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Construction Technology

Construction Technology

The Construction Technology Program provides students with the hands-on skills necessary to excel in the construction industry.  Students in the program get real life experience by designing and building a home from the ground up.  Our program has a strong emphasis in energy efficient construction including the House as a system concept and “Green” building techniques.  We have many of the state of the art tools that Energy Auditors use to test homes for energy efficiency including: several infrared thermal imaging cameras, blower door testers, duct testers, and other various metering tools.  Students in our program get a chance to get their hands on these tools and learn how to use them to asses a home’s efficiency.  

Some of the areas of study in the program include, but are not limited to: concrete/foundations, framing, exterior finishing, roofing, drywall, energy efficient construction practices, the building envelope, and finish carpentry including installing cabinetry.  We also cover plumbing and electrical basics.  

Graduates of the First year (diploma) portion of the Construction Technology program learn the skills that will give them an edge in the employment market.  They may be employed in many of the careers below, under the “Employment Possibilities” section.  Many graduates of the diploma portion of the program often move on to the Construction Technology A.A.S. degree (2nd year) portion of the program. 

In the degree portion of the program students build on the skills they have learned in the hands-on first year of the program by adding more business related skills.  Students learn accounting practices, more advanced computer skills, public speaking, management, and other valuable skills needed to be in a supervisory position or to be self-employed in the construction industry.  Students in the 2nd year learn more advanced estimating skills as well as home design skills and CAD operation.  It is also possible for a student to take the entire second year of the program on Tuesdays and Thursdays only! This allows students to keep working thereby fine-tuning their skills.  The 2nd year is also very customizable allowing student to pick which classes best fit their interests and needs. 

Graduates of the Construction Technology A.A.S. program can expect to be ready for many different types of careers including: self-employment, estimator, construction superintendent, construction management, home energy auditor, and many other professional positions in the construction industry.

There are lots of great careers out there! According to the Department of Labor, employment is projected to grow 24-25 percent from 2012 to 2022, much faster than the average for all occupations. Increased levels of new home building and remodeling activity will require more carpenters.  Also 20% - 25% of the current workforce is expected to retire during the same timeframe. 


Employment Possibilities:

  • Carpenter: Residential and light commercial
  • Welding
  • Self-Employment
  • Remodeler 
  • Estimator
  • General Construction Estimator
  • Concrete Contractor
  • Finish Carpenter
  • Operations and management
  • Construction Management
  • Jobsite Supervisor
  • Related Trades (Plumbing, HVAC, Electrical)
  • Building Inspector (public and private)
  • OSHA
  • CAD Home Designer
  • Retail Lumber Sales / Service
  • Insurance Companies
  • Real Estate


  • OSHA 10 Hour Certification
  • Forklift Operator license / Certification
  • Skid Loader Operation
  • Scissor Lift / Boom Lift
  • First Aid / CPR certification
  • American Concrete Institute (ACI) Flatwork Technician Certification
  • Lean Abatement Training
  • Powder Actuated Tool operator license


Professional Affiliations:

  • Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) of Iowa
  • Iowa Redi Mix Association
  • Home Builders Association
  • American Concrete Institute (ACI)

Associate in Applied Science
Program Length: 72 Credits

Degree: Diploma
Program Length: 42 Credits

Campus: Emmetsburg

Questions or comments? Please email us at or call 712-362-2604 or 800-521-5054.
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