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Our recent graduates of this program reported an average starting salary of $52,980.
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Construction and Remodeling
Program Number: 314106
Your Degree:
Technical Diploma
Area of Study:
Construction, Manufacturing and Maintenance
Delivery Method:
100% In Person
Estimated Time to Complete:
32 Credits | Finish diploma in 1 year
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  • Program Overview

    Construction and Remodeling program students at Madison College come from all walks of life, but they all share an interest in learning the most current construction techniques for completing projects small to large, rough to refined. After completing the Construction and Remodeling program, graduates go on to employment in all areas of the construction industry,from commercial to residential, new construction to remodeling.

    As a Construction and Remodeling student, you will

    • Learn hands-on how to complete a project from prints and specifications.
    • Understand site preparation, layout and foundations.
    • Practice framing floors, walls, ceilings and roofs and related carpentry tasks.
    • Install shingles, windows, doors, stairs, exterior trim, siding, cabinets and interior trim.
    • Gain experience working in all phases of home construction including estimating materials, understanding building codes and maintaining tools and equipment.
    • Prepare for a career in residential construction, remodeling, and commercial construction.

    Program Details

    Students in the Construction and Remodeling program can attend full or part time.

    Women and minorities are highly encouraged to apply since our program has a diverse staff including two female instructors.

    Night Classes are Available!
    Fundamentals of Construction- Spring semesters
    Introduction to Construction - Fall semesters

    Construction and Remodeling Program classes are offered at our Commercial Avenue campus in Madison.

    Visit us on Facebook and YouTube to learn more about our Construction and Remodeling program.

    Construction Careers

    Earning your technical diploma in the Construction and Remodeling program at Madison Area Technical College prepares you for valuable work as:

    • Rough/Finish Carpenter
    • Remodeler
    • Product Sales Representative
    • Estimator

    With additional education and/or work experience, graduates may find employment as:

    • Master Carpenter
    • Supervisor
    • Head Estimator
    • Teacher
    • Inspector

    Madison College's Wood Technics Department is an active member in the following organizations:


    Madison College construction and remodeling students
    Learn carpentry while building a home
  • Curriculum and Experience

    Prospective program students, the information below reflects the basic requirements for students admitted for the 2024-2025 academic year. To learn more about Madison College, visit us.

    Current and newly admitted program students, go directly to your Degree Progress Report to view:

    • Progress toward your specific requirements
    • Alternative (in lieu of) courses to meet specific requirements

    If you have questions after reviewing your degree progress report (advisement report), please see Advising Services.

    First Semester
    5 credits
    2 credits
    1 credit
    5 credits
    1 credit
    1 credit
    (Note: Program evening students take 31-410-399 Fundamentals of Construction in place of 31-410-410 and 31-410-411.)
    2 credits
    Second Semester
    5 credits
    2 credits
    1 credit
    (Note: Program evening students take 31-410-399 Fundamentals of Construction in place of 31-410-410 and 31-410-411.)
    1 credit
    Course Selectives (3 credits required)
    Select 3 courses from the Course Selectives list below. (Recommended during second semester in program.)
    3 credits
    1 credit
    1 credit
    1 credit
    new graduate in hard hat receiving diploma
    • Careers in construction provide family supporting wages and benefits.

    • Feel the satisfaction that comes with seeing what you’ve built.

    • Our carpentry instructors have over 100 years of building experience. 

  • Admission

    To Apply

    Earning a degree is a great way to advance your career development opportunities, so apply today!

    International students who wish to apply for, maintain, or transfer their F-1 student visa status to Madison College are required to complete the International Admission Process.

    Application Dates

    Fall 2024

    • Application open
    • Application completion deadline is August 31, 2024

    Spring 2025

    • Application open
    • Application completion deadline is January 15, 2025

    Admission Requirements

    All materials must be submitted by the application deadline.

    1. Admission Application

    The online application allows you to save your work as you complete it and ensures fast, secure delivery to our office.

    2. Education Completion
    Official transcripts must be sent from the institutions you attended and indicate one of the following:

    • High school transcript (current high school seniors may submit an in-progress transcript)
    • GED/HSED transcript
    • College transcript(s) showing:
      • Completion of an associate degree or higher, or
      • At least 30 credits completed with a minimum GPA of 2.0 on a 4-point scale
        • The credits must be completed at a single college and cannot be combined with other transcripts
        • Any transfer credit listed on a transcript does not count toward the 30-credit minimum

    All high school and/or college transcripts are recommended to be submitted for Credit for Prior Learning evaluation.

    Additional Notes

    • Class capacity is limited and is available on a first come, first served basis.
    • Course prerequisites differ from admission requirements; admission into a program does not guarantee eligibility to enroll in courses or success in the program. Refer to program curriculum for details.

    After Acceptance

    Once you are admitted into your program, review the Start of Semester Checklist to prepare for your first day of classes at Madison College. 


    Contact the Enrollment Center at EnrollmentServices@madisoncollege.edu or 608.246.6210.

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  • Transfer Opportunities

    UW System Schools

    Students who meet graduation requirements at both institutions and who are wishing to transfer to UW-Platteville after completing the Construction & Remodeling Diploma need to apply and be accepted to UW Platteville; an official Madison College transcript must be requested by the student to be sent from MATC to the UW Platteville's Admissions Office. A maximum of 72 credit hours can be transferred to UW Platteville, and students must maintain a minimum 2.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale.
  • Career Outcomes

    MATC Construction and Remodeling program graduates are prepared to:  

    • Solve construction problems using accepted principles, tools and skills.
    • Apply techniques and principles appropriate to building science.
    • Investigate basic construction business operational strategies.
    • Model professional and ethical behavior.
    • Demonstrate appropriate interpersonal relationship skills.
    • Analyze the environmental impacts of building practices.
    • Apply safety practices and procedures in the work area.
    Madison College construction and remodeling students
    • Graduate Summary

      Graduate Report Summary Overview

      Number of Program Graduates171313
      Number of Surveys Sent17139
      Number of Surveys Returned976
      Percent of Surveys Returned
      Available for Employment875
      Percent Available for Employment88.90%100.00%100.00%
      Not in Labor Market
      Percent Not in Labor Market11.10%0.00%20.00%
      Available for Employment

      Graduates Employed775
      Percent of Graduates Employed87.50%100.00%100.00%
      Employed in Related Occupation764
      Percent Employed in Related Occupation100.00%85.70%80.00%
      Employed in Unrelated Occupation011
      Percent Employed in Unrelated Occupation0.00%14.30%20.00%
      Employed - No Response000
      Percent Employed - No Response0.00%0.00%0.00%
      Seeking Employment100
      Percent Seeking Employment12.50%0.00%0.00%
      Reaction To Training at Madison College

      Student satisfaction Mean (Out of 4)3.93.64
      Number of Satisfaction Responses975
      Very Satisfied (4)845
      Percent Very Satisfied88.90%57.10%100.00%
      Satisfied (3)130
      Percent Satisfied11.10%42.90%0.00%
      Unsatisfied (2)000
      Percent Unsatisfied0.00%0.00%0.00%
      Very Unsatisfed (1)000
      Percent Very Unsatisfied0.00%0.00%0.00%
      Primary Reason for Attending Madison College

      Number of Primary Reason Responses976
      Preparation for Getting a Job131
      Percent Preparation for Getting a Job11.10%42.90%16.70%
      Career Change511
      Percent Career Change55.60%14.30%16.70%
      Improvement of Existing Skills021
      Percent Improvement of Existing Skills0.00%28.60%16.70%
      Preparation for Further Education101
      Percent Preparation for Further Education11.10%0.00%16.70%
      Personal Interest212
      Percent Personal Interest22.20%14.30%33.30%
      Percent Other0.00%0.00%0.00%
      When Employment was Obtained

      Number of When Employment Obtained Responses675
      Before Enrollment101
      Percent Before Enrollment16.70%0.00%20.00%
      While Attending the College320
      Percent While Attending the College50.00%28.60%0.00%
      After Training at the College254
      Percent After Training at the College33.30%71.40%80.00%
      Location of Employment (related and unrelated)

      Number of Employment Location Responses655
      In College District645
      Percent In College District100.00%80.00%100.00%
      In Wisconsin, Not in District000
      Percent of In Wisconsin0.00%0.00%0.00%
      Outside of Wisconsin010
      Percent Outside Wisconsin0.00%20.00%0.00%
      Employer Location Unknown000
      Percent Location Unknown0.00%0.00%0.00%
      Salary Trend
      Salary Trend202020212022
      Full Time Employment (Related Job)Full Time Salary Count653
      Average Monthly Wage$3,408$3,274$4,415
      Average Hourly Wage$19.81$19.03$25.67
      Average Work Hours per Week40.74440
      Part Time Employment (Related Job)Part Time Salary Count11
      Average Hourly Wage$20.00$15.50
      Average Work Hours per Week2532
    • Graduate Employers

      Graduate Employers for academic year: 2022
      Employer(s)Job TitleCity*State**Positions
      Aldo PartnersCarpenterVerona
      Associated HousewrightsCarpenter
      Associated HousewrightsProject Manager
      Habitat for HumanityCrew Member

      * - Only cities outside of Madison will display.

      ** - Only states outside of Wisconsin will display.

      *** - If you have a position to post, please contact Career and Employment Services at jobpostings@madisoncollege.edu

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