In Wisconsin, building inspection courses are usually found in larger civil engineering technology or building systems technology programs. Studies are offered at a few technical colleges at the associate degree level. These undergraduate programs train students in field safety and construction fundamentals. Listed below are short overviews of three of the building inspector training programs in Wisconsin. A comparison table showing individual school programs and tuition prices is also included.
Milwaukee Area Technical College
This 2-year, public school in Milwaukee has a little more than 19,400 students attending classes. The school offers an associate's program in civil engineering, which trains students in surveying, mapping and solving technical problems in public construction projects. In this 70-credit hour program, students take coursework in public works engineering and estimating, structural detailing, and soils and materials testing. There are also 28 credit hours of general education courses.
Northeast Wisconsin Technical College
Located in Green Bay, Northeast Wisconsin Technical College is home to over 9,500 students. The school offers a civil engineering technology degree program that educates students on how to interpret and examine building specifications and prints. Students also learn how to work with owners and contractors to enforce contract specifications, zoning ordinances and building codes. Courses in this program include surveying and mapping, construction methods and building systems, land laws and water technology.
Western Technical College
La Crosse's Western Technical College (WTC) offers an associate's program in building services technology, which trains students in building new construction projects according to energy-efficient principles. Students in this program take courses in computer-aided design (CAD), building science and materials, building codes and standards, green building systems and technical reporting. A total of 61 credit hours are required for completion of the program. Students seeking to advance their studies can transfer their completed credits to one of the five 4-year schools available through WTC 's transfer agreements.
School Comparison: At a Glance
|School Name||School Type & Setting||Building Inspector Programs Offered||Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2015-16)|
|Milwaukee Area Technical College||2-year, public; large city||Associate in Applied Science in Civil Engineering Technology|| $4,360 (in-state)*
|Northeast Wisconsin Technical College||2-year, public; midsize city||Associate Degree in Civil Engineering Technology|| $4,280 (in-state)*
|Western Technical College||2-year, public; small city||Associate in Applied Science in Building Systems Technology|| $3,779 (in-state)*
Source: *NCES College Navigator