Phase I

Phase I

Phase I - Bonding Project

Transportation & Emerging Technologies Renovation Project

Phase I State Funding: $7.23 million

In 2012, Governor Mark Dayton and the Minnesota State Legislature approved capital funding for Phase I of the Transportation & Emerging Technologies Renovation Project on Dakota County Technical College's main campus in Rosemount, Minn. The DCTC community wishes to thank legislators, public officials, area residents and the people of Minnesota for supporting this project, which is a vital step in helping reach the goals set forward in the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities Strategic Framework. Those goals place Minnesota citizens, communities and businesses at the top of MnSCU’s list of priorities.

The following commitments define the Strategic Framework for the system’s 24 two-year colleges and seven state universities:

  • Ensure access to an extraordinary education for all Minnesotans.
  • Be the partner of choice to meet Minnesota’s workforce and community needs.
  • Deliver to students, employers, communities and taxpayers the highest value and most affordable option.

DCTC is request $7.59 million to complete Phase II of the project. Renovation projects of this magnitude are planned in phases to reduce the disruptive impact on classroom and lab space operations.

Phase I Renovation Timeline
  • February to early April 2013: TKDA oversees project's bidding process
  • End of March to early April 2013: Bidding award period
  • Mid-April 2013: Behind-the-scenes renovation begins
  • Early May 2013: Major renovation begins
  • Late August 2013 (start of fall semester): Major renovation completed

Bonding project at a glance

  • Renovating 118,000 square feet of classroom, lab and shop space used by students and faculty in the college's Transportation and Technical Careers academic program areas.
  • $7.23 million in state funding was received in 2012 for Phase I of the project.
  • $6.9 million will be requested in 2014 to fund Phase II of the project.
  • Renovation project directly advances DCTC's STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) initiatives.
  • Renovation project eliminates more than $3.5 million in deferred maintenance.

Current Classroom Photo
Current classroom, lab and shop areas for programs in DCTC's Transportation and Technical Careers departments require extensive renovation to increase space utilization efficiencies and eliminate redundancies in specialized equipment while modernizing and improving workspaces for students.

Impact on classrooms and college

  • 118,000 square feet of space will be right-sized, reorganized and modernized for the first time since 1973
  • Improvements will slash the college's Facilities Condition Index from .29 to .22 while reducing energy consumption by 20–30 percent
  • Common instructional spaces will be created for use by multiple programs, eliminating redundancies in specialized equipment needs while improving space utilization efficiency

Impact on workforce

  • 85 percent of all new jobs created in the decade after the recession formally ended will require postsecondary education (The Most Competitive Workforce in the World, Governor's Workforce Development Council, January 2013)
  • The average growth rate of all jobs by 2020 is just 14 percent while high-growth jobs requiring an associate’s degree will grow by an average of 35 percent. (Forbes, December 2012)
  • STEM occupations are projected to grow by 17 percent from 2008 to 2018, compared to 9.8 percent growth for non-STEM occupations. (U.S. Department of Commerce, July 2011)
  • In terms of emerging technologies, clean-energy investments create about 16.7 jobs for every $1 million in spending; spending on fossil fuels, by contrast, generates 5.3 jobs per $1 million in spending. (Center for American Progress, June 2009)
  • DCTC has a long history of partnering with state and national leaders in business and industry to provide skilled workers and relevant curriculum.

Impact on community and state of Minnesota

  • More than 95 percent of graduates from DCTC's Transportation and Technical Careers programs find employment in their field of study within six months of graduation.
  • The trade, transportation and utilities sectors in Minnesota will experience 10.7 percent growth between 2010 and 2020, adding 52,275 jobs. (DEED Employment Outlook, June 2012)
  • The annual median income for transportation and technical occupations is approximately $47,000.
Career Field Projected Growth 2010–2020* Median Hourly Wage*
Transportation Careers    
Automotive Service Technician 12.2% $20.42
Diesel Engine and Truck Repair 11.6% $23.22
Heavy Equipment Repair 12.3% $26.15
Emerging Technologies Careers    
Nanoscience Technician 8.5% $38.23
Biomedical Equipment Technician 26% $27.29
Civil Engineering Technician 7.6% $29.25
Technical Careers    
Electrical Lineworker 22.9% $34.14
Electrician 35.8% $32.85
Welder 12.4% $20.74

* Data retrieved from CAREERwise Education Jan. 15, 2013, for seven-county Minneapolis/St. Paul area

Transportation & Emerging Technologies Project Tour


1. Automotive Technician Area

  • 70 percent of project consists of low-visibility upgrades (electrical, mechanical, air quality)
  • Need for multipurpose classrooms shared by like programs to eliminate redundancies

2. Parts Counter

  • Used by all Transportation programs, the parts counter is currently landlocked

3. GM ASEP & Welding Technology Areas

  • Welding Tech area is currently landlocked
  • GM ASEP program routinely interrupted by welding student projects and vice versa
  • Prevailing air quality and safety issues

4. Welding Technology Area

  • Program area will be relocated to outside perimeter of college
  • Antiquated air ducts need replacing
  • Prevailing air quality and safety issues

5. Auto Body Collision Technology Area 1

  • Antiquated paint booths will be replaced with industry-standard waterborne paint booths

6. Auto Body Collision Technology Area 2

  • Reaching first floor from second floor requires entering ABCT area, which presents safety and security issues
  • Bonding project will enclose staircase

7. Heavy Construction Equipment Technology Area

  • Area requires exhaust, mechanical and electrical upgrades
  • Improved lab space will eliminate redundancies and create flexible space

8. Heavy Duty Truck Technology Area

  • Bonding project will open up spaces for improved equipment and facilities sharing
  • Feeder high schools have far more modern facilities
  • Larger classroom space needed to accommodate 24 students
  • Archaic ventilation system needs replacing

9. Electrical Construction & Maintenance Technology Area

  • Needs renovation to allow handicapped access to second floor

10. Nanoscience Technology Area

  • STEM-related lab space needs expansion to twice current size to accommodate Nanoscience Technology, Biomedical Equipment Technology and Civil Engineering Technology programs

11. GM Raytheon Training Center

  • Model of modernity for DCTC Transportation department program areas

Renovation Map

The image below shows the 118,000 square feet proposed for renovation project.

Floorplan showing the proposed remodel

For more information about the Transportation & Emerging Technologies Bonding Project, contact:
  • MnSCUMike Opp
    Dean of Transportation and Technical Careers