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 - $833.40
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

Explore financial aid eligibility for Construction Essentials.



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 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.


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 Graduates252241
    Number of Surveys Sent252241
    Number of Surveys Returned131213
    Percent of Surveys Returned52.00%54.50%31.70%
    Available for Employment984
    Percent Available for Employment69.20%66.70%30.80%
    Not in Labor Market449
    Percent Not in Labor Market30.80%33.30%69.20%
    Available for Employment

    Graduates Employed983
    Percent of Graduates Employed100.00%100.00%75.00%
    Employed in Related Occupation562
    Percent Employed in Related Occupation55.60%75.00%66.70%
    Employed in Unrelated Occupation421
    Percent Employed in Unrelated Occupation44.40%25.00%33.30%
    Employed - No Response000
    Percent Employed - No Response0.00%0.00%0.00%
    Seeking Employment001
    Percent Seeking Employment0.00%0.00%25.00%
    Reaction To Training at Madison College

    Student satisfaction Mean (Out of 4)
    Number of Satisfaction Responses995
    Very Satisfied (4)653
    Percent Very Satisfied66.70%55.60%60.00%
    Satisfied (3)242
    Percent Satisfied22.20%44.40%40.00%
    Unsatisfied (2)100
    Percent Unsatisfied11.10%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 Responses131213
    Preparation for Getting a Job552
    Percent Preparation for Getting a Job38.50%41.70%15.40%
    Career Change211
    Percent Career Change15.40%8.30%7.70%
    Improvement of Existing Skills021
    Percent Improvement of Existing Skills0.00%16.70%7.70%
    Preparation for Further Education438
    Percent Preparation for Further Education30.80%25.00%61.50%
    Personal Interest210
    Percent Personal Interest15.40%8.30%0.00%
    Percent Other0.00%0.00%7.70%
    When Employment was Obtained

    Number of When Employment Obtained Responses983
    Before Enrollment210
    Percent Before Enrollment22.20%12.50%0.00%
    While Attending the College441
    Percent While Attending the College44.40%50.00%33.30%
    After Training at the College332
    Percent After Training at the College33.30%37.50%66.70%
    Location of Employment (related and unrelated)

    Number of Employment Location Responses983
    In College District673
    Percent In College District66.70%87.50%100.00%
    In Wisconsin, Not in District110
    Percent of In Wisconsin11.10%12.50%0.00%
    Outside of Wisconsin000
    Percent Outside Wisconsin0.00%0.00%0.00%
    Employer Location Unknown200
    Percent Location Unknown22.20%0.00%0.00%
    Salary Trend
    Salary Trend201720182019
    Full Time Employment (Related Job)Full Time Salary Count442
    Average Monthly Wage$3,109 $3,662 $3,253
    Average Hourly Wage$18.08 $21.29 $18.91
    Average Work Hours per Week4139.540
    Part Time Employment (Related Job)Part Time Salary Count2
    Average Hourly Wage$19.00
    Average Work Hours per Week27
  • 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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