Utility Construction Technician

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Utility Construction Technician

Unique in the state

Technical Diploma

33 Credits | 1 Year

Financial Aid-Eligible

Rice Lake

Career Cluster: Architecture and Construction

The next core start for Utility Construction Technician (Rice Lake) will be fall 2021. This program will be modified for the 2021-2022 academic year. Please contact the Rice Lake Campus Admissions Advisor if interested or have questions (link to advisor).


 

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 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 Technician 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 have the ability to obtain a 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 Technician 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
  • Analyze broadband principles
  • Demonstrate heavy equipment operation
  • Utilize construction plans
  • Perform preventative maintenance practices

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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

Hands-on-learning


Academics

Utility Construction Technician classes start in August 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.

 

Industry Certifications

Industry Certifications available to students include: WIS DOT Flagger Certification, OSHA10 Certification and ETA Fiber Optic Installer Certification. Students will also have the ability to obtain the CDL class A permit. 

Simulation Training

Students have the opportunity to utilize simulation training, including: Truck Driving, Excavator and Backhoe.


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 have the ability to obtain a 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. 

Explore the Curriculum

Featured Utility Construction Technician Courses

32476305
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UGRD
| 4 CR
This course introduces the student to buried construction practices used in the utility service industry. Students will safely use hardware components and the equipment used in industry for rigging and installation procedures. Students will operate skid steers, mini excavators and various other industry machinery in a construction site environment. Students will load and unload machinery to safety specifications and secure loads to meet DOT regulations.
32451370
|
UGRD
| 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.
30458304
|
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.

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 2020-21*

Utility Construction Installer

28 Credits | 1 Year

$4,702


*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 Technician 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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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.

Professional Licensure and/or Certification Information

WITC’s Utility Construction Technician program is designed to prepare students to obtain the required licensure to be employed/practice in the state of Wisconsin. However, WITC has not made a determination whether this program meets the requirements for preparation, examination, or licensure for states other than Wisconsin. Students who may be seeking professional licensure or certification in states other than Wisconsin should contact the appropriate licensing board in the state to verify that the WITC program meets licensure or certification requirements.

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Rice Lake Admissions Contact

Shawn Larson

Admissions Advisor

800.243.9482 ext. 5220

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Ashland Admissions Contact

Jennifer Bednarik

Admissions Advisor

800.243.9482 ext. 3195

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New Richmond Admissions Contact

Jodi Saliny

Admissions Advisor

800.243.9482 ext. 4339

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Superior Admissions Contact

Mary Glad

Admissions Advisor

800.243.9482 ext. 6243

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