC) The Applied Welding Technologies certificate program prepares you for a career as a welder, pipe welder or fabricator.

Time to completion: Four semesters | Average salary: $34,000 4

Apprenticeship Programs The apprenticeship program at SF is sponsored by the Builders Association of North Central Florida. Apprenticeships are available in Electrical, HVAC, Plumbing and Carpentry. If you are already working in one of these fields, an apprenticeship gives you the opportunity to learn the technical aspects of your trade in the classroom while applying your skills on the job, and you will earn a guaranteed wage. During your apprenticeship, your average salary is about $25,000, but upon completion, the average salary range is $35-40,000.

Time to completion: • Carpentry, two years • Plumbing, HVAC, and Electrical, four years



Construction Graduates lay the foundation for the gator nation Graduates of Santa Fe College’s Building Construction Technology program are helping build the Gator Nation in Gainesville and beyond. Locally, construction graduates and apprentices are laying the physical foundation to the Gator Nation, working on projects such as the Warrington College of Business expansion on UF’s campus. An A.S. degree in Building Construction Technology gives graduates the technical skills required in the industry, blended with management training. Graduates are comfortable both in the office environment and on the job site. According to graduate survey data from 2013, 82 percent of graduates entered the workforce upon graduation in construction related fields, many of them staying close to home, working on projects like the new Springhill expansion on 39th Avenue, directly across from SF’s Northwest Campus.


phone directory Main Number Director: Jane Parkin Advisor: Tom Mason Apprenticeships: Justin MacDougall LOCATION: Charles R. Perry Construction Institute Building O, Room 217 3000 NW 83rd Street Gainesville, FL 32606

OFFICE HOURS: Mon - Fri, 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

BUILDING HOURS Mon - Fri, 8 a.m. - 7:30 p.m.


352-395-5361 352-395-5363 352-395-5362 352-395-5251

EA/EO & Accreditation Notice of Equal Access/Equal Opportunity and Nondiscrimination Santa Fe College is committed to an environment that embraces diversity, respects the rights of all individuals, is open and accessible, and is free of harassment and discrimination based on, but not limited to, ethnicity, race, creed, color, religion, age, disability, sex, marital status, national origin, genetic information, political opinions or affiliations, and veteran status in all its programs, activities and employment. EA/EO notice Inquiries regarding non-discrimination policies should be directed to: Lela Frye, Equal Access/Equal Opportunity Coordinator 3000 NW 83rd Street, R-Annex, Room 105, Gainesville, Florida 32606, (352) 395-5420, SACSCOC Accreditation Statement Santa Fe College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award associate and baccalaureate degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Santa Fe College. The purpose for publishing the Commission’s address and contact numbers is to enable interested constituents (1) to learn about the accreditation status of Santa Fe College, (2) to file a third-party comment at the time of Santa Fe’s decennial review, or (3) to file a complaint against Santa Fe College for alleged non-compliance with a standard or requirement. To find out more about the college’s accreditation status, visit the SACSCOC website and type in Santa Fe College in the Search By Institution Name or Keyword search box. To learn more about college admission requirements, financial aid, educational programs, etc., please contact Santa Fe directly.


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Construction and Technical Programs Brochure (2014)  

Construction and Technical Programs Brochure (2014)