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Iowa Western Community College

Construction Technology

Construction Technology

Just the Facts

Program Start Term: Fall Only
Program Length: 4 Semesters, 1 Summer
Award: A.A.S.

Number of Majors: 43
Average Class Size: 14
Program Capacity: 30
Part-Time or Full-Time: Both
Program Courses Offered: Day
Program Locations: Council Bluffs Campus

About the Program

Build yourself a solid future by enrolling in Iowa Western's Construction Technology program. This two-year program will prepare you for a rewarding career in carpentry and its related skills for application in the field of residential and commercial construction.

This program will provide the students with knowledge and skills in energy efficiency and sustainable practices in construction.

Each year, the students get real-world experience by constructing a residential home.  Over the past 15 years, the Construction Technology program has partnered with non-profit organizations within the community such as, Habitat for Humanity and Community Housing Investment Corporation.  Students in the program have completed more than 100,000 hours of community services projects and more than 40,000 college projects services hours.

There are many paid internships available, and some lead to students being hired by the companies offering the internship.



Career Information

The Construction Technology program is designed to place students into the workforce upon completion of the two-year degree. This program trains students to be proficient in all phases of residential and commercial construction. Because the program provides the opportunity to learn and apply all phases of the industry but places emphasis on carpentry and the related areas of electricity, blueprint reading, and math, graduates are especially prepared for jobs in these areas. Specific jobs range from being an installer and finisher in a variety of aspects of residential construction, including drywall, roofing, and siding, to being a commercial installer and finisher of roofing, walls, doors, and windows. Other jobs include being an equipment operator, estimator, and welder. The demand for skilled construction workers is near an all-time high, and Iowa Western's job placement rate for this program is currently at 90%.

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Program Outcomes

Upon the successful completion of the program students will:

  • Identify and demonstrate the use of appropriate tools safely for residential construction.
  • Describe the role of a supervisor in residential and commercial construction.
  • Interpret residential blueprints and plans.
  • 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 concrete techniques in residential and commercial construction.
  • Interpret commercial blueprints and plans.
  • Prepare an estimate (quantity take-off) for residential construction.
  • Identify and demonstrate the interior and exterior components and finishes of a commercial building.

Average: $20.48
Entry Level: $16.33
Experienced: $28.18

* Salary information from EMSI Analyst Database.