Construction Studies Faculty
David Hazlewood has been the Department Chair of the Construction Technology program at Iowa Western Community College since May 2008. Prior to becoming the Department Chair he taught Residential and Commercial Construction and Welding in the Construction Technology program for 7 years. David was a successful general contractor in both residential and light commercial construction in Texas for 8 years. He also taught engineering and explosives for the United States Marine Corps at Quantico, Virginia for two years. David graduated from The Marine Corps University School of Engineering. He has also attended Tarleton State University, Texas Tech University, and Iowa Western Community College. He has obtained many teaching and construction certifications over his 25 years in education and the construction industry. David holds a residential and commercial license in Iowa. David is affiliated with The Associated General Contractors of America-Nebraska Building Chapter, National Association of Home Builders & Home Builders Institute, Metro Home Builders Association of Omaha, Council Bluff Building Trades Association, Home Builders Association of Iowa, the Home Builders Association of Lincoln, and the Master Builders of Iowa.
Robert E Klepfer II
Rob began his career as a Construction Technology instructor in the fall of 2008, with Iowa Western Community College, and since, has enjoyed instructing a diversified group of students in the science of carpentry and construction management. His family greatly influenced his passion for building, as many of them worked in various construction-related trades. He began his career in the construction industry in 1979, as an apprentice carpenter with a local home builder and has worked for over 30 years as a carpenter in residential and commercial construction. Rob has experience and training in all areas of residential and commercial construction. He has held positions as journeyman carpenter, foreman and jobsite production manager. He started his own construction company 1991, where he fulfilled a number of contracts in commercial and residential construction projects in Eastern Nebraska, Southwestern South Dakota and Western Iowa. He is a member and advisor in the Construction Technology Program’s Student Chapter of the Associated General Contractors of America.
Rob enjoys learning about new building products and best practices in the industry, which compliments his classes and labs as he instructs his students in construction science. There is no greater reward for him than to watch his students learn, understand and apply the construction principles that he is so passionate about. His goal as an instructor is to empower his students with the knowledge, skills and confidence to be successful in the construction industry today.