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Construction Essentials

Technical Diploma

9 Credits | Less than 1 year

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Career Cluster: Architecture and Construction

The Construction Essentials program will provide you with the basic knowledge and skills necessary for entry-level job success in the construction field.

Program Overview

You will find entry-level job success with an opportunity to build your knowledge, skills and professionalism to further your career. Students will learn the basic fundamentals of construction framing and drafting along with print reading and math concepts related to construction. Safety principles and the use of hand and power tools will be covered.

Program Outcomes

Construction Essentials graduates will be able to:

  • Use hand and power tools and equipment
  • Apply industry recognized safety practices and procedures
  • Interpret construction drawings
  • Demonstrate industry building practices and material application
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For more information on this program, scheduled sites and how to apply, email Eric Lockwood, Project Manager of Continuing Ed or call 715-246-6561 ext. 4297.

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Offered at off-campus sites to increase training opportunities for high school students.

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Building layouts and framing competencies are applied in the classroom through hands-on learning. 

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You will learn to visualize structures, elevations, views, details and sections from drawings. 


You will learn the fundamentals of construction framing and drafting along with print reading and math concepts. Safety principles and the use of hand and power tools will also get you on your way towards your career.

Experienced Instructors

You'll learn from industry-respected instructors who have worked in the industry for years.

Fundamental Skills

You will learn construction framing and drafting to meet Wisconsin State Code and print reading and math related to the construction field.

Career Pathways

Earn credentials every step of the way! You can complete this course and continue your education to obtain the Construction and Cabinetmaking two-year technical diploma to advance your skills. 


This program focuses on construction framing and print reading to get you familiar with the basics of the construction industry.

Explore the Curriculum

Featured Construction Essentials Courses

| 4 CR
This is a lab/shop applications course that covers the operations required in building layout, and the framing of floors and walls to meet Wisconsin State Code. Competencies are learned through actual hands-on applications. COREQUISITES: 32410339 Print Reading for Building Construction, and 32804355 Math 355.
| 2 CR
This course provides instruction in reading and interpreting shop drawings, residential drawings, and commercial building plans. Emphasis is placed on building terminology and learning conventional techniques of communicating building methods from the designer to the builder. Students learn to visualize the structure and to interpret elevations, plan views, details, and sections from drawings. They also learn to read and interpret building specifications.
| 3 CR
This technical diploma course begins with a short review of basic arithmetic skills and continues with the application of these skills. Problem solving involving fractional and decimal dimensions is emphasized. The course also includes introductory algebra with emphasis on utilization of formulas including work with signed numbers. First-degree equation solution is also emphasized. PREREQUISITE: Established score on placement assessment or COREQUISITE:
76854750 Math Foundations for Trades.

Construction Essentials is Part of a Career Pathway

As a Construction Essentials student at WITC, you can earn credentials each step of the way. 

You could take this first and get a credential.

Construction Essentials

Technical Diploma
9 Credits / 1 Year Part Time
Potential Careers
Construction Worker, Construction/ Carpenter Laborer, Carpenter Assistant, Carpentry Framer POTENTIAL STARTI
Average Starting Wage
$31,741 annually
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Continue your education to advance your skills.

Construction and Cabinetmaking

Technical Diploma
65 Credits / 2 Years Full Time
Potential Careers
Carpenter (Construction), Woodworking Machine Operator, Furniture Finisher, Millperson, Machine Setup Person, Cabinetmaker, Wood Machinist, Salesperson, Estimator, Draftsperson, Material Handling Specialist
Average Starting Wage
$42,307 annually
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Construction and Cabinetmaking Bachelor's Degree

Potential Careers
Concrete Foreman, Construction Area Manager, Construction Foreman, Construction Manager, Construction Superintendent, General Contractor, Job Superintendent, Project Executive, Project Manager, Project Superintendent
Average Starting Wage
$35,090–$64,438 annually

Admissions and Tuition

WITC has a simple three-step admissions process that can be completed in one visit. Fill out the application form either online or at a campus, complete an assessment and meet with a WITC counselor. In the meeting, you'll discuss your goals and the counselor will make sure you're getting the most out of your education and the best bang for your buck.

Tuition and Fees

WITC breaks down the cost of education, so you'll have a good idea of how much your education will cost.

Financial Aid

Financial aid is available to help you pay for your education. It can come in the form of grants, loans, federal work study, military and veterans benefits, division of vocational rehabilitation benefits and scholarships. 

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Estimated Total Program Costs*

Construction Essentials

9 Credits | Less than 1 year


$1,400 In Tuition and Fees

*Tuition is an estimate and does not include any miscellaneous fees for various courses, tools, books, supplies or uniforms. Program book costs are in addition to tuition and fees and vary depending on course selection and where the books are purchased or rented. 

After the WITC Construction Essentials Program

Upon completion of the program, you will obtain a Construction Essentials technical diploma. 

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Transfer Options

Transfer your WITC credits to a four-year college in Wisconsin to obtain your bachelor's degree and beyond. 

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Career Outlooks

WITC's graduates experience success. Learn more about the types of careers you can get after graduation.

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Rice Lake Admissions Contact

Sara Eckstein

Admissions Advisor

800.243.9482 ext. 5220


Ashland Admissions Contact

Jennifer Bednarik

Admissions Advisor

800.243.9482 ext. 3195


New Richmond Admissions Contact

Jodi Saliny

Admissions Advisor

800.243.9482 ext. 4339


Superior Admissions Contact

Cindy Miller

Admissions Advisor

800.243.9482 ext. 6243


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