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UW-Stout's Bachelor of Science degree in Construction prepares you to lead and direct even the most complicated construction projects. Our program focuses not only on technical and engineering processes, but also on the business, management and marketing aspects of the construction industry.

ACCE accredited

The construction program at the University of Wisconsin - Stout has been accredited by the American Council of Construction Education (ACCE) since 1994. Learn more about UW Stout's Construction Program Accreditation and Assessment.

Individualized attention

Construction courses average 30 students to ensure that you are getting the most individualized attention possible. The relationship between students and faculty is evident by faculty diligently helping students for co-ops and full-time jobs.

Industry experienced faculty

The faculty members in the UW Stout construction program are committed and supportive of the students. All of the faculty have construction industry experience in the areas of energy, heavy / civil, industrial and water/wastewater,  commercial and residential construction.  

Team-based learning

Team-based learning forms the basis for many of the courses in the UW Stout construction program's curriculum. This enhances students learning, mimics real-world industry project scenarios, and provides a competitive advantage for graduates.

Real - world experiences

Local construction industry Alumni and leaders share their real-world management experiences by regularly presenting to construction courses and student organization events. They also are enthusiastic mentors who present networking and hands-on experiences through co-op opportunities for the construction program students.

Construction graduates get hired

100% of our graduates are employed. Many of the construction companies that hire UW Stout graduates state that our students have the best work ethic and are the most knowledgeable students that are in the industry.

Courses and curriculum include:

  • Structural systems
  • Site engineering
  • Construction methods and materials
  • Estimating
  • Architectural technology

 

  • Construction safety
  • Building mechanical systems
  • Business and management
  • Communications

100% of Our Graduates are Employed or Continuing Education

Hands-On Experience

Modern and well-equipped construction, design, and computer laboratories provide you with hands-on experience in learning the construction industry. In addition, a required cooperative education or field experience will give you practical real-world training that will be a plus when looking for a job. Your instructors include professional architects, engineers, builders, and construction managers who will share with you the experiences they have gained from working in the field.

UW-Stout's Construction program prepares you for several different career options including:

  • Project management
  • Estimating
  • Scheduling
  • Safety
  • Architecture
  • Engineering
  • Project supervision

A cooperative education or field experience must be completed before you can graduate. UW-Stout requires this experience because employers nearly always look for this when hiring — it shows them that you have a feel for what is happening in the field. People with the most field experience get hired first and generally receive the highest salary.

Preparing for Your Construction Degree

High school preparation is important if you want to study construction at UW-Stout. Since the construction curriculum requires calculus and physics, we recommend that you take as many math and science classes as possible. Students with a limited math background may have to take preparatory classes to reach the calculus competency level. Courses in English and communications are also highly recommended because you must know how to write and communicate if you are to succeed. High school business and general education courses are also recommended.

Starting Out

In your first two years of study, you’ll find a strong balance between general education and professional requirements. Courses the first year include English, sociology, geology, architectural graphics, speech, calculus, light construction methods, and psychology. An “orientation to construction industry” class will acquaint you with career opportunities and professional organizations.

Sophomore year courses include accounting, economics, architectural technology, heavy construction methods and equipment, concrete and masonry technology, physics, government, and principles of management.

Instructors will assist you with your academic plan and career choices. Assistance is also available through the Advisement and Career Centers, the Counseling Center, and Career Services.

As You Progress

Employers look for people with the ability to solve problems. This is what the upper-level courses will teach you. Classes that prepare you to understand the construction process include structural systems, writing, environmental systems, estimating, construction safety, organizational leadership, project scheduling and cost control, human resource management, and management of construction.

Career Opportunities

Entry Positions

Most Construction program graduates will enter the industry in assistant positions as project or field engineers, assistant superintendents, estimators, or schedulers. Some graduates may enter the trades and serve an apprenticeship or they may start their own companies and become professional contractors. Job opportunities are excellent, particularly for people from the Midwest because of the strong work ethic associated with the region.

Economic cycles do play a role, especially in housing, but less so in commercial, industrial, institutional or heavy construction. Grade point average is a factor, but what matters more is field experience, work ethic, and personal integrity. 

Employers

  • Bright KEYS Building and Development Corp.
  • Centex
  • Miron Construction, Co.
  • TIC Holdings Inc.
  • Adolfson and Peterson, Inc.
  • Market and Johnson, Inc.
  • TCI General Contractors, Inc.
  • Hans Hagen Homes
  • Hensel Phelps
  • M.S. Mortenson Co.
  • Kraus-Anderson
  • BOR-SON Construction, Inc.
  • Hoffman Corporation
  • Whiting-Turner Contracting Co.
  • Weis Builders
  • Weis Builders
  • Encore Construction
  • Kraemer Brothers, LLC
  • AZCO
  • Pulte Homes
  • Lunda Construction
  • Hyatt Hotels
  • Cherne Contracting Corp.
  • Marshall Erdmann
  • Hines
  • Hanscomb, Faithful & Gould
  • Ryan Companies U.S. Inc.
  • St. Paul Travelers
  • Western Summit Constructors
  • Pepper Construction
  • M.A. Mortenson Co.
Student Construction Association (SCA)

Membership in the Student Construction Association (SCA) will help prepare you to compete with others looking for jobs in the construction industry. Employers look for membership in the SCA because it shows a commitment to the construction industry. 

Employers look for people with the ability to solve problems. This is what the upper-level courses will teach you. Classes that prepare you to understand the construction process include structural systems, writing, environmental systems, estimating, construction safety, organizational leadership, project scheduling and cost control, human resource management, and management of construction.

The Student Construction Association sponsors local projects that provide you with experience in constructing garages and home additions, as well as small projects such as installing windows, siding, and insulation.

Sigma Lambda Chi Honor Society for Construction

Sigma Lambda Chi is the international honor society for construction. The fundamental purpose of Sigma Lambda Chi is to provide recognition to outstanding students in construction curricula. Sigma Lambda Chi is the society that offers students the opportunity to be recognized locally and internationally for their academic accomplishments as a construction major.

Epsilon III, the Sigma Lambda Chi chapter at the University of Wisconsin-Stout, was founded on April 27, 1994. This chapter includes 12 current members and 204 Epsilon chapter members. The chapter advisors are Tim Becker and Mike Bowman. Current Board members are Joe Zanotti (President),  Matt Kalish (Vice President),  Eric Quam(Treasurer),  Jacob Johnson (Public Relations), and  Max Weiser (Secretary).

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Program Membership & Student Competitions

UW-Stout's Bachelor of Science degree in Construction program is a member of the Associated Schools of Construction (ASC) a professional association of construction educators and industry practitioners working together for the development and advancement of construction education. ASC promotes the sharing of ideas and knowledge and inspires, guides and promotes excellence in curricula, teaching, research and service. The ASC is made up of 8 regions; 7 regions from the United States and Canada and one European region.

Associated Schools of Construction
PO Box 1821
Fort Collins, CO 80522-1821

970.818.1041
www.ascweb.org

Student Competitions

Students in the Bachelor of Science degree in Construction program are involved through competitions in the following organizations:

Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC)

Mechanical Contractors Association of America (MCAA)

National Association of Home Builders (NAHB)

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