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Construction Technology

Construction Technology

Real Construction Experience, Real Life.

That’s what you can expect when enrolling in the Construction Technology program here at Iowa Lakes. Through off-campus job opportunities like designing and building a home from the ground up or working on home additions, you’ll have the chance to learn about concrete and foundations, framing, exterior finishing, roofing, drywall, energy efficient construction practices, the building envelop and finish carpentry. 

In just one year, you’ll earn your diploma and a skill set that gives you an edge in the employment market. If you dream of running your own construction business or you simply want to have more career options available, enroll in the two-year program to earn an Associate in Applied Science (AAS) degree. In the second year, you’ll build on what you’ve already learned by studying more business and accounting practices, gaining more advanced computer skills, and learning management and other valuable skills needed for supervisory positions or self-employment in the construction industry.

Acquire training in: 

  • Construction Printreading
  • Foundations and Concrete
  • Construction Welding
  • Exterior Finishing
  • Construction Estimating
  • Framing Techniques 

Construction Technology A.A.S. Program Outcomes

  1. Implement building codes.
  2. Develop building plans using computer aided design software.
  3. Develop communication skills for the successful practice of the construction profession.
  4. Achieve the basic skills necessary to manage resources/supervise a construction project.
  5. Demonstrate an ability to work effectively with others.
  6. Produce a completed estimate that accurately measures and calculates material quantities and operating costs.
  7. Demonstrate a basic understanding of personal and business finance.  

Construction Technology Diploma Program Outcomes

  1. Communicate effectively with customers, vendors, employers and employees.
  2. Interpret building plans.
  3. Implement building codes.
  4. Produce a project using various building techniques.
  5. Operate the tools and equipment necessary for construction processes.
  6. Demonstrate an ability to work effectively with others.
  7. Demonstrate a general knowledge of industry safety.  


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)
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