Carpentry Program

Find a job that requires this degree by visiting Career Coach!The carpentry program provides students with the skills needed to successfully enter the construction industry. The main emphasis of this program is residential carpentry with related instruction in concrete, drywall, roofing, and mechanical systems. Building science and “House as a System” technology are integrated throughout the program. Upon successful completion of this program students will be prepared for employment in the carpentry trade.  Students who successfully complete this program will be awarded a diploma in Carpentry.

The carpentry program is the only one in the state to emphasize energy efficient construction techniques. The students who participate in the program gain skills that will give them an edge in the job market. The curriculum is hands-on, each year the students design and build a house from the ground up.

Program Goals

  • To acquire the basic knowledge and basic skill for job entry.
  • Obtain knowledge of materials used in house construction.
  • Effectively use hand and power tools with safety.
  • To gain knowledge of the related building trades and their relation to carpentry.
  • To become familiar with the terminology associated with carpentry and the related building trades and to communicate effectively.

Course Schedule

Carpentry Diploma

First Semester

Course # Course Title
Credit Hours
BUS-112 Business Math*
3.0
CAD-194 Architectural Modeling
2.0
CON-102 Intro to Residential Construction
2.0
CON-129 Concrete Theory and Lab
3.0
CON-131 Site Layout & Blueprint Reading
1.0
CON-302 Building Science I
1.0
CON-301 Framing for Sustainable Design+
7.0
 
Total Hours: 19.0

Second Semester

Course # Course Title
Credit Hours
CON-321 Residential Estimating
2.0
CON-303 Building Science II
1.0
CON-133 Construction Technology Lab
4.0
CON-308 Interior Finish I
2.0
CON-175 Residential Construction Applications
6.0
XXX-XXX Communications Elective*
3.0
 
Total Hours: 18.0

Summer Semester

Course # Course Title
Credit Hours
CON-386 Sustainable Design
1.0
CON-219 Exterior Finish
4.0
CON-309 Interior Finish II
3.0
 
Total Hours: 8.0
 
Carpentry Diploma Total Hours: 45/48

Optional

Course # Course Title
Credit Hours
BUS-113 Workplace Readiness
1.5
CON-307 Basic Woodworking
3.0

+CPR, First Aid, and Safety Certification included in this course

*Course must be chosen or substituted with a related course from either A.A., A.S., or Approved General Education list for Applied Science and Technology.

Gainful Employment Information

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Instructors

Sone Chounthirath 515-574-1913 chounthirath@iowacentral.edu  
Nick Sesker 515-574-1911 sesker@iowacentral.edu