Building Trades Construction Worker

Building Trades Construction Worker video

Program Number: 31-475-2
School Year: 2014-2015
Technical Diploma (1 year)
Campus: West Bend

Program Description

The Building Trades Construction Worker technical diploma program provides theoretical and hands-on applications in developing skills needed to successfully enter the construction/building trades industry. This program goes through the entire process of building a residential and commercial building. Areas of emphasis include building fundamentals; framing and finish carpentry; print reading; thermography; trade-specific mathematics; estimating; building and site layout; plumbing, HVAC, and electrical applications; masonry; carpentry; tool use; computer literacy; first aid; safety; and green practices in the construction field and communications. Graduates may consider entering a state-approved apprenticeship program coordinated through the Department of Workforce Development, Bureau of Apprenticeship Standards or directly enter the construction industry.

Approximate Costs

  • $125.85 per credit (resident)
  • $188.80 per credit (out-of-state resident)
  • *Online students are not charged out-of-state fees.

Program Outcomes

  • Apply construction theory to building applications.
  • Explore trade opportunities.
  • Identify construction materials, applications, and safety procedures.
  • Interpret building codes.
  • Interpret construction drawings.
  • Investigate and apply green construction and energy conservation practices.
  • Investigate electrical, plumbing, and HVAC theory and safety.
  • Operate construction-related tools.
  • Perform construction trades mathematics applications.
  • Practice construction safety principles.
  • Troubleshoot and maintain small engine operation.
  • Use measurement and layout tools.
  • Work in a team setting.

Career Opportunities

  • Appraisals
  • Apprentice Carpenter
  • Apprentice Electrician
  • Apprentice Plumbing or Mechanical Trades
  • Cabinet/Furniture Making
  • Careers in Green/Sustainability Industry Including Weatherization
  • Construction Estimator
  • Residential Home Inspection
  • Retail and Wholesale Construction Sales
  • Skilled Building Trades Worker

Admission Process

  • Submit the college admission application.   
  • Submit the $30 one-time fee.   
  • Submit high school and other official college transcripts.   
  • Take the college assessment test (ACCUPLACER, ACT or other). The ACCUPLACER assessment can be taken at MPTC.   
  • Meet with Academic Advisor to discuss order of courses and prerequisites (required for this program).   
  • Check with Admissions if any additional steps are required.   

Please visit the Admissions page for general information.

Gainful Employment

The information below is provided as a federal requirement in an effort to help students make informed educational decisions. Specifically, Gainful Employment aims to provide information related to future potential debt burden in comparison to the expected earnings in a chosen program or field.

Gainful Employment Data

Program under review. Not accepting applications at this time.


Number Title Crs
Term 1
103-159 **Computer Literacy - Microsoft Office 1
475-350 Safety Applications 2
475-351 Building Trades Fundamentals 5
475-352 Framing Construction 5
475-356 Concrete Masonry Applications 2
804-360 Occupational Mathematics 1 2
890-101 **College 101 2
Total 19
Term 2
461-321 Job Site Small Engine Maintenance and Repair 1
475-353 Exterior Finish 5
475-354 Interior Finish 5
475-355 Building Trades Mechanical Systems 3
801-310 Occupational Communication 2
Total 16
Total Program Credits and Institutional Requirements 35

Exit Assessment

A checklist and interview are the exit assessment graduation requirements for the program.

Institutional Requirements

** The credits for 103-159 Computer Literacy-Microsoft Office and 890-101 College 101 are Institutional Requirements for graduation. Consequently, they are not part of the program credit requirements.

Academic Planner

Transfer Opportunities

Check out the Credit Transfers page for more information.

Additional Information

Note: Students will need to provide basic hand tools.