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Construction Technology

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Program Entry: Fall, Spring, Summer

Award: Associate of Applied Science


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.

Construction Technology

Admissions Requirements:

  1. Apply for admission.
  2. Complete ACT Compass® admission testing. Testing may be waived based on previous college coursework or submission of valid ACT®, ACCUPLACER® 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.

Construction Technology

Academic Requirements:

Minimum Credits: 80

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:396 Construction Lab III 7.5
* Communication Elective 3.0


Term 4
BCA:212 Intro to Computer Business Apps 3.0
CAD:104 Computer Aided Drafting OR 3.0
CAD:172 Intro to CAD: Auto CAD 2.0
CON:382 Construction IV 5.0
CON:383 Building Codes and Specifications 3.0
  Psychology Elective (transfer-level) 3.0


Term 5
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

It is suggested that all students work in commercial construction during the summer between their term three and term four semesters.

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 completion of term one, students will acquire a completion certificate for First Aid/CPR.

Construction Technology

Employment Information:

Iowa Workforce Development Estimated Salary

  • $22,881 - $31,150 - Region 1: Construction Laborers
  • $31,881 - $49,388 - Region 1: Operating Engineers and Other Construction Equipment Operators
  • $45,805 - $69,359 - Statewide: Construction Managers
  • $43,572 - $68,663 - Statewide: Sales Reps, Wholesale & Manufacturing, Technical & Scientific Products
  • $35,454 - $52,368 - Statewide: Cost Estimators
  • $26,430 - $33,379 - Region 1: Cement Masons and Concrete Finishers
  • $23,083 - $30,772 - Statewide: Roofers
  • $30,345 - $48,820 - Statewide: Construction & Building Inspectors

Students graduating from this program may also be qualified to supervise construction trades workers with experience.

Iowa Workforce Development Estimated Annual Openings (Statewide)


Employers of past NICC Alumni

CJT Construction, Dubuque, IA
Theisen Construction, La Motte, IA
Septagon Construction, Cedar Rapids, IA

Construction Technology

Additional Information:

Articulation Agreement

Northeast Iowa Community College maintains articulation agreements with many area colleges and universities. The Construction Technology program has an official articulation in place with the University of Northern Iowa.


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

Terry Burds
Carpentry Instructor
800.728.7367, ext. 238