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Build a better future for yourself and your community in Construction Technology.

Career Area: Engineering, Manufacturing & Trades
Program: Construction Technology
Campus(es): Winona

Major Details

Build a better future for yourself and your community in Construction Technology.

Construction tradesmen and women make up the largest group of building-trade workers. They work quickly, accurately, and efficiently to maximize use of time and materials. With a shortage of these qualified professionals in today's job market, graduates of MSC Southeast's Construction Technology program can expect to find many employment opportunities in Southeast Minnesota and beyond.

At MSC Southeast in Winona, our students gain hands-on skills in the construction lab and on-site in a real-world environment. In addition to gaining experience with the tools, materials, methods, and standard practices of the trade, our students learn:

  • Planning, designing, estimating, and blueprint reading
  • Robotic building layout, solar, and green building
  • Building, finishing, and installing custom cabinets

The two-year Associate of Applied Science in Construction Technology offers additional commercial construction and residential trim classes to fine tune your skills. It also includes an apprenticeship so you'll get valuable workforce experience. Plus, math, communications and general education coursework will enrich your opportunities to own or manage a business in the future.

The MSC Southeast Construction Technology program partners with Habitat for Humanity and the City of Winona to help develop and build high quality, affordable housing in the community. And when the weather is too rough for most outdoor projects, students can work on building a tiny house in the construction lab!

Nationally, employment of construction trades workers is projected to grow 4% from 2019 to 2029. MSC Southeast's Construction Technology program graduates can look forward to an outstanding job market as the construction industry continues to grow.

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Career Field: Engineering, Manufacturing & Technology
Cluster: Architecture & Construction
Pathway: Construction

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1) Must complete a minimum of 3 different MnTC goals in Liberal Arts and Sciences

2) 1100 or higher Liberal Arts and Sciences courses required unless specified

Goal 4: Mathematics
Choose one Goal 4 course
3 cr
3 cr
15 crs
Technical electives (see advisor for approved electives)
Choose one or more Technical electives.
6 cr
Cabinetry I
The student will explore styles, make working drawings, plan for efficiency, develop a building plan, layout cabinets, and estimate materials for a variety of cabinets. (Prerequisite: none) (2credits: 2 lecture/0 lab)

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2 cr
Residential Construction 1
This course will cover common residential framing methods including floor systems, wall framing and sheeting, roof types, interior framing details and wall layout. (Prerequisite: none) (2 credits: 2 lecture/0 lab)

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2 cr
Concrete Construction
This course covers the theory and practices used when designing and installing footings, foundations and flatwork for residential construction as well as light commercial. (Prerequisite: none) (2 credits: 2 lecture/0 lab)

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2 cr
Emerging Construction Technologies 1
This course provides knowledge of new tools, methods, and equipment being used in the construction industry (Prerequisite: none) (2 credits: 1 lecture/1 lab)

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2 cr
Architectural Drawings 1
This unit provides instruction in blueprint reading, interpretation and sketching. This course is a prerequisite to Architectural Drawings 2. (Prerequisite: none) (1 credits: 1 lecture/0 lab)

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1 cr
Carpentry Lab 1
This course is used to practice the theory learned in Framing Theory I, Concrete Construction, and Cabinetry 1. This will cover a number of projects pertaining to footings, foundation, flatwork, wall framing, roof design, and cabinetry. (Prerequisite: none) (5 credits: 0 lecture/5 lab)

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5 cr
Cabinetry 2
This course will provide the student with the knowledge to finish fine woodworking projects. Cabinet installation and plastic laminates will also be covered. (Prerequisite: CARP 1100 Cabinetry 1) (3 credits: 1 lecture/2 lab)

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3 cr
Residential Construction 2
This course covers materials, methods and techniques used to frame various roof styles and designs. Ridges, common rafters, hip and valley rafters and jack rafters will be designed, constructed, and installed. (Prerequisite: none) (1 credit: 1 lecture/0 lab)

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1 cr
Commercial Construction 1
This course covers commercial construction practices including steel stud work, structural headers, and commercial building components (Prerequisite: none) (1 credits: 1 lecture/0 lab)

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1 cr
Construction Estimating
This course is intended to introduce the student to the world of residential estimating. Many of the basic mathematical formulas will be covered. (Prerequisite: none) (2 credits: 2 lecture/0 lab)

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2 cr
Architectural Drawings 2
This course advances the skills taught in Architectural Drawings 1 with a focus on industrial and commercial blueprints. (Prerequisite: CARP 1120) (1 credits: 1 lecture/0 lab)

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1 cr
Carpentry Lab 2
This course is used to practice the theory learned in commercial Construction 1, Cabinetry II, and concrete construction. This will gain experience in areas such as roof framing projects, cabinet construction, laminates, steel studs, and decorative concrete projects. (Prerequisite: CARP 1125) (4 credits: 0 lecture/4 lab)

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4 cr
Residential Construction 3
This course covers materials, methods, and techniques used to build stairs, railings, and spindles. Interior millwork and trims will also be discussed along with floor coverings and other interior finishes. (Prerequisite: CARP 1205 Residential Construction 2) (1 credit: 1 lecture/0 lab)

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1 cr
Commercial Construction 2
This course is designed to have students use commercial skills to complete wall assemblies, hollow metal doors and hardware, and stair assemblies. (Prerequisite: CARP 1220 Commercial Construction 1) (1 credit: 0 lecture/1 lab)

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1 cr
Commercial Construction 3
This course is designed to have students gain further knowledge of commercial building and gain knowledge of prefabricated steel buildings. (Prerequisite: CARP 2110 Commercial Construction 2) (2 credit: 1 lecture/1 lab)

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2 cr
Emerging Construction Technologies 2
This course provides the theory and practice to complete commercial systems, modern concrete practices, advanced door hardware, and sustainable building techniques. (Prerequisite: CARP 1115 Emerging Construction Technologies 1) (2 Credits: 1 lecture/1 lab)

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2 cr
Carpentry Internship
An internship allows the student the opportunity to work in an actual industry setting. This site must provide the student with skill building opportunities learned in previous courses of study and provide work that challenges the student beyond that of an unskilled worker. (Prerequisite: none) (7 credits: 0 lecture/0 lab/7 OJT)

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7 cr
45 crs

Total Credits Required for this Major: 60 Credits

Estimated Costs for this Major

Approximate Tuition/Fees:$11,994
Minimum Tool Cost:$700
Estimated Total:$13,894


Career Opportunities

  • Commercial & Residential Carpentry
  • Construction Management
  • Small Business Owner
  • Cabinet Making
  • Concrete Finisher
  • Insulator
  • Lumberyard

Career Information


Program graduates will be able to:

  1. Produce quality carpentry labor working safely under the direction of a construction foreman.
  2. Understand basic carpentry theory and apply the use of hand and power tools of the carpentry trade.
  3. Communicate efficiently with the construction company and its employees.
  4. Produce adequate math skills to be able to solve math related construction problems on site.


  • MSC Southeast program has excellent placement history
  • There is a huge demand for quality trades men and women
  • Learn new technologies such as geosystems, solar, and geothermal
  • Curriculum integrates BPI standards for energy efficiency
  • Work hands-on with non-profit organizations to better the community
  • Opportunities are almost endless -- you can take your training in several different directions.


Jonathan Powell
Jonathan Powell has been working in the construction trade for almost 20 years. He graduated from Western Technical College in La Crosse in 2001 with a diploma in Wood Technology. Jon worked as a carpenter for three years before becoming a job site superintendent with a large commercial construction company. Jon gained proficiency in large residential construction, commercial office spaces, and restaurants. After 13 years, Jon advanced into a role bidding and managing projects for a large residential contractor, where his main focus was building commercial properties and multi-million dollar custom homes. Jon enjoys all aspects of the building process and has built a solid foundation of knowledge in the construction industry.


Other Majors in the Construction Technology program

Construction Technology DIP


Construction Technology Partners

City of Winona  Habitat for Humanity ReStore

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