Utility Construction Installer

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Utility Construction Installer

Technical Diploma

28 Credits | 1 Year

Financial Aid-Eligible

Rice Lake

Career Cluster: Transportation, Distribution and Logistics

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Utility Construction Installer can lead to a variety of career options in the utility services industry. Utility contractors and public municipalities of all sizes need a skilled workforce to install and maintain various utility systems including fiber optics, copper communications, electric, water/sewer, oil and natural gas pipelines.

Program Overview

The Utility Construction Installer program will introduce outside plant cabling practices, installed as aerial cable between poles in an underground conduit system or by direct burial. Students will understand the basic electricity, blue print reading and facility locating. Students will obtain CDL class A permit. They will practice basic construction practices techniques for outside plant services. Students will analyze work zone safety practices and receive an OSHA 10 permit.

Program Outcomes

Employers will expect Utility Construction Installer graduates to be able to:

  • Demonstrate safe practices and techniques
  • Perform site location and preparation
  • Perform construction practices
  • Apply basic electrical principles
  • Demonstrate customer service
  • Complete CDL-A licensure

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Project-based learning.

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Use current utility equipment.

A utility construction worker using the machinery that is used in the industry

Delayed start schedule of courses to assist contractors work schedule.


Academics

Utility Construction Installer classes start in October on the Rice Lake campus. Students of the program will obtain the hands-on training that employers in the industry are looking for in an applicant. 

One-Year Technical Diploma

After just two semesters, successful graduates of this program will be prepared with the entry-level skills needed to enter the utility workforce.

 

Career Pathways

Students will be able to be employed in a variety of careers in the utility industry. Graduates will also receive a CDL A License. 

Internship

Internships will provide students with on-the-job experience in actual work situations in utility construction services. These experiences strengthen student competencies through participation in a wide variety of occupational experiences, ranging from routine assignments to specialized work-related duties.


Curriculum

This program will introduce outside plant cabling practices, installed as aerial cable between poles in an underground conduit system or by direct burial. Students will understand the basic electricity, blue print reading and facility locating. Students will obtain CDL class A permit. They will practice basic construction practices techniques for outside plant services. Students will analyze work zone safety practices and receive an OSHA 10 permit. 

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Featured Utility Construction Installer Courses

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UGRD
| 4 CR
This course introduces the student to the safe use and care of construction equipment such as climbing equipment (belt/climbers), lashing equipment, and vibratory/backhoe. It will familiarize the student with both aerial and buried construction specifications and practices used in the broadband industry in the placement of coaxial, twisted pair, and optic cables.
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UGRD
| 2 CR
This course provides detailed information about the installation, structure, and components of electric, telephone, cable, gas, water, and wastewater utility systems. The module gives individuals a better understanding of how underground utility systems operate and work together with Diggers Hotline. This course will include the following general plant basics: utility system layouts, utility construction and installation methods, manholes and vaults, termination of facilities, aboveground indicators of buried facilities, abandon facilities, access points, and general print reading concepts.
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UGRD
| 3 CR
This is the first of three courses in the Truck Driving technical diploma. Become prepared for entry-level positions as a commercial driver and understand basic information about trucks and their operation. You will need to present your DOT physical (Fed-Med) card and drug test, CDL Permit (CLP) prior to enrolling in the course. If you need assistance with passing the CLP, refer to the CDL Theory course designed to help you prepare for the test.

Utility Construction Installer is Part of a Career Pathway

As a Utility Construction Installer student at WITC, you can earn credentials each step of the way!

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Technical Diploma
28 Credits / 1 Year
Potential Careers
Construction Technician, Light Equipment Operator, Lineman Technician, Heavy Equipment Truck Driver, Utility Locator, Copper and Fiber Optic Splicer
Range of Yearly Salary
N/A
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Continue your education to advance your skills.

Technical Diploma
55 Credits / 2 Years
Potential Careers
Construction Foreman, Construction Technician, Heavy Equipment Operator, Tractor Backhoe Operator, Directional Drill Operator, Light Equipment Operator, Construction Inspector, Lineman Technician, Utility Locator, Copper and Fiber Optic Splicer
Range of Yearly Salary
N/A
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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*

Utility Construction Installer

28 Credits | 1 Year

$4,444

Book costs are unavailable at this time. 


*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 Utility Construction Installer Program

Upon completion of the program, you will obtain a Utility Construction Installer 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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WITC's graduates experience success. Learn more about the types of careers you can get after graduation. 

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Gainful Employment

Established by the U.S. Department of Education, Gainful Employment is available to help you make an informed decision about which career to pursue. This required information shows data about how WITC's technical diploma programs that receive federal financial aid lead to gainful employment in recognized careers. 

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The PCCA Education & Research Foundation website allows members and their employees’ college-bound students to apply online for the new PCCA Scholarship Program. Scholarships of up to $10,000 are awarded each year to selected applicants.

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