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Campus Location: Calmar, Peosta

Program Entry: Fall, Spring, Summer

Award: Diploma


The Carpentry program offers education and practical experience in basic residential carpentry. You will receive competency-based instruction in the use of up-to-date carpentry production equipment such as saws, jointers, sanders and routers. Practical experience is provided through construction of a residence each year by the carpentry students. As the carpentry trade is one of the most basic trades in our society, employment opportunities for carpenters may be found in communities of all sizes.

The Northeast Iowa Community College Carpentry program is recognized by the Master Builders of Iowa through the National Center for Construction Education and Research.



Admissions Requirements:

  • Submission of your official high school transcript with ACT score.
  • Submission of transcript from any college or university previously attended.
  • Completion of ACCUPLACER assessment if necessary.




Academic Requirements:

Minimum Credits: 48

View the printable Ed Plan.

Term 1
CON:111 Basic Drafting 2.0
CON:113 Construction Print Reading  2.0
CON:166 Construction Lab I: Foundations 4.0
CON:375 Construction I 3.0
CON:388 Basic Construction Skills 1.5


Term 2
CON:391 Construction II 3.0
CON:392 Construction Lab II 10.5
SDV:135 Job Seeking Skills 1.0
SDV:200 Intro to Computers 1.5
* Math Elective 3.0


Term 3
CON:393 Construction III 3.0
CON:394 Construction Lab III 10.5
* Communication Elective 3.0


Communication Electives: COM:723, ENG:105, SPC:112

Math Electives:  MAT:063, MAT:744, MAT:779

Note: Prior to the completion of Term 1, students are required to provide their program faculty with a copy of their First Aid/CPR certificate. During term one, while enrolled in CON:166, students will complete a ten-hour OSHA training course online through Career Safe Online.


Employment Information:

View Gainful Employment information for this program.

Iowa Workforce Development Estimated Salary

  • $22,840 - $36,113 - Region 1: Carpenters
  • $26,430 - $33,379 - Region 1: Cement Masons and Concrete Finishers
  • $22,881 - $31,150 - Region 1: Construction Laborers
  • $23,083 - $30,772 - Statewide: Roofers
  • $29,017 - $38,814 - Statewide: Drywall and Ceiling Tile Installers
  • $43,572 - $68,663 - Statewide: Sales Reps, Wholesale & Manufacturing, Technical and Scientific Products
  • $35,454 - $52,368 - Statewide: Cost Estimators
  • $45,805 - $69,359 - Statwide: Construction Managers

Iowa Workforce Development Estimated Annual Openings (Statewide)


Employers of NICC Alumni

Bries Custom Homes LLC, Guttenberg, IA
CDL Construction, Festina, IA
Gronen Properties, Dubuque, IA
Hageman Builders LLC, Calmar, IA
Jerry Spiegelhalter Construction, Dubuque, IA
Kurt Huinker Construction, St. Lucas, IA
Lumber Specialities, Dyersville, IA
Manders Construction, Bellevue, IA
Septagon Construction, Cedar Rapids, IA
Spoden Construction, Dyersville, IA
Sun Opta, Cresco, IA
Total Build, Fayette, IA
Von Ruden Construction, Sparta, WI

Sample Job Titles


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Additional Information:

The Calmar carpentry program is recognized by the NCCER (National Center for Construction Education and Research). In addition, all Calmar carpentry students will become OSHA certified through Career Safe Online.


  • Off-campus Building Site (Calmar)
  • Job Site House Project (Peosta, various locations)


Lenny Graves
Dean of Career and Technical Education
800.728.2256, ext. 240

Brian Ondrashek
Carpentry Instructor-Calmar
800.728.2256, ext. 480

Terry Burds
Carpentry Instructor-Peosta
800.728.7367, ext. 238