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Iowa Western Community College


Construction Technology: Carpentry

August 20 - December 14, 2018

About the Program

There are plenty of excellent carpentry jobs are out there, ready for motivated people like you to fill them.

The program prepares you for entry level jobs in the residential construction industry. This certificate program will expose you to carpentry theory, techniques, and building materials. You’ll receive safety training and complete the 10-hour OSHA and EPA training.

Program to Include

  • Residential Print Reading
    An introduction to the fundamentals of drafting and blueprint reading applicable to residential construction. You will interpret and translate working drawings and specifications.
  • Principles of Building Construction I
    An introduction to the building construction process. It emphasizes construction safety issues and building code requirements; characteristics, use, and selection of building materials; and selection, care, and use of hand and power tools.
  • Building Construction Tech I Lab
    Hands-on, practical application of selected construction techniques. It covers preparation and flat concrete work as well as fundamentals of block laying and brick laying techniques as they relate to basic construction.
  • Technical Math
    Includes operations with real numbers, use of fractions, ratios, measurement conversion, algebraic equations, functions, geometry, and right angle trigonometry. Applications are designed to the program specific needs that students encounter in industrial settings.

Career & Salary Information

Employment of carpenters is projected to grow 6 percent from 2014 to 2024. Most carpenters work in the construction industry, where they account for the largest share of the building trades occupations. 

Construction Carpenters annual wage is *$37,784. They construct, erect, install, and repair structures and fixtures of wood, plywood, and wallboard, using carpenter's hand tools and power tools. *Source EMSI

Floor Layers annual wage is *$39,207. They apply blocks, strips, or sheets of shock-absorbing, sound-deadening, or decorative coverings to floors. *Source EMSI. 

Construction Laborers annual wage is *$30,820. They perform tasks involving physical labor at construction sites. May operate hand and power tools of all types: air hammers, earth tampers, cement mixers, small mechanical hoists, surveying and a variety of other tasks. *Source EMSI. 

Because they are involved in all phases of construction, carpenters usually have more opportunities than other construction workers to become lead carpenters, first-line supervisors and construction managers.


$2900 (Textbooks not included. Estimated cost is $594.)

Required Tool Kit

Estimated cost is $310. Must be purchased through IWCC.

FREE Tuition Assistance Available!

This program is approved for FREE Education to Employment tuition assistance for eligible Iowa residents. Financial assistance may include training tuition, textbooks, tools, certification fees, required materials and other services. Email lwoods@iwcc.edu or call 712.256.7088 for more information!

Non-Credit to Credit

Graduates of this program are awarded a certificate. Enter the workforce, or students who wish to complete an advanced degree may continue on to complete:

  • Construction Technology Residential Diploma

To Register

Contact Denise Norman at dnorman@iwcc.edu  or 712.325.3415.