Utility Construction Technician

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Utility Construction Technician

Unique in the state

Technical Diploma

37 Credits | 1 Year

Financial Aid-Eligible

Rice Lake

Career Cluster: Architecture and Construction

Utility Construction Technician can lead to a variety of career options in the utility services industry. Utility contractors and public municipalities of all sizes need a skilled workforce to install and maintain various utility systems including fiber optics, copper communications, electric, water/sewer, oil and natural gas pipelines.

Program Overview

The Utility Construction Technician program will introduce outside plant cabling practices, installed as aerial cable between poles in an underground conduit system or by direct burial. Students will understand the basic electricity, blue print reading and facility locating. Students will have the ability to obtain a CDL class A permit. They will practice basic construction practices techniques for outside plant services. Students will analyze work zone safety practices and receive an OSHA 10 permit.

Program Outcomes

Employers will expect Utility Construction Technician graduates to be able to:

  • Demonstrate safe practices and techniques
  • Perform site location and preparation
  • Perform construction practices
  • Apply basic electrical principles
  • Demonstrate customer service
  • Complete CDL-A licensure
  • Analyze broadband principles
  • Demonstrate heavy equipment operation
  • Utilize construction plans
  • Perform preventative maintenance practices

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Project-based learning.

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Use current utility equipment.

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Utility Construction Technician classes are held at the Rice Lake campus. Students of the program will obtain the hands-on training that employers in the industry are looking for in an applicant. 

One-Year Technical Diploma

After just two semesters, successful graduates of this program will be prepared with the entry-level skills needed to enter the utility workforce.


Industry Certifications

Industry Certifications awarded to students include: OSHA 10, WIS DOT Flagger Certification, and First Aid, CPR, AED. Industry Certifications that students may have the ability to obtain include: CDL Class A and ETA Fiber Optic Installer Certification.

Simulation Training

Students have the opportunity to utilize simulation training, including: Truck Driving, Excavator and Backhoe.


This program will introduce outside plant cabling practices, installed as aerial cable between poles in an underground conduit system or by direct burial. Students will understand the basic electricity, blue print reading and facility locating. Students will have the ability to obtain a CDL class A permit. They will practice basic construction practices techniques for outside plant services. Students will analyze work zone safety practices and receive an OSHA 10 permit. 

Explore the Curriculum

Featured Utility Construction Technician Courses

| 4 CR
This course introduces the student to buried construction practices used in the utility service industry. Students will safely use hardware components and the equipment used in industry for rigging and installation procedures. Students will be safely introduced to a variety of construction machinery and operate in a controlled construction site environment setting. Students will load and unload machinery to safety specifications and secure loads to meet DOT regulations.
| 3 CR
This course will introduce the students to fiber optic communication systems. Topics covered include fiber optic design, installation, test and maintenance for multimode and singlemode networks. This class will benefit those with little or no fiber experience.
| 3 CR
This is the first of three courses in the 10-week Truck Driving technical diploma. Become prepared for entry-level positions as a commercial driver and understand basic information about trucks and their operation. You will need to present your DOT physical (Fed-Med) card and CDL Permit (CLP) prior to enrolling in the course. A scheduled drug screen is required prior to behind-the-wheel training. If you need assistance with passing the CLP, refer to the CDL Theory course designed to help you prepare for the test. NOTE: It is required that the Truck Driving program students enroll in all three levels of truck driving (30458304, 30458305, 30458303) at the same time to secure space. PREREQUISITE: Admission to the Truck Driving, Utility Construction Technician or Diesel Equipment Technician Plan.

Utility Construction Technician is Part of a Career Pathway

As a Utility Construction Technician student at Northwood Tech, you can earn credentials each step of the way! 

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Technical Diploma
10 Credits / Less than 1 Year
Potential Careers
Company Driver/Owner Operator, Driver Manager. Driver Mentor, Local/Regional/Long Distance Driver, Recruiting Specialist, Dispatch Driver, Over-the-Road Truck Driver, Straight Truck Driver (Dump, Cement, Delivery)
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Technical Diploma
37 Credits / 1 Year
Potential Careers
Utility Service Operator, Vibratory Plow Operator, Horizontal Directional Drill Operator, Excavator Operator, Truck Driver Equipment Hauler, Fiber Optic and Copper Splicer, Utility Service Flagger, Underground Facilities Locator, Utility Service Laborer
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Financial Aid

Financial aid is available to help you pay for your education. It can come in the form of grants, loans, federal work-study, military and veterans benefits, division of vocational rehabilitation benefits, and scholarships. 

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Estimated Total Program Costs 2022-23*

Utility Construction Technician

37 Credits | 1 Year


*Tuition is an estimate and does not include any miscellaneous fees for various courses, tools, books, supplies or uniforms. Program book costs are in addition to tuition and fees and vary depending on course selection and where the books are purchased or rented. 

After the Northwood Tech Utility Construction Technician Program

Upon completion of the program, you will obtain a Utility Construction Technician technical diploma. 

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Transfer Options

Transfer your Northwood Tech credits to a four-year college in Wisconsin to obtain your bachelor's degree and beyond.

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Career Outlooks

Northwood Tech's graduates experience success. Learn more about the types of careers you can get after graduation. 

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The PCCA Education & Research Foundation website allows members and their employees’ college-bound students to apply online for the new PCCA Scholarship Program. Scholarships of up to $10,000 are awarded each year to selected applicants.

Professional Licensure and/or Certification Information

Northwood Tech’s Utility Construction Technician program is designed to prepare students to obtain the required licensure to be employed/practice in the state of Wisconsin. However, Northwood Tech has not made a determination whether this program meets the requirements for preparation, examination, or licensure for states other than Wisconsin. Students who may be seeking professional licensure or certification in states other than Wisconsin should contact the appropriate licensing board in the state to verify that the Northwood Tech program meets licensure or certification requirements.

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