Iowa Western Community College

Construction Technology

Construction Technology

Just the Facts

Program Start Term: Fall and Spring
Program Length: 2 Semesters
Award: Diploma


Completed Online: No
Completed in the Evenings: No
Pathway: Career Path
Career Cluster: Industrial Technology and Transportation
Program Locations: Council Bluffs Campus



About the Program

The Construction Technology program of study provides a basic knowledge of carpentry and related skills used in the residential and commercial construction industry. Students learn the building or remodeling of homes, apartments and commercial structures. The program provides the opportunity to learn and apply all phases of the industry with emphasis on carpentry and the related areas of electricity, HVAC, blueprint reading, and math. Graduates of this program are awarded a diploma.

Career Information

Carpenters construct and repair building frameworks and structures—such as stairways, doorframes, partitions, rafters, and bridge supports—made from wood and other materials. They also may install kitchen cabinets, siding, and drywall.  There is a high demand for carpenters in the nationwide.  

Program Outcomes

Upon the successful completion of the program students will:

  • Identify and demonstrate the use of appropriate tools safely for residential construction.
  • Demonstrate the basic practices in electrical, plumbing, and HVAC and how it relates to residential construction.
  • Identify the various types of interior finishes in residential construction.
  • Demonstrate how to construct floor, wall, ceiling, and stair systems in residential construction.
  • Identify and demonstrate the interior and exterior components and finishes of a commercial building.
  • Prepare an estimate (quantity take-off) for residential construction.
  • Interpret residential and commercial blueprints and plans.

SALARY INFORMATION
Average: $21.90
Entry Level: $12.55
Experienced: $45.36

* Salary information from EMSI Analyst Database.