Department: Trades

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 an emphasis on carpentry and the related areas of electricity, HVAC, blueprint reading, and math. Graduates of this program are awarded a diploma.

The Plumbing Technology program of study prepares students for entry-level skills positions in both the residential and commercial plumbing industry. Classes focus on safety, hand and power tools, materials, pipe joining methods, codebook layout, pipefitting, troubleshooting, print reading, and trade calculation. Graduates of this program are awarded a diploma.

The Civil Engineering Technician program of study prepares students for a career as a technician working under the supervision of an engineer, contractor, or architect.  Students learn skills in drafting, computer-aided design (CAD), construction inspection, soil hydrology, GIS/GPS, and surveying techniques. Graduates of this program are awarded a diploma.

The Construction Management Certificate program of study prepares students for management/supervisory positions in the construction technology program. This program exposes students to estimating, management styles, drafting/CAD, construction inspections, and economical factors. Graduates of this program are awarded a certificate. Students entering this program should have some experience in carpentry or similar fields. 

The Construction Management program of study provides a basic knowledge of carpentry and prepares students for management/supervisory positions in the construction field or a similar industry. Students learn all phases of building or remodeling of homes, apartments, and commercial structures. Students gain practical experience during a full-time, paid internship in the construction field during the 2nd year of the program. Graduates of this program are awarded an Associate of Applied Science degree.

The Drafting and CAD Certificate program of study teaches basic drafting and design fundamentals utilizing multiple industry computer-aided design (CAD) programs.  Students work in entry level drafting or design positions for civil engineering firms, architect firms, and manufacturing companies. Basic surveying and constructions skills are also taught. Graduates of this program are awarded a certificate.

New program pending state and regional accreditation approval

The Residential Plumbing Certificate program of study prepares students for entry-level skills positions in the residential plumbing industry. Classes focus on safety, hand and power tools, materials, pipe joining methods, codebook layout, plan and print reading, and trade calculation. Graduates of this program are awarded a certificate.

New program pending state and regional accreditation approval.

The HVAC/R Maintenance Certificate program of study provides the basic skills necessary to gain meaningful employment as an entry-level Heating, Ventilation & Air Conditioning (HVAC) apprentice or assistant. The certificate program is designed to train students to assist in becoming HVAC technicians. Students will learn to troubleshoot and service HVAC/R systems. The certificate does not qualify graduates for the State of Iowa’s specialty license.  Graduates of this program are awarded a certificate. 

The HVAC/R Technology Diploma program of study provides all of the skills necessary to gain meaningful employment as an entry-level Heating, Ventilation & Air Conditioning (HVAC) technician. The diploma program is designed to train students to be HVAC technicians in a real-world, hands-on environment. Students will learn to troubleshoot, install, and maintain HVAC/R systems. This program is designed to meet the related technical instruction for some DOE apprenticeship programs. Graduates of this program are awarded a diploma.

The Construction Technology: Carpentry Certificate program of study prepares students for entry level jobs in the residential construction industry. This certificate program will expose students to carpentry theory, techniques, and building materials. Students receive safety training and complete the 10-hour OSHA and EPA training. Graduates of this program are awarded a certificate..

The Electrical Technology Certificate Program prepares individuals to apply technical knowledge and skills to install, operate, maintain, and repair electric apparatus and systems such as residential, commercial, and industrial electric-power wiring; and DC and AC motors, controls, and electrical distribution panels. Includes instruction in the principles of electronics and electrical systems, wiring, power transmission, safety, industrial and household appliances, job estimation, electrical testing and inspection, and applicable codes and standards.

The Electrical Technology Diploma Program prepares individuals to apply technical knowledge and skills to install, operate, maintain, and repair electric apparatus and systems such as residential, commercial, and industrial electric-power wiring; and DC and AC motors, controls, and electrical distribution panels. Includes instruction in the principles of electronics and electrical systems, wiring, power transmission, safety, industrial and household appliances, job estimation, electrical testing and inspection, and applicable codes and standards.