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Associate's Program

Associate of Applied Science Degree in Construction Technologies at FTIUM

Careers in the finishing trades are expanding.

Our growing industry demands highly educated workers who have their heads in the game and their boots on the ground.

Our infrastructure is growing.

That means our workers need to meet the moment by gaining highly specialized skills and certifications.

Our workers need:
  • Long-term career advancement
    • Expertise in specialized, sought-after skills in your area of concentration
    • Your pathway to undergraduate & masters degrees
    • Entrepreneurial training and strategic networking
    • Public speaking and written communication skills
    • Personal satisfaction/achievement
  • Opportunities for career advancement:
    • Project management
    • Superintendent
    • Inspector
    • Sales
    • Estimator
    • Union leadership
    • Business owner/operator
    • Management and front office roles
I’m interested.
AAS program exclusive to IUPAT DC 82 members

Program requirements

  • 6000 on-the-job (OJL) learning hours
  • 450 or 480 classroom hours (program-dependent)
  • 5 general education classes

General education classes

  • Effective Communication
  • Effective Writing
  • Survey of Mathematics
  • US Government and Civic Engagement
  • Business Computer Systems
Choose from 5 different concentrations:
Commercial Painters apply decorative and protective finishes in residential, commercial, institutional, and industrial settings. They prepare a variety of surfaces (wood, masonry, drywall, plaster, concrete, synthetics, stucco and metal) prior to the application of materials such as paint, high performance coatings, waterproofing, fireproofing, varnish, shellac, wall coverings and special decorative finishes.

Industrial Coating and Lining Application Specialists apply techniques to prepare substrates for coating and lining application. Industrial Coating and Lining Application Specialists apply/install protective coatings and linings to steel and concrete on complex structures.

Coating Application Specialist

Drywall Finishers prepare drywall panels for painting by taping and finishing the joints and imperfections in the drywall surface.

Drywall Finisher

Glaziers are responsible for selecting, cutting, installing, replacing, and removing all types of glass. They install architectural aluminum window systems, glass handrail, mirrors, door entrances and decorative wall systems in commercial and residential buildings


Glassworkers work in manufacturing and fabrication settings. Glassworkers fabricate aluminum window systems, shower enclosures, mirrors, door entrances and manufacture glass for commercial and residential buildings.


Hybrid learning

Learn online at home*, at the training center, and in the classroom at FTIUM.

*High-speed internet access is required for course completion

The associate of applied science degree in construction technologies is available to almost all those who are currently enrolled in or completed an apprenticeship with the Finishing Trades Institute of the Upper Midwest. Students enrolled in this program will learn all the aspects of their apprenticeship trade such as glazier, glassworker, drywall finisher (3-year program only), commercial painter, and coating application specialist, and then add five trade-focused general education courses.

The general education courses provide additional skill development while increasing knowledge in humanities, behavioral science, math, and applied science in addition to the related technical instruction. Students in this program work through academic competencies such as applied mathematics and types of business communication.

General education courses are offered on a three-semester cycle and start in both the fall and spring semesters. Students may enroll at any time during that cycle.

An Associate of Applied Science Degree in Construction Technologies from FTIUM can take your career to new heights.

Requirements to enroll:

  • A high school diploma or GED
  • DC 82 apprentice or journeyperson
  • Ability to pay modest tuition

Contact FTIUM to learn about current tuition pricing. Check out our scholarship opportunity.

Program length

Earning the FTIUM Associate of Applied Science Degree in Construction Technologies typically takes about three years, but can vary based on factors such as your number of completed general education courses and progress in your apprenticeship program.

I’m interested.

*Apprentices transferring credit from non-accredited apprenticeship programs or those who have completed an FTIUM apprenticeship before 2014 will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.

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