Program Description

The Residential Building Technical Diploma program provides practical, hands-on learning opportunities for students preparing to enter the construction industry. Learner responsibilities will include framing to finishing a site built new home. Learners will gain knowledge in “whole house” sustainable building practices. Upon completion of the home, a Focus on Energy consultant tests and rates the home for energy efficiency. The curriculum is infused with Focus on Energy standards and guidelines. The program house is built off campus. Students will be responsible for their own transportation to the job site. Potential occupations include: General Contractor, Residential Carpenter, Commercial Carpenter, Cabinet Installer, Roofing Contractor, Siding Contractor, Window/Door Installer, Finish Carpenter, Hardwood Floor Installer, HVAC Apprentice or entry into the Electrician, Plumber or Carpenter Apprenticeship programs.

Approximate Cost

$5,778
Tuition: $5347 , Books: $431

Starting Salary

$31,512
Average, according to Economic Modeling Specialists International

Financial Aid

Available

Availability

Courses for this program may be available at a variety of campus locations through multiple modes of delivery if you meet the admission requirements and prerequisites.

100%
at Wausau
< 10 %
at Antigo
< 10 %
at Medford
< 10 %
at Phillips
< 10 %
at Spencer
< 10 %
at Wittenberg
< 10 %
at Online

* Campus and online availability of courses and programs may be subject to change.

Outcomes

Graduates will be able to…

  • Demonstrate industry building practices and material application
  • Interpret building codes
  • Interpret construction drawings
  • Analyze sustainable building practices
  • Apply industry recognized safety practices and procedures
  • Use hand and power tools and equipment
  • Work as part of a team to accomplish a common goal
  • Behave and communicate in a professional manner
  • Obtain a State of Wisconsin Dwelling Contractor Qualifier Card
  • Obtain an OSHA 10-hour Construction Industry Card
  • Perform finish carpentry tasks with limited supervision
  • Demonstrate working knowledge of the trades associated with the construction industry
  • Perform structural framing assignments on a stick-built house with limited supervision
  • Analyze production documents to construct various building components
  • Demonstrate the safe and proper use of all tools and equipment used in the construction industry
  • Demonstrate job skills and knowledge for employment in the construction industry

Careers

Some of the potential careers graduates can pursue are:

  • Entry into the Electrical, Plumbing or Carpenter Apprenticeship programs
  • HVAC Apprentice
  • Hardwood Floor Installer
  • Finish Carpenter
  • Window/Door Installer
  • Siding Contractor
  • Roofing Contractor
  • Cabinet Installer
  • Commercial Carpenter
  • Residential Carpenter
  • General Contractor

Courses

The Residential Building Technical Diploma is a 32 Credit program. The following is a typical semester breakdown of the courses within the program.

First Term

RESIDENTIAL ELECTRICAL 1.00
BLUEPRINT READING & ESTIMATING 1.00
CONSTRUCTION SAFETY 1.00
SITE LAYOUT & FOUNDATION CONSTRUCTION 2.00
STRUCTURAL FRAMING 4.00
ADVANCED FRAMING AND SEALING 3.00
CONSTRUCTION METHODS 1 1.00
COMMERCIAL CONSTRUCTION 1.00
APPLIED TECH COMMUNICATION IN HUMAN RELATIONS 2.00

Second Term

RESIDENTIAL PLUMBING 1.00
SUSTAINABLE BUILDING 1 1.00
DWELLING CONTRACTOR QUALIFIER 1.00
MECHANICAL SYSTEMS HVAC 1 1.00
CONSTRUCTION METHODS 2 1.00
EXTERIOR FINISH 4.00
INTERIOR FINISH 4.00
TRADES CONSTRUCTION 2.00
APPLIED MATHEMATICS - CONSTRUCTION 1.00

Credit for Prior Learning Available

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Additional Information

Admissions Process

Our application process takes just a few minutes to complete, but we want to make sure you have the things you’ll need on hand to complete the application. We’re here to help if you have any questions while submitting your application.

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The application can be submitted online and takes just a few minutes to complete. A $30.00 non-refundable application fee is required. Pay at the time you apply or bypass to pay in person within a week of applying.

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What’s Next?

We’ll review your application and let you know if we need anything else. If you’re all set, your acceptance letter will be mailed to you.