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Construction Technology

Campus Location: Peosta

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 Northeast Iowa Community College Construction Technology program is recognized by the Master Builders of Iowa through the National Center for Construction Education and Research.

Construction Technology

Admissions Requirements:

  • Submission of your official high school transcript with ACT score.
  • Submission of transcript from any college or university previously attended.
  • Completion of ACCUPLACER assessment if necessary.


Construction Technology

Academic Requirements:

Minimum Credits: 77.5

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:166 Construction Lab I: Foundations 4.0
CON:375 Construction I 3.0


Term 2
CON:391 Construction II 3.0
CON:392 Construction Lab II 10.5
* Math Elective 3.0


Term 3
CON:393 Construction III 3.0
CON:394 Construction Lab III 10.5
* Communication Elective 3.0


Term 4
BCA:112 Intro to Data Processing OR 3.0
ECN:110 Intro to Economics 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


Communication Electives: COM:723, ENG:105, SPC:112

Math Electives: MAT:063, MAT:744, MAT:779

Note: During term one, while enrolled in CON:166, students will complete a ten-hour OSHA training course online through Career Safe Online.

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

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

Demonstrated computer literacy is required for graduation and may be met by completion of a college computer literacy course acceptable to the department.

Construction Technology

Employment Information:

Iowa Workforce Development Estimated Salary

  • $22,881 - $31,150 - Region 1: Cosntruction 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

Sample Job Titles


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