A female carpentry student in a blue hardhat saws a piece of lumber in front of a construction site.


Subject Area: STEM, Advanced Manufacturing and Construction

Award: Diploma

Minimum Credits: 48

Location: Calmar, Peosta

Entry: Summer, Spring, Fall


The Carpentry program offers education and practical experience in basic residential carpentry. Students 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 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
  1. Apply for admission.
  2. Submit official high school, high school equivalency and/or college transcripts to the Admissions Office of the campus you plan to attend.
  3. Complete ACCUPLACER® reading and writing assessment and ALEKS® math assessment. Testing may be waived based on previous college coursework or submission of valid ACT®, ACT Compass® or ALEKS® test scores. Scores are valid for three years.
Academic Requirements

View the printable Ed Plan.

Term 1
CON:111 Basic Drafting 2.0
CON:113 Construction Print Reading  2.0
CON:388 Basic Construction Skills 1.5
CON:397 Construction I 2.0
CON:398 Construction Lab I 4.5


Term 2
CON:100 Basic Carpentry 1.0
CON:336 Care/Use of Hand/Power Tools 1.0
CON:391 Construction II 3.0
CON:395 Construction Lab II 8.5
MAT:773 Applied Math II 3.0
SDV:179 The College Experience 3.0


Term 3
CON:209 Intro to Drywall 1.0
CON:369 Cabinet Installation 1.0
CON:370 Interior Doors and Hardware 1.0
CON:393 Construction III 3.0
CON:394 Construction Lab III 7.5
* Communication Elective 3.0

During term one, while enrolled in CON:398, students will complete a ten-hour OSHA training course online through Career Safe Online.


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

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.

Employment Information

With an annual income range of $27,444 - $44,182 and a projected growth of 7.4%, the career outlook for Carpentry graduates is growing.

Source: EMSI; Salary range represents 10th percentile - median annual wage for related occupations in the NICC district. Growth rate based on projections from 2016-2020.

View Gainful Employment information for this program.

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 Specialties, 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 Carpentry programs are recognized by the NCCER (National Center for Construction Education and Research). All Peosta and 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