Construction Trades

Technical Diploma

Why choose Construction Trades?

  • Construction work is about using your skills to solve problems on the job site—no two days are alike.
  • Demand is always high for construction workers, and high salaries are common for more advanced skills.
  • A great career for those looking to avoid or break out of the office cubicle.
  • Twelve-credit program designed for completion in one semester.
The construction trades offer incredible opportunity for anyone looking to use their hands, make an impact in their community, and earn a great salary.

The construction trades include many different jobs and career paths, from carpentry, to electrical, to plumbing, to pipe fitting, and much more. What construction workers have in common is the ability to use their hands and skills to help build things people depend on—the buildings we work in, the homes we live and play in, and more. It’s honest, satisfying work that makes the world go around.

Construction workers are skilled by definition, and they are always learning and growing in their abilities. Some work for residential or commercial contractors, while others own their own business.

Program Locations

Wisconsin Rapids Campus
500 32nd Street North
Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin 54494

What You'll Learn

Mid-State’s Construction Trades technical diploma provides the foundation knowledge and experience to get started in the construction, carpentry, plumbing, electrical, and pipefitting fields. Graduates understand the various components of building construction systems as well as proper and safe tool use and installation techniques for piping, heating, and electrical systems. Successful completion of the diploma prepares students for an entry-level position in the construction trades industry.

The program includes work in an interactive hands-on lab and a year-round larger lab complete with an "indoor house." Through exposure to multiple fields and industries, graduates are prepared to enter the trade they choose.

Estimated Entire Program Cost

Cost based on the 2022/23 academic year.

  • Tuition & Fees: $1,905.66
  • Books: $0
  • Supplies, Uniforms, and/or Exams: $0
  • Total Estimated Cost: $1,905.66

Financial Aid Eligibility

This program is NOT eligible for Financial Aid. Explore other ways to help pay for college.

Term: 1
  Catalog# Title Credits
  10601140 Electricity for the Construction Trades 2
  10482107 Construction Fundamentals 2
  10483121 Piping Applications 3
  10601130 Blueprint Reading for Construction Trades 2
  10476171 Safety for Construction Trades  1
  10442117 Welding Fundamentals 1 1
  Term Total   11 Credits
  Program Total   11 Credits

This course has options available to receive credit for prior learning (CPL) or work experience.



Craig earned a BA from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. He is a licensed Master Electrician and Commercial Electrical Inspector in the state of Wisconsin and nationally certified by the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP) as a PV Installation Professional and PV System Inspector. Craig has taught at Mid-State and the Midwest Renewable Energy Association since 2009, drawing on 17+ years of experience in the construction trades. He also began the solar photovoltaic department at Northwind Solar and was its chief operating officer for 12 years. 

“Teaching in renewable energy and the construction trades allows me to bring curiosity, growth, and professionalism to the work of building sustainable infrastructures for the future.”


  • Electrical Contracting Laborer
  • Carpentry Contracting Laborer
  • Plumbing Contracting Laborer
  • Apprenticeship
  • General Construction Laborer
  • Steamfitting Contracting Laborer
  • Construction Wireman

"Mid-State prepares you by providing hands-on training from passionate instructors, cutting edge facilities, and real-life experiences."


Choose Your Path

Career pathways help you take your education one step at a time to maximize your investment and make college fit your life. Earn a credential and start using it in the workforce. Continue with another stack of related courses to gain a more advanced diploma or degree.

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