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Whether you’re interested in residential, commercial or industrial construction, FVTC has a program for you. There are a wide variety of options from degree and certificate programs to apprenticeships.
Are you ready to move up to project manager or supervisor in residential, commercial or industrial construction? This program will give you the necessary skills to determine the human, physical and financial resources necessary for project activities. You’ll learn to control costs, manage documents and supervise others to be an effective project manager. Your training will include work with subcontractors, suppliers and field staff to learn how to provide timely, cost-effective project completion. If you have limited construction background, internships will give you valuable experience. You will be well prepared to assume the duties of a construction project manager.
If you are new to the construction business or want to increase your depth of knowledge in commercial construction materials, methods and construction criteria, this certificate program is for you. You'll master skills in site and building material selection and installation methods, and will learn to evaluate construction plans and specifications for job site supervision. You'll also integrate sustainable design and construction practices into the material and methods of construction. Your classes will cover building plans and specifications, codes, site safety and inspection techniques. There will be plenty of opportunities to practice your skills with daily construction site activities including meetings, submittals, bulletins and shop drawing review.
Experienced construction supervisors and commercial construction workers seeking advanced project management skills will find them here. You’ll learn how to manage projects, estimate costs and schedule jobs. You will also learn how to keep workers safe on the job and how to manage contracts. Field study allows you to investigate a specific area of project supervision and you’ll gain experience through an internship.
Learn to build or remodel a home from start to finish in this technical diploma program. Gain skills in exterior and interior finishing and frame construction with valuable hands-on experience constructing or remodeling a complete home. You’ll learn how to read blueprints and become familiar with residential building codes. You’ll also gain experience with the tools, machinery and equipment used in this industry. Expert instructors help you develop the work ethic, teamwork, flexibility and communication skills employers are looking for.
Electricians work on residential, commercial and industrial projects providing electrical service. In this program, you will learn how to install new wiring and other fixtures such as breaker boxes, switches and motor controls. Through a combination of on-the-job training and classroom instruction, you’ll gain skills to install equipment for generating, transforming and distributing electricity. You’ll also learn to plan and lay out electrical systems around the work of other trades. This program involves some paid and some unpaid instruction. Although it requires a long-term commitment, electrician apprenticeship leads to a stable, well-paid career.
Whether you want to be an electrician’s helper or pursue an electrical apprenticeship, this program will give you the skills to get started. Gain basic knowledge of electrical code, print reading, installation requirements and electrical equipment. You’ll also learn how to test electrical circuits and interpret electrical diagrams and construction drawings. Then you’ll put your knowledge and skills to work on an actual residential construction site.
As an electronic systems technician, you will install and provide field maintenance and service on products that transport voice, video, audio and data signals. Your work could include fire alarm systems, security systems, audio systems, broadband systems, access control systems, data networks, media management systems, telecommunications systems and digital control systems. Start with project layout and planning, then move on to underground installations, pathways and spaces. You’ll gain skills to install a variety of systems and devices. The program includes some paid and some unpaid instruction. Though it requires a long-term commitment, this apprenticeship results in a stable, good paying career.
Want to learn to operate heavy equipment and work outdoors? This apprenticeship prepares you to operate cranes, dozers, scrapers, loaders, motor graders, tractor loader backhoes and more. As an operating engineer, you’ll work on construction projects such as commercial and residential developments, dams, roadways, etc. Or you could work in plants that produce rock, sand and gravel, or clean up hazardous waste sites. You’ll learn blueprint reading, how to maintain your equipment and safe work site procedures. The program combines on-the-job training and classroom instruction to prepare you for this construction industry career.
Plumbers work on residential, commercial and industrial projects providing potable water and sanitary drain and vent systems. In this program, you will learn the proper installation techniques for these systems, and through a combination of on-the-job training and classroom instruction, you’ll gain the skills to install the associated piping, fittings and fixtures, and the code knowledge related to the trade. You’ll also learn to plan and lay out plumbing systems around the work of other trades. This program involves both paid and unpaid instruction. Plumbing apprenticeship leads to a well-paid career while being paid to learn.
Sheet metal workers add the gutters, downspouts, chimney flashings, skylights, heating, and ventilation and air conditioning systems to buildings. For this occupation you need to learn how to plan and lay out the work from blueprints and sketches. You’ll make patterns and templates and fabricate parts by using hand and power tools. You’ll also assemble and install units. The work includes estimating job costs, maintaining time records, and requisitioning materials, tools and equipment. This apprenticeship requires a long commitment leading to a satisfying career.
A steamfitter constructs, installs and repairs pipes and equipment made to withstand high pressure. You'll learn how to install wet heating systems, ventilation, refrigeration and air conditioning in residential, commercial and industrial buildings. You’ll gain welding and pipefitting skills, along with a thorough knowledge of the principles of heating and cooling and all temperature controls. This apprenticeship involves both classroom and on-the-job training over a five-year period.
Steamfitters doing refrigeration and service work will install, maintain, troubleshoot, diagnose and service systems for heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration. You could work in a variety of industries on equipment and controls for piping systems that carry water, steam, chemicals, compressed air, liquid gasses or fuel. You’ll learn about blueprint reading, specifications and rigging equipment. You’ll also learn how to measure, cut, bend, prepare and join all types of pipe. Your training will cover pressure testing for leaks, as well as the detection of problems in electronic, pneumatic, digital, electrical, software or programmable logic controls. This apprenticeship involves both classroom and on-the-job training over a five-year period.
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A global element was added to this year’s Fox Valley Technical College Apprentice Banquet.
Thanks to a donation from the Oshkosh Builders Association, more students can earn a great career in the fast-growing construction trades.
Students from Fox Valley Technical College’s Electricity program joined college officials and board members from Greater Fox Cities Area...
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