School of Applied Science, Engineering and Technology

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1701 Wright Street
Madison WI 53704

CALL: (608) 246-6800
or (800) 322-6282 ext. 6800

2125 Commercial Avenue
Madison WI 53704

CALL: (608) 243-4169
or (800) 322-6282 ext. 4169


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Construction Essentials

Embedded Technical Diploma

Program number: 304103


In the Construction Essentials Embedded Technical Diploma, you learn basic skills necessary for entry-level jobs in construction. You develop an understanding of construction processes, including identification and safe use of hand and portable power tools. You earn an industry recognized safety working environment certification (OSHA). 

According to a recent graduate survey, the average entry-level annual pay range for construction/remodeling is $22,000 to $35,000 plus benefits. Earning potential in this field can reach $50,000 or more in three to five years.

Program Details

Students in the Construction Essential Embedded Technical Diploma can attend full or part time.

Construction Essentials Embedded Technical Diploma classes may be offered at these Madison College campuses:

  • Madison – Commercial Avenue

Explore financial aid eligibility for Construction Essentials.


All courses for this program are offered only in person.


To Apply

After Acceptance

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


Contact Enrollment Services at or (608) 246-6210.


Prospective program students, the information below reflects the basic requirements for students admitted for the 2019-2020 academic year. To learn more about Madison College, visit us.

Current program students (including newly admitted), go directly to your Degree Progress Report (also referred to as an Advising Report or Academic Requirements) to view:

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

If you have questions after reviewing your report, please see Advising Services.


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  • Estimated Program Cost
    # of Credits for Completion
    Materials/Supplemental Costs
    Other Costs
    Total Program Costs:
  • Graduate Summary
    Graduate Report Summary Overview

    Number of Program Graduates 25
    Number of Surveys Sent 25
    Number of Surveys Returned 13
    Percent of Surveys Returned 52.00%
    Available for Employment 9
    Percent Available for Employment 90.00%
    Not in Labor Market 4
    Percent Not in Labor Market 40.00%
    Available for Employment

    Graduates Employed 9
    Percent of Graduates Employed 100.00%
    Employed in Related Occupation 5
    Percent Employed in Related Occupation 55.60%
    Employed in Unrelated Occupation 4
    Percent Employed in Unrelated Occupation 44.40%
    Employed - No Response 0
    Percent Employed - No Response 0.00%
    Seeking Employment 0
    Percent Seeking Employment 0.00%
    Reaction To Training at Madison College

    Student satisfaction Mean (Out of 4) 3.6 0 0
    Number of Satisfaction Responses 9
    Very Satisfied 6
    Percent Very Satisfied 66.70%
    Satisfied 2
    Percent Satisfied 22.20%
    Unsatisfied 1
    Percent Unsatisfied 11.10%
    Very Unsatisfied 0
    Percent Very Unsatisfied 0.00%
    Primary Reason for Attending Madison College

    Number of Primary Reason Responses 13
    Preparation for Getting a Job 5
    Percent Preparation for Getting a Job 38.50%
    Career Change 2
    Percent Career Change 15.40%
    Improvement of Existing Skills 0
    Percent Improvement of Existing Skills 0.00%
    Preparation for Further Education 4
    Percent Preparation for Further Education 30.80%
    Personal Interest 2
    Percent Personal Interest 15.40%
    Other 0
    Percent Other 0.00%
    When Employment was Obtained

    Number of When Employment Obtained Responses 9
    Before Enrollment 2
    Percent Before Enrollment 22.20%
    While Attending the College 4
    Percent While Attending the College 44.40%
    After Training at the College 3
    Percent After Training at the College 33.30%
    Location of Employment (related and unrelated)

    Number of Employment Location Responses 9
    In College District 6
    Percent In College District 66.70%
    In Wisconsin, Not in District 1
    Percent of In Wisconsin 11.10%
    Outside of Wisconsin 0
    Percent Outside Wisconsin 0.00%
    Employer Location Unknown 2
    Percent Location Unknown 22.20%
    Salary Trend
    Salary Trend 2017
    Full Time Employment (Related Job) Full Time Salary Count 4
    Average Monthly Wage $3,109
    Average Hourly Wage $18.08
    Average Work Hours per Week 41
    Part Time Employment (Related Job) Part Time Salary Count
    Average Hourly Wage
    Average Work Hours per Week
  • Graduate Employers
    Total Positions Open for academic year: 2017
    Wisconsin TechConnectTM Jobs* Madison Non-Madison
    Number of Full Time Positions Open
    Number of Part Time Positions Open
    Total Jobs
    Graduate Employers for academic year: 2017
    Employer(s) Job Title City** State*** Positions
    Chad's Design Build Carpenter's Assistant
    Miron Co Carpenter Apprentice Neenah
    Premier Builders Framer Waunakee
    Universal Power And Systems Helper Electrician

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