B.S. Construction

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Degree Type Bachelor of Science
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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.

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Program Overview

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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.

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Objectives & Outcomes

Graduates of the BS Construction program will be able to:

  • Apply skills needed to administer a construction project
  • Apply industrial standards related to a construction project
  • Demonstrate the use of construction industry technology
  • Identify and validate best practices within the construction industry
  • Engage in construction professional practices
  • Identify and evaluate design variables related to a construction project
  • Research and innovate construction processes and methodologies
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
  • 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.

This chapter includes twenty - eight current members. The chapter advisors are Tim Becker and Jim Bunkelman. Current SLC Board Members are Eric Fabich (President), Neil Wieser (Vice President), Garrett Rasmussen (Secretary), Damion Blechinger (Treasurer), Kyle Zagel (Public Relations).  

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)

Construction Industry Advisory Committee (CIAC )

The UW Stout Construction Industry Advisory Committee consists of 49 members that consist of corporate, education, association, recent graduate, and individual/special corporate representation from construction or construction-related industries.

Companies on the Construction Industry Advisory Committee (CIAC)

AON Risk Services

AZCO, Inc

Bill Rascher Mechanical, Inc.

Blackstone Asphalt of Wisconsin, LLC

Blenker Companies, Inc.

Borton Construction

Carciofini Company

Consolidated Construction

Creative Homes

Doran Construction

ERDMAN

Faithful & Gould

Hensel Phelps

Hoeft Builders

Hoffman Construction Company

Integrity Grading & Excavating, Inc.

J.F. Ahern

J.H. Findorff and Sons, Inc.

Kiewit

Kirco

Kraus-Anderson Construction Company

Lampert Lumber Company

Lunda Construction Company

M.A. Mortenson Company

Marathon Petroleum Company

Market & Johnson

McGough Construction Co., Inc.

Michels Corporation

Miron Construction Co. Inc.

Moore Construction Services, LLC

Murphy Construction Services

Nova Fire Protection

Parsons Corporation

PCL Construction Services Inc

Pieper Electric

Precision Infrastructure

Red Cedar Steel

Royal Construction

Smart Safety Group

Stevens Construction Corp.

Sundt

VJS Construction Services, Inc.

Weis Builders Inc.

VJS Construction Services, Inc.

West Bend Mutual Insurance

Western Specialty Contractors

Wieser Brothers General Contractors, Inc.

Xcel Energy

Zurich

Objectives & Purpose

The objectives and purposes of the Construction Program Industry Advisory Committee are to:

  • Advance and support the highest quality faculty, educational facilities, and program for students enrolled in the Construction Program.
  • Provide liaison between the Construction Industry and the Construction Program.
  • Develop and implement innovative programs that will benefit the Construction Program and better serve the Construction Industry.
  • Offer advice, counsel, and provide the vision for the Construction Program.

University of Wisconsin - Stout Construction Program Industry Advisory Committee Bylaws

Construction Industry Advisory Committee Meeting Minutes

Construction Advisory Committe

2019-2020 Construction Advisory Committee

 

Mona Afifi Assistant Professor UW-Stout
Royce Alsbach Vice President, Project Management  Miron Construction Co. Inc. 
Robb Altendorf Senior Project Manager  M.A. Mortenson Company
Michael Arnold Program Associate UW-Stout
Jake Bauer President Carciofini Company
Mark Bentfield Building Systems Manager PCL Construction Services Inc
Josh Bernhard Sr. Construction Risk Engineer Zurich
Cory Bjerke Project Manager- Power Distribution (Overhead and Underground Powerline Installation and Maintenance) Pieper Electric
Jason Blenker Owner/President Blenker Companies, Inc.
Paul Borsheim Owner/President Borton Construction
Matt Breunig Director of Project Management J.H. Findorff and Sons, Inc. 
Jeremy Budish General Superintendent  Hensel Phelps Construction Company
Jim Bunkelman President/CEO Royal Construction 
Maureen Carlson Director of Business Development Hoeft Builders
Alex Charland Senior Project Manager Sundt 
Chang-Ray (Calvin) Chen  Assistant Professor/Program Director(MS Con. Mang.) UW-Stout
Bill Clemen Sales Manager Lampert Lumber Company
Tom Driscoll Director, Corporate Real Estate Kirco
John Dzissah  Department Chair UW-Stout
Ken Fermanich Construction Supervisor Marathon Petroleum Company
Dave Galetka Operations Director  Faithful & Gould
C.R. Hackworthy President Creative Homes
Pete Hayes President Red Cedar Steel
Brian Hovick Project Coordinator AZCO, Inc
Vince Hundley CEO Smart Safety Group
Ian Johnson Human Resource Manager/ EEO Officer Hoffman Construction Company
Jake  Johnson Project Manager McGough Construction Co., Inc. 
Jim Joyce Director of Construction ERDMAN
Cody Kaplanek Director, Infrastructure Division Precision Infrastructure
Andy Karll Professional in the Field ERDMAN
Thomas Kennedy Engineering Manager Nova Fire Protection
Noah Koch Project Controls Sundt
Keith Kubala Professional in the Field Blackstone Asphalt of Wisconsin, LLC
Joe Larson Vice President Lunda Construction Company
Ben Lato Senior Superintendent Weis Builders Inc.
Dave Leisses General Manager J.F. Ahern
Travis Loeffler Risk and Safety Advisor  West Bend Mutual Insurance 
Kevin MacDonald Assistant Professor UW-Stout
Tim Maher Senior Project Manager  Doran Construction
Tony Marchiafava Project Manager Western Specialty Contractors
Matt McDonald Field Engineer Hensel Phelps
Mike Moore President Moore Construction Services, LLC
Dan Murphy President Murphy Construction Services
Kyle Neidermire Regional Manager Xcel Energy
Gindy Neidermyer Interim Dean, CSTEMM UW-Stout
Dave Nielsen Senior Vice President of Electrical Construction  Parsons Corporation
Ben Oswald Manager , Project Controls  Michels Corporation
Ann Parsons Associate Dean, CSTEMM UW-Stout
Jason Pettitt Project Director Consolidated Construction
Dustin Phillips Project Manager Kraus-Anderson Construction Company
Brian Pinnow Senior Project Manager Wieser Brothers General Contractors, Inc.
Bill Rascher President Bill Rascher Mechanical, Inc.
Lauren Rossman University Relations Manager/ Human Resources- Operations Kiewit
Luke Rykal Senior Project Manager Hoeft Builders
Thomas Scherer Project Manager Pieper Electric 
Len Schreiber  Senior Lecturer UW-Stout
Bryton Schroeder Superintendent PCL Construction Services Inc
Jerry Shea President Market & Johnson
Mitchell Spencer Emeritus UW-STOUT
Hans Timper Emeritus UW-STOUT
Jim Trader Senior Vice President / Director of Construction Risk Management  AON Risk Services
Dave Voss III  Project Executive  Miron Construction Co. Inc. 
Thor  Wick Area Manager  Integrity Grading & Excavating, Inc. 
Kevin Wilkinson Program Director UW-Stout
Dean Wirtanen Assistant Professor UW-Stout
Alex Wolf Project Manager Stevens Construction Corp.
Joe Zanotti Assistant Project Manager VJS Construction Services, Inc. 

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