Construction Essentials

Technical Diploma

Program Number: 304103

Credits: 6

Area of Study: Construction, Manufacturing and Maintenance

Delivery Method:
Some Online / Some In Person*

Estimated Program Cost:

Tuition - $846.00
Materials/Supplemental Costs
Other Costs
Total Estimated Program Costs*:

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

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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 2021-2022 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.


There are currently no Transfer Partnerships for this program. Review our Transfer Opportunities page for information on all Madison College transfer options.



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  • Graduate Summary
    Graduate Report Summary Overview

    Number of Program Graduates224119
    Number of Surveys Sent224119
    Number of Surveys Returned12131
    Percent of Surveys Returned54.5%31.7%5.3%
    Available for Employment841
    Percent Available for Employment88.9%80.0%100.0%
    Not in Labor Market490
    Percent Not in Labor Market44.4%180.0%0.0%
    Available for Employment

    Graduates Employed831
    Percent of Graduates Employed100.0%75.0%100.0%
    Employed in Related Occupation621
    Percent Employed in Related Occupation75.0%66.7%100.0%
    Employed in Unrelated Occupation210
    Percent Employed in Unrelated Occupation25.0%33.3%0.0%
    Employed - No Response000
    Percent Employed - No Response0.0%0.0%0.0%
    Seeking Employment010
    Percent Seeking Employment0.0%25.0%0.0%
    Reaction To Training at Madison College

    Student satisfaction Mean (Out of 4)3.63.64
    Number of Satisfaction Responses951
    Very Satisfied (4)531
    Percent Very Satisfied55.6%60.0%100.0%
    Satisfied (3)420
    Percent Satisfied44.4%40.0%0.0%
    Unsatisfied (2)000
    Percent Unsatisfied0.0%0.0%0.0%
    Very Unsatisfed (1)000
    Percent Very Unsatisfied0.0%0.0%0.0%
    Primary Reason for Attending Madison College

    Number of Primary Reason Responses12131
    Preparation for Getting a Job521
    Percent Preparation for Getting a Job41.7%15.4%100.0%
    Career Change110
    Percent Career Change8.3%7.7%0.0%
    Improvement of Existing Skills210
    Percent Improvement of Existing Skills16.7%7.7%0.0%
    Preparation for Further Education380
    Percent Preparation for Further Education25.0%61.5%0.0%
    Personal Interest100
    Percent Personal Interest8.3%0.0%0.0%
    Percent Other0.0%7.7%0.0%
    When Employment was Obtained

    Number of When Employment Obtained Responses831
    Before Enrollment100
    Percent Before Enrollment12.5%0.0%0.0%
    While Attending the College410
    Percent While Attending the College50.0%33.3%0.0%
    After Training at the College321
    Percent After Training at the College37.5%66.7%100.0%
    Location of Employment (related and unrelated)

    Number of Employment Location Responses831
    In College District731
    Percent In College District87.5%100.0%100.0%
    In Wisconsin, Not in District100
    Percent of In Wisconsin12.5%0.0%0.0%
    Outside of Wisconsin000
    Percent Outside Wisconsin0.0%0.0%0.0%
    Employer Location Unknown000
    Percent Location Unknown0.0%0.0%0.0%
    Salary Trend
    Salary Trend201820192020
    Full Time Employment (Related Job)Full Time Salary Count421
    Average Monthly Wage$3,662$3,253$3,096
    Average Hourly Wage$21.29$18.91$18.00
    Average Work Hours per Week39.540.040.0
    Part Time Employment (Related Job)Part Time Salary Count2
    Average Hourly Wage$19.00
    Average Work Hours per Week27.0
  • Graduate Employers
    Graduate Employers for academic year: 2019
    Employer(s) Job Title City* State** Positions
    Findorff Construction Carpenter

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    ** - Only states outside of Wisconsin will display.

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