Carpentry General Info

As a carpentry student, you will get hands-on experience in the shop as well as field experience through actual residential construction projects. This can include job site safety; floor, wall and roof framing, door and window installation/finish, drywall installation and finishing, cabinet and countertop installation, exterior finish such as roofing, siding and soffits, along with classroom time to discuss the theory behind these concepts.
An emphasis is placed on the care and use of hand and power tools, proper use and function of equipment and materials, as well as an emphasis on the ‘House as a System’ concept. ‘Green’ building concepts are discussed and utilized. Building design/estimating and CAD drawing will be taught as well as math and communication skills.

Successful students become employed in an industry with the increasing need for skilled carpenters.


  • Diploma


  • Two Semesters & One Summer Term
  • Fall semester entry only

Student Profile

  • Enjoy working with your hands
  • Enjoy the outdoors
  • Physically fit
  • Team player

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carpentry program outcomes

• Read and interpret a set of blueprints for a residential home project.

• Explain the “House as a System” approach to residential construction.

• Explain and demonstrate building techniques including those that would be considered Energy Efficient or ‘Green’

• Estimate material and equipment needs to perform a project.

• Demonstrate the ability to work on a TEAM.

• Demonstrate the ability to properly operate stationary and portable power tools.

• Demonstrate good safety habits.

• Exhibit personal development, global perspectives, critical thinking, written and oral communication, and math knowledge skills.

More Information

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Frequently Asked Questions

The building construction industry is one of the largest industries in America. The increased need for more housing in northwest Iowa and southeast South Dakota is expected to last for several more years. As current industries and businesses expand and other new businesses move into the area, the need for more commercial construction workers will also increase. Graduates from the Carpentry program will have various opportunities for employment.
Entry-level range is anywhere from $13.50 to $20.00.
A majority of the work will be hands-on carpentry-related lab time. There will also be lecture sessions in order to learn the theory behind the work that is being done.
Students will gain experience building a house on campus.

Student Story Marcus Johnson

“I love building things and have been passionate about it for quite a while. I love getting to build a house from the ground up in our program!” 

Carpentry student
Marcus, IA

Carpentry Student

Financial Aid

The Financial Aid Office will work with you to reach the goal of attending college. Federal and state programs, scholarships and other funding sources, may be available to help you to afford college. We know there are a lot of questions and stress planning to pay for a college education. The Financial Aid Office staff administers aid programs and counsels students in planning individual methods of meeting college costs. Contact the Financial Aid Office for answers to any questions regarding financial aid. What are you waiting for? Let’s get started! Northwest Iowa Community College follows a nationally accepted philosophy in administering financial aid programs.

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Ryan Cannoy

Tuition & Financial Aid