Subject Area: Construction Technology
Award: Associate of Applied Science
Minimum Credits: 80
Entry: Summer, Spring, Fall
The Construction Technology program prepares you for commercial carpentry, entry-level management or trainee supervisory positions in the construction and materials supply industry. Courses in hands-on construction experience, communications, business and mathematics develop the job site skills necessary to exercise supervision of a construction site after some practical experience.
This program is designed to train you for employment in the construction technology field as well as increase skills and opportunities if you are already employed in a construction field. Construction managers may be employed by a construction firm or as part of a construction team in supervisory and management positions in lumber retail outlets, small stores where lumber products are sold or distributed and sales and management in wholesale supply organizations. The construction manager advises and assists the construction team; reviews construction plans and specifications; makes recommendations regarding the feasibility, economy, materials, labor, projected costs and time requirements for project activities; and supervises all aspects of the construction process. Wages will vary with location of job and experience.
The Construction Technology program is recognized by the Master Builders of Iowa through the National Center for Construction Education and Research.
- 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.
Summer 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 Fall 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 Spring 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 II 3.0 CON:396 Construction Lab III 7.5 * Communication Elective 3.0 Fall Course Title Credits BCA:212 Intro to Computer Business Apps 3.0 CAD:104 Computer Aided Drafting OR 3.0 CAD:172 Intro to CAD: AutoCAD 2.0 CON:382 Construction IV 5.0 CON:383 Building Codes and Specifications 3.0 Psychology Elective (transfer-level) 3.0 Spring Course Title Credits CAD:175 Advanced CAD: AutoCAD 2.0 CON:384 Cabinet Making 5.0 CON:385 Construction Estimating 3.0 ENV:115 Environmental Science 3.0 Social Science Elective (transfer-level) 3.0
Prior to completion of term one, students will acquire a completion certificate for First Aid/CPR.
During term one, while enrolled in CON:398, students will complete a ten-hour OSHA training course online through Career Safe Online.
It is suggested that all students work in commercial construction during the summer between their term three and term four semesters.
Communication Electives: COM:723, ENG:105, SPC:112
With an annual income range of $30,099 - $43,485 and a projected growth of 3.2%, the career outlook for Construction Technology graduates is growing.
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 past NICC Alumni
CJT Construction, Dubuque, IA
Theisen Construction, La Motte, IA
Septagon Construction, Cedar Rapids, IA
The Construction Technology program is recognized by the NCCER (National Center for Construction Education and Research). All students will become OSHA certified through Career Safe Online.
The Construction Technology program maintains formal articulation agreements with the institutions listed below. Students are encouraged to speak with their transfer college or university to verify that their planned courses at NICC will meet necessary requirements. Learn more about transferring from NICC.
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