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Top 4 Reasons to Pursue a Career in Construction

As the home building industry celebrates Careers in Construction, we’re sharing the top four reasons to consider a rewarding career in residential construction.

Diversity of Skilled Trades to Consider

A home builder relies on many highly trained workers to get the job done right. This includes dozens of skilled artisans and professionals, including carpenters, architects, engineers, plumbers, electricians, painters, and landscapers. Analysis from the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) shows that 70 percent of builders typically use between 11 and 30 subcontractors to build a single-family home. Indeed, there are many different trades you can pursue depending on your personal interests.  

Job Opportunities Across the Country

As the housing market continues to strengthen, home builders across the country are seeking skilled workers, such as carpenters, framers, and roofers, to help them build the American Dream. This means there is many opportunities for motivated students seeking a rewarding career path.

In fact, the residential construction industry is one of the few sectors where demand for new workers is rising. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics and NAHB analysis, the number of open construction sector jobs (on a seasonally adjusted basis) increased to 232,000 in July 2017.

Some of the most popular construction trades, including:

  • Electrical
  • Carpentry
  • Painting
  • Masonry
  • HVAC
  • Plumbing

Jobs Satisfaction and Competitive Salaries

Residential construction workers consistently express high job satisfaction and salaries remain competitive with other industries. The top 25% in most construction trades professions earn at least $60,000 annually.



The Winnegamie Home Builders Association awards scholarships and tool grants to area students. For more information about the scholarships click here or call WHBA at 920-235-2962.

Construction Program Scholarship Application for the 2019  pdf Scholarship Application, 2019 (257 KB)                                               

Resources for Students

FVTC Residential Building Construction Program

1 year Technical Diploma, S.J. Spanbauer Center, Oshkosh

Welcome to Residential Building Construction!

If you enjoy building and remodeling, you will want to consider this exciting, one-year technical diploma program.  Our small class size and intensive hands-on training format, combined with your effort and commitment to excellence, will put you in a strong position to fill the many jobs available in the industry.  

Program Description

This one-year technical diploma program is designed for anyone interested in a career in residential construction.  The hands-on program will prepare you for employment with residential builders, remodelers, subcontractors, material suppliers and other specialists closely-allied with the residential building market.  

Construction theory and lab practice will be taught at Fox Valley technical College's S.J. Spanbauer Center in Oshkosh.  You will gain hands-on field experience through the construction or remodeling of a complete residence to be built on-site within the FVTC district.  This full-time day program is for 1 year - delivered in a three semester format, with entry in January and August as openings exist.  

Program/Plan Admission Requirements

      Proof of High School diploma, GED, or HSED completion

Contact Fox Valley Technical College Site Supervisor Paul Lewandowski at 1-920-585-9624 or email Paul at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or you can call WHBA 235-2962 for more information.

Fox Valley Technical College provides high-quality education and training that support student goals, a skilled workforce, and the economic vitality of our communities.