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Industrial

Building Trades Diploma

Building Trades is a Diploma program designed for individuals interested in a career in residential, commercial, or industrial building construction. Residential construction involves the building or remodeling of houses, condominiums, or apartment complexes. These structures are primarily wood frame construction. Commercial construction involves the building of single-story office buildings, stores, or restaurants. These structures often use light gauge metal framing in addition to wood construction. Industrial construction includes the building of factories, hospitals, schools, or multistory office buildings. These structures may be constructed of concrete, masonry, structural steel, or a combination of materials.

Building Trades program students learn and develop skills through a combination of classroom-structured units, manipulative lab projects, and mentored job experiences. Classroom units provide students with necessary information on safety, blueprint reading, and craft work processes. Manipulative projects provide students the opportunity to learn craft skills at their own pace in a mock job site setting. NIACC Building Trades students will have opportunities for nationally recognized certifications including NCCER, OSHA, and other optional industry related certifications. The Building Trades Lab is a state-of-the-art facility where students learn in an individualized, competency-based setting, mastering skills by constructing manipulative projects. Mentored job experiences provide students the opportunity to apply learned skills as well as develop new skills while working under the guiding supervision of skilled contractors on job sites around North Iowa.

Incoming students are eligible to compete for scholarships through the Tom and Linda Schaefer Endowment Fund, which provides twelve $1,500 scholarships each year for NIACC Building Trades students. Graduating students are eligible to compete for a $500 scholarship awarded each semester by the North Iowa Area Builders Exchange.

Courses are structured so that students enter the Building Trades program in the Fall semester.

Career Opportunities

Completion of this program prepares graduates to enter the construction industry as carpenters, with the basic skills to work in residential, commercial, or industrial construction. You will learn the skills necessary to perform work processes in:

    • Concrete Formwork
    • Framing
    • Exterior Finish
    • Interior Finish
    • Interior Systems
    • Cabinetry and Millwork

For specific information contact the NIACC Industrial Division.

Gainful Employment

Degree Earned

Upon successful completion of the Building Trades curriculum with a grade point average of 2.00 (C) or higher, the student is awarded a Diploma.

Costs

Tuition is based on the number of credit hours and legal residence and is subject to change or modification. To see the current cost per semester hour click here.

Financial Aid/Scholarships

Financial assistance is available in the form of grants, scholarships, loans, and part-time employment (work study). Students apply for financial aid by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). For more information on Financial Aid click here.

First Year - First Term

BCA-100 Computer Literacy 1 s.h.
CAD-216 Architectural CADD 2 s.h.
CON-107 Construction Safety 2 s.h.
CON-110 Construction Drawing 1 s.h.
CON-121 Carpentry Fundamentals I 4 s.h.
CON-123 Carpentry Fundamentals II* 4 s.h.
MAT-801 Applied Math A** 1 s.h.
MAT-802 Applied Math B*** 1 s.h.
16 s.h.
Second Term
CON-112 Blueprint Reading and Estimating 3 s.h.
CON-255 Carpentry I**** 4 s.h.
CON-256 Carpentry II***** 4 s.h.
ENG-701 Communications I 3 s.h.
SDV-135 Job Seeking Skills 1 s.h.
15 s.h.
Third Term
CON-117 Building Codes and Standards 2 s.h.
CON-272 Commercial Construction 3 s.h.
SDV-210 Cooperative Education Internship 2 s.h.
7 s.h.
Total Program Hours 38 s.h
Other Elective Carpentry Courses
CON-305 Cabinetry and Millwork 3 s.h.
CON-315 Guitar Building 2 s.h.
CON-949 Special Topics in Carpentry 1 to 4 s.h.

*Prerequisite: CON-121 Carpentry Fundamentals I.

**Prerequisite: COMPASS Pre-Algebra score of at least 49, or ACT math score of at least 16, or MAT-063 Pre-Algebra with a grade of C or higher, or Accuplacer Arithmetic score of at least 59, or Accuplacer Elementary Algebra score of at least 50, or Accuplacer College Math score of at least 21.

***Prerequisite: COMPASS Pre-Algebra score of at least 49, or ACT math score of at least 16, or MAT-063 Pre-Algebra with a grade of C or higher, or Accuplacer Arithmetic score of at least 59, or Accuplacer Elementary Algebra score of at least 50, or Accuplacer College Math score of at least 21.

****Prerequisites: CON-121 Carpentry Fundamentals I and CON-123 Carpentry Fundamentals II.

*****Prerequisite: CON-255 Carpentry I.