Carpentry

An instructor in a green hard hat assists a female student in a red hard hat as she kneels on the ground and saws building materials in front of a construction area.

Carpentry

Subject Area: STEM, Advanced Manufacturing and Construction

Award: Diploma

Minimum Credits: 48

Location: Calmar, Peosta

Entry: Summer, Spring, Fall

Contact email: ondrashekb@nicc.edu, burdst@nicc.edu

Description

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. Complete ACCUPLACER® admission testing. 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.
  3. Submit official high school, high school equivalency and/or college transcripts to the Admissions Office of the campus you plan to attend.
Academic Requirements

View the printable Ed Plan.

Term 1
CourseTitleCredits
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
CourseTitleCredits
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
CourseTitleCredits
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.

*Electives

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 average annual income of $24,897 - $58,926 and a projected growth of 25.6%, the career outlook for Carpentry graduates is outstanding.

Source: Institutional Effectiveness

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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

Carpenter

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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.

Facilities

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

Lenny Graves
Dean of Career and Technical Education
800.728.2256, ext. 240
gravesl@nicc.edu

Brian Ondrashek
Carpentry Instructor, Calmar
800.728.2256, ext. 480
ondrashekb@nicc.edu

Terry Burds
Carpentry Instructor, Peosta
800.728.7367, ext. 238
burdst@nicc.edu