B.S. Construction | University of Wisconsin - Stout

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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.

We offer:

  • Modern and well-equipped laboratories rather than lecture formats
  • An involved Industry Advisory Board
  • Hands-on experience and practical real-world training through labs and a required co-op experience
  • Committed and supportive faculty with industry experience

Courses and curriculum include:

  • Structural systems
  • Site engineering
  • Construction methods and materials
  • Estimating
  • Architectural technology
  • Environmental systems
  • Business and management
  • Communications

Construction students receive awards from national groups

Students majoring in construction at UW-Stout were recognized this spring by two national organizations.
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UW-Stout's Construction program prepares you for several different career options including:

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

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.

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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 engineers or managers, field engineers, 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. 

Position Titles and Employers

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

Go Further

M.S. Degree in Construction Management

UW-Stout's Master of Science in Construction Management is a online degree for working professionals.

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