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Alumnus Frank Opatik

Engineering, Vice President, Wausau Homes

More than 40 years after earning his degree in residential design, Frank Opatik’s NTC education has come full circle. Now retired from Wausau Homes, where he spent his entire career, he shares his wealth of experience by serving as chairman of NTC’s Residential Design and Residential Building Systems Advisory Board.

“I want to be involved with NTC because this is where my career got its start and I want to give something back,” Opatik said. “With my experience, I feel I can contribute to make the programs very progressive and help them keep up with the needs of the industry.”

Opatik grew up on the family farm near Ashland, Wisconsin, and inherited his love of building—and his work ethic—from his father. “In addition to farming, my father was also a carpenter,” noted Opatik. “I worked with him on several jobs, and decided I wanted to get into the design aspect of home building.” Opatik signed up for the Residential Design program at NTC, moved to Wausau, and obtained a part-time job at Wausau Homes to help pay for his education.

“My job at Wausau Homes was a perfect fit for my classes at NTC, and I went full-time after graduation,” said Opatik, who graduated in January 1967 with the distinguished Alpha Sigma Lambda award.

While working as an engineering technician, Opatik earned his license as a registered professional engineer from the state of Wisconsin. He also holds licenses in five other states. With his knowledge, drive and skill, Opatik advanced into engineering and architectural positions with Wausau Homes, and eventually became company vice president.

Opatik retired in 2008, and enjoys spending time with Joyce, his wife of 40 years; their children Stephen and Carrie, and two granddaughters. He also enjoys golfing, fishing, hunting, and—not surprisingly—woodworking.

Opatik participated in many professional organizations, and served as Chairperson of the Wisconsin Uniform Dwelling Code Council, Department of Commerce, a position he was appointed to by Governor Doyle.


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