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Residential Construction Overview

Build your future with CVTC’s Residential Construction program. Your construction training will be hands-on and will include building a full-scale home under the supervision of an experienced instructor. You can earn a technical diploma in one year and start your career.

The construction classes will cover:

  • Construction concepts from blueprint reading to roofing
  • Estimating (residential)
  • Energy conservation

You will gain the following skills:

  • Construction safety
  • Blueprint reading
  • Framing
  • Building stair systems
  • Roofing
  • Estimating (residential)
  • Planning construction
  • Building for sustainability
  • Installing doors and windows
  • Building for energy conservation
  • Finishing exterior and interior
  • Installing cabinets

Students spend 20 hours a week at the project site constructing a home. The other time is spent in the classroom reinforcing concepts used at the project site.

Career Opportunities



Construction Estimator

Framing Laborer



Graduate Employers

D Sosalla Construction

Irwin Construction

Parlitch Construction

Ross & Associates

Tradesmen International

Just the Facts

Residential Construction
36 Credit Technical Diploma

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One Year

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Eau Claire and River Falls

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   Financial Aid Eligible

   Non-Traditional Occupation

Estimated Program Cost 

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Estimated Total:  $7,393

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2019 Parade of Homes


People's Choice Award Winners

CVTC Residential Construction students' house won a People's Choice Award in the 2019 Chippewa Valley Parade of Homes! This 2,355 square foot home is located in the Highclere subdivision, located on the northwest side of Eau Claire. Learn more.


Program Courses

These are a few of the courses you can take in the Residential Construction program.

Framing Methods/Building the Envelope
Students will learn the fundamentals of planning, layout, and rough framing. By the end of the course, students will develop the skills to frame a structure and apply the “Energy Star and Green Certification” requirements to residential construction.

Roof Systems and Stairs
The major emphasis of this course will be on roof systems, from hand framing simple gable roofs to advanced intersecting roofs using trusses and stair design, layout, and installation.

Finish Carpentry Interior/Exterior
This course introduces the student to the basic methods of selecting and installing interior trim, doors, cabinets, exterior soffit and wall finishes, and building decks.

Residential Construction Outcomes

CVTC graduates are ready for the workforce. Each year, we send our graduates the Graduate Follow-Up Survey asking where they are working, whether it is in their degree field, and several other questions related to employment. Below are the program outcomes and job data.

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88% of our recent Residential Construction graduates got a job in the industry.


Yearly Salary

Our recent Residential Construction graduates reported an average starting salary of $39,173.


Regional Jobs

There are 221 job openings in the CVTC district for the Residential Construction industry.


Credits to Other Institutions

Transfer your CVTC credits to another institution to continue your education. Explore transfer agreements.


Focus On Student Success

The CVTC Residential Construction program is a lot of fun and it’s rewarding. You can step back and say, ‘I helped build this house from the top to the bottom.’

Tyler, Residential Construction Student

Related Programs & Certificates

Whether you're looking to continue your learning to another program or to gain continuing education credit, CVTC offers a variety of learning opportunities for students.

Continue Your Learning

CVTC can help you achieve your learning goals whether you are looking to advance your career or enrich your personal life.

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