Construction Technology

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Construction Technology

Subject Area: STEM, Advanced Manufacturing and Construction

Award: Associate of Applied Science

Minimum Credits: 80

Location: Peosta

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.

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 II 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: AutoCAD 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.

Employment Information

With an annual income range of $28,300 - $41,469 and a projected growth of 6.4%, the career outlook for Construction Technology 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.

Employers of past NICC Alumni

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

Additional Information

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.

Transfer Information

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.


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