Subject Area: Construction Technology
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.
- Apply for admission.
- Submit official high school, high school equivalency and/or college transcripts to the Admissions Office of the campus you plan to attend.
- Complete ACCUPLACER® reading and writing assessment and ALEKS® math assessment for course placement. Assessments may be waived based on previous college coursework or submission of valid ACT®, ACT Compass® or ALEKS® test scores. ACCUPLACER® scores are valid for three years, and ALEKS® scores are valid for 18 months.
Term 1 Course Title Credits 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 Course Title Credits 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 Course Title Credits 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.
The annual income range for Carpentry graduates is $24,407 - $36,376.
Source: EMSI; Salary range represents 10th percentile - median annual wage for related occupations within a 100-mile radius from the center distance between Calmar and Peosta Campuses. Growth rate based on projections from 2017-2021.
Future Ready Iowa is an initiative led by the governor to build Iowa’s talent pipeline by meeting the goal of 70 percent of all Iowans to have a two- or four-year college degree, industry recognized certificate or other credential that meets employer need by 2025. Northeast Iowa Community College has the programs necessary to meet this goal.
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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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)
Dean of Career and Technical Education
800.728.2256, ext. 240
Carpentry Instructor, Calmar
800.728.2256, ext. 480
Carpentry Instructor, Peosta
800.728.7367, ext. 238