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Iowa Western Community College

Construction Technology: Carpentry

August 19-December 13
IWCC Council Bluffs Campus, Kinney Hall

FREE Education 2 Employment Tuition Assistance

This career training is approved for FREE tuition assistance through our Education 2 Employment program for eligible Iowa residents. Financial assistance may include training tuition, textbooks, tools, certification fees, required materials and other services. Email rjensen@iwcc.edu or call 712.325.3268 for more information!

About the Program

There are plenty of excellent carpentry jobs are out there, ready for motivated people like you to fill them. This short-term career training 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

  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Writing for the Workplace
    Learn how to write informal and formal documents and reports in the design and style of career-related communications. Includes a review of grammar and usage skills, as well emphasizes effective language use in real-world applications.
  • 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. 

Career & Salary Information

The carpentry trade alone is expected to grow 11% through 2024. Construction Carpenters construct, erect, install, and repair structures and fixtures of wood, plywood, and wallboard, using carpenter's hand tools and power tools. The annual wage is $18.95/hour, with 230 annual projected job openings. The carpentry trade alone is expected to grow 11% through 2024. *Source EMSI. 

Suggested job titles are: Construction Carpenter, Rough Carpenters, Carpenter Assistant, Carpenter Helper, Framer, Cabinet Maker. Most carpenters work in the construction industry, where they account for the largest share of the building trades occupations. 

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. 

Cost $3400

Textbooks not included. Estimated cost is $670.

Required Tool Kit

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

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
  • Construction Technology A.A.S. 

To Register

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