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Programs >> Skilled Trades >> Construction Technology Program

Construction Technology Program in Aurora, CO

The Construction Technology training program at Pickens Technical College in Aurora includes both classroom instruction, as well as hands-on training at a building site.

The construction training includes classes in:

  • Blueprint reading
  • Cost estimating
  • Building codes and ordinances
  • Frame construction
  • Roof framing
  • Interior and exterior finishing
  • Hand tool and power tool use and safety

The following Construction Technology Certificates are available at Pickens Technical College:

  • Construction Technology Certificate
  • Advanced Methods Certificate

Career and job opportunities in Construction Technology include:

  • Cost estimators
  • Building inspectors
  • Construction managers
  • Trades positions (carpenters, masons, painters, electricians, HVAC mechanics, and more)

Please note: All students must ride the school bus from Pickens to the building site.



John Matthews, Construction Technology Instructor

Years Teaching: since 2017

Teaching Background: John has taught Vocational Construction at Conifer High School, and has been teaching the Construction Technology program at Pickens Technical College since 2018.

Years in Industry: 3 years

Industry Background: John served as Project Engineer and Assistant Superintendent for THS Constructors and Trehel Corporation in Clemson, SC. During this time he was responsible for jobsite supervision, scheduling, and coordination of subcontractors.

Industry Certifications and Degrees:

  • Bachelor’s of Science in Construction Science from Texas A&M University


Instructor Greg Shamburg

Years Teaching: 26 years

Teaching Background:
Greg Shamburg has 26 years of teaching experience at Pickens Technical College in Aurora CO, including 18 years Cabinetmaking, 12 years Construction Technology, 20 years Construction Supervisor and 1 year as TOSA Teacher Leader (Math). His industry background includes remodeling, room additions, new construction, framing and exterior finish. He also holds City of Aurora Contractors License and Class B Supervisors License. While at Pickens he has served as department chair, on the instructional leadership team, on the Colorado State Faculty Curriculum Committee and the Colorado Content Collaborative in Assessment Development. He has been involved with Math-in-CTE since 2008, having developed and implemented lessons for his own classrooms and leading other instructors in use of the model. Greg has also assisted with Math-in-CTE implementations in Rhode Island, Washington DC and Vermont.

Years in Industry: 10 years

Industry Background:
3 years Remodeling, Room Additions. 6 years New Construction, Framing and Exterior Trim

Certifications and Degrees:

  • City of Aurora Contractors License
  • City of Aurora Class B Supervisors License


Mr. Shamburg also serves on the Board for Child Rescue, Inc


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