Utility Construction Technician

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Utility Construction Technician

Unique in the State

Technical Diploma

55 Credits | 2 Years

Financial Aid-Eligible

Rice Lake

Career Cluster: Architecture and Construction

This program is currently not accepting applications. WITC's Admissions Advisors are available to answer your questions and add your name to a contact list for any future program updates. Contact an advisor here.

WITC is accepting applications for the Utility Construction Installer (one year) Technical Diploma program.


Utility Construction Technician 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 that install and maintain various utility systems including fiber optics, copper communications, electric, water/sewer, oil and natural gas pipelines. 

Program Overview

This program will prepare you to identify, operate and maintain underground utility construction heavy equipment including but not limited to tractor loader backhoe, cable plow, drop plow, excavators, horizontal directional drills and more. You will learn how to safely and efficiently operate, troubleshoot and maintain different utility systems and evaluate site plans and maps to the specific type of utility service. Renovation, modification and installation of underground utility services are all included in the curriculum. In addition to technical skills, you will also gain leadership and project management skills. 

Upon successful completion, you will understand underground power concepts and broadband services. 

Program Outcomes

Utility Construction Technician graduates will be able to:

  • Demonstrate safe practices and techniques
  • Perform site location and preparation
  • Perform construction practices
  • Apply basic electric principles
  • Demonstrate customer service
  • Complete CDL-A licensure
  • Analyze broadband principles
  • Install power cables to industry specifications
  • Demonstrate heavy equipment operation
  • Utilize construction plans
  • Perform preventative maintenance practices
  • Demonstrate supervision practices
  • Demonstrate project management practices

As a student,  you will work on the latest machinery and use the latest test gear used in the utility industry. You will practice basic construction practice techniques for outside plant services and will analyze work zone safety practices and receive your OSHA 10 permit. 

Utility Construction technician workers working onsite

Project-based learning.

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Use current utility equipment.

Utility construction technician using heavy equipment at a jobsite

Hands-on learning.


Utility Construction Technician classes start in August on the Rice Lake campus. You'll gain the hands-on skills that employers in the utility industry seek and will require minimal on-the-job training once you have secured employment in the field. 

Two-Year Technical Diploma

In two years, you will develop advanced skills along with project management and leadership skills that are beneficial in this industry.

Career Pathways

You will have multiple options for employment upon graduation. As a graduate, you will have the skills to work in a variety of positions within the utility industry. 


An internship embedded into the curriculum will provide you with on-the-job experience in actual work situations within 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.


This program will prepare you to identify, operate and maintain underground utility construction heavy equipment; safely and efficiently operate, troubleshoot and maintain different utility systems; evaluate site plans and maps to the specific type of utility service; renovation, modification and installation of underground utility services. 

Explore the Curriculum

Featured Utility Construction Technician Courses

| 3 CR
This course will introduce the students to industry specifications and practices for understanding fiber optic communication systems. Topics covered include fiber optic design, installation, test and maintenance for multimode and singlemode networks. This class will benefit those with little or no fiber experience.
| 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.
| 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 Technician is Part of a Career Pathway

As a Utility Construction Technician 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
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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
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Admissions and Tuition

WITC has a simple admission process that can be completed in one visit. To start the process, simply fill out an application form along with a $30 application fee. After you've successfully submitted your application, your next step is to schedule an admissions meeting with a WITC counselor to discuss your goals and expectations. That's it!

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*

Utility Construction Technician

55 Credits | 2 Years


*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 Technician Program

Upon completion of the program, you will obtain a:

  • Utility Construction Installer technical diploma
  • Utility Construction Technician technical diploma (two-year)
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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

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Rice Lake Admissions Contact

Shawn Larson

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

Mary Glad

Admissions Advisor

800.243.9482 ext. 6243


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