Residential Building Technical Diploma | Northcentral Technical College

Residential Building

Technical Diploma

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.

program at a Glance

Residential Building 32 Credit Technical Diploma

Formats Offered

On-Campus Availability

  • Wausau Fully Available
  • Antigo General Studies Only
  • Medford General Studies Only
  • Phillips General Studies Only
  • Spencer General Studies Only
  • Wittenberg General Studies Only

Approximate Cost

$6,650 (Tuition: $5899, Books: $751)

Average Starting Salary

$31,221 According to Economic Modeling Specialists International.

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program Outcomes

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

Potential Careers

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

Course List

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Course List

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This program offers opportunities for you to test out of classes by demonstrating your learning from past work or life experiences.

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Transfer Opportunities

Credits earned at NTC may transfer to four-year colleges and universities. Visit for a complete listing of transfer opportunities for this program.

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