Construction Technology-Carpentry Emphasis - Certificate, Diploma and AAS

Quality construction and carpentry will always be a necessity. Build upon your blueprint to a stable and successful career with hands-on training.

The SCC Construction Technology Program combines the NCCER Curricula with the Associate of Applied Science Degree (AAS) requirements. Program curriculum is based on NCCER Curricula & combines illustrated instructional material with structured classroom activities. 

This program emphasizes four levels of carpentry. Each level builds on the previous level, continuing the students’ education and knowledge of carpentry. Students at some area high school may take up to level 2 of carpentry. 

During the summer term, students will gain experience at during an internship. 

West Burlington campus

Curriculum Sequence

Fall Semester I Course Title Credit
CON-108 CONSTRUCTION SAFETY 1
CON-147 CARPENTRY I 6
CON-332 CONSTRUCTION MATERIALS AND RESOURCES 3
Take 1 of these courses:
ENG-105 COMPOSITION I 3
ENG-111 TECHNICAL WRITING (online) 3
TOTAL 13
Spring Semester I Course Title Credit
CAD-101 INTRODUCTION TO CAD 3
CON-113 CONSTRUCTION PRINTREADING 2
CON-148 CARPENTRY II 6
CON-252 CONSTRUCTION ELECTRICITY 3
SOC-114 CONFLICT RESOLUTION IN THE WORKPLACE 3
TOTAL 17
Summer Semester Course Title Credit
CON-350 INTERNSHIP 5
TOTAL 5
Fall Semester II Course Title Credit
CON-149 CARPENTRY III 6
CON-270 MECHANICAL SYSTEMS 3
MAT-702 INTRODUCTION TO MATH APPLICATIONS 3
HEQ-131 SAFETY AND INTRODUCTION TO HEAVY EQUIPMENT 3
TOTAL 15
Spring Semester II Course Title Credit
CON-128 CONSTRUCTION MANAGEMENT ESTIMATING 3
CON-262 COMMERCIAL CARPENTRY II 6
CON-345 SOILS AND CONCRETE 3
PSY-102 HUMAN AND WORK RELATIONS 3
Take 1 of these courses:
ART-133 DRAWING 3
SPC-112 PUBLIC SPEAKING 3
TOTAL 18

CON-108 - CONSTRUCTION SAFETY

Lecture: 1

Credit: 1

The Construction Safety course will provide students with requirements and expectations required to work in the numerous facets of the construction industry. The course will introduce the national OSHA safety standards for general construction and upon completion of this course students will receive the OSHA 10 hour General Construction certification.

CON-147 - CARPENTRY I

Lecture: 3

Lab: 6

Credit: 6

A course designed to enable students to develop basic skills and knowledge in carpentry. Included in this course is the study of construction techniques with emphasis on basic safety, basic math, introduction to hand and power tools, basic rigging, fasteners, wood building materials, floor and wall systems, site preparation, concrete and reinforcement materials, concrete handling, and forming foundations and flatwork.

CON-332 - CONSTRUCTION MATERIALS AND RESOURCES

Lecture: 3

Credit: 3

This course is designed as a comprehensive overview of the construction industry and materials used in the profession. It is a conceptual treatment of the construction-personnel production system. Also included is a study of the materials of construction, their properties, manufactures, characteristics and applications.

ENG-105 - COMPOSITION I

Lecture: 3

Credit: 3

A study of the principles of writing. Emphasis on rhetoric, mechanics, and development of expository patterns: narration, description illustration, comparison/contrast, classification, process, and cause/effect. Required for AA and AS Degrees. Prerequisites: Meet minimum placement test score requirement.

ENG-111 - TECHNICAL WRITING (online)

Lecture: 3

Credit: 3

Studies the rhetorical techniques specifically oriented to industrial requirements. Applies expository patterns as incorporated within the report apparatus, including such specialized formats as process analysis, progress/ lab reports, feasibility study, and the proposal. Also includes correspondence and application of basic library research skills. Course designed to satisfy specified career program requirements. Prerequisites: Meet minimum placement test score requirement.

CAD-101 - INTRODUCTION TO CAD

Lecture: 1

Lab: 4

Credit: 3

An introduction to computer aided design and drafting. Actual hands-on experience in designing, drawing, and dimensioning using CAD micro-based CAD software. The course presents logical step-by-step instruction about the CAD commands, mode settings, drawing aids, shortcuts and other valuable characteristics of CAD. Finished copies of the students’ work will be made on a printer or plotter.

CON-113 - CONSTRUCTION PRINTREADING

Lecture: 1

Lab: 2

Credit: 2

Stresses principles of interpreting trade blueprints and reading of specifications basic to all aspects of the trades. Deals with types of line, development and arrangement of views, dimensioning practices, and invisible edges. Practical problems from prints suited to the particular trade will be incorporated.

CON-148 - CARPENTRY II

Lecture: 3

Lab: 6

Credit: 6

A course designed to further enable students to develop carpentry skills with emphasis on special floor, wall and roof systems, reading plans and elevations, field engineering principles, forming and water and damp proofing. Prerequisite: CON-147.

CON-252 - CONSTRUCTION ELECTRICITY

Lecture: 1

Lab: 4

Credit: 3

This course introduces the requirements for and installation of residential and light commercial electrical systems. Emphasis will be placed on local and national Electrical Codes. Hands-on experience will include such activities as basic wiring of the service entrance, panel box, circuits, switches, receptacles, telephone and TV jacks, door chimes, smoke detectors and other similar electrical devices. This course is specifically designed for those students choosing a Construction or Design curriculum.

SOC-114 - CONFLICT RESOLUTION IN THE WORKPLACE

Lecture: 3

Credit: 3

Conflict Resolution in the Workplace will study conflict resolution theories and applications in the workplace. The course will provide students with the opportunity to develop their own effective interpersonal conflict resolution skills as well as skills needed to help employees resolve their conflicts with one another and the skills needed to negotiate contracts. Students will also be introduced to theories and skills needed to apply culturally sensitive principles to conflict resolution.

CON-350 - INTERNSHIP

OJT: 20

Credit: 5

Provide student with the opportunity to integrate classroom learning and experiences in a construction industry setting. Internship agreement must be completed before students may enroll. Prerequisite: At least two construction courses must be completed with a minimum of a "C" grade in each course.

CON-149 - CARPENTRY III

Lecture: 3

Lab: 6

Credit: 6

A continuation of carpentry skills with emphasis on stair construction, reinforcing concrete, patented forms, interior finish: ceiling systems, exterior wall finishes, roofing applications and installation of cornices, gutters and downspouts. Prerequisite: CON-148.

CON-270 - MECHANICAL SYSTEMS

Lecture: 1

Lab: 4

Credit: 3

A course designed to introduce students to the requirements of residential and light commercial plumbing, heating, and ventilation systems. Emphasis will be placed on local and national code requirements. Study will include the building requirements to receive each system, determining the size of system components and the theory of size calculations. Hands-on experience will include such activities as working with DWV piping, water supply piping, plumbing fixtures, heat and vent ducting, heating controls, and ventilation components.

MAT-702 - INTRODUCTION TO MATH APPLICATIONS

Lecture: 2

Lab: 2

Credit: 3

This course is offered to students who can profit from an applied course in mathematics and will prepare students who need to develop skills for MAT-704. It is designed as an introductory level algebra course recommended for students with one year of high school algebra. Emphasis is on the building of basic algebra skills and the application of these mathematical techniques. The course studies the relationship of geometry and algebra as they apply to various fields. This course will also cover whole numbers/decimals, integers, fractions/percents, direct measurement, basic geometric concepts/relationships, linear equations, and right-triangle trigonometry. Prerequisite:MAT-052 or meet minimum placement test requirement.

HEQ-131 - SAFETY AND INTRODUCTION TO HEAVY EQUIPMENT

Lecture: 2

Lab: 2

Credit: 3

This is an introduction to the equipment, jobs, working conditions, maintenance, and safety of equipment operation.

CON-128 - CONSTRUCTION MANAGEMENT ESTIMATING

Lecture: 2

Lab: 2

Credit: 3

Interpretation of construction drawings and specifications. Introduction to estimating quantities, cost of materials, and labor costs. Work methods, job planning, project scheduling and control, field administration and management procedures of contracting will be covered.

CON-262 - COMMERCIAL CARPENTRY II

Lecture: 3

Lab: 6

Credit: 6

A course of further carpentry with emphasis on finished stairs, introduction to supervision, laser instruments, supplements to ceiling systems, metal studs and drywall, interior finish: doors and windows, wall and floor specialties and cabinetry. Prerequisite: CON-149.

CON-345 - SOILS AND CONCRETE

Lecture: 3

Credit: 3

This course is a study of the characteristics of soil and concrete. Such components as design, core samples, grain structure, compaction and strength test, mixes, treatments, reinforcement, "slump test", etc., will be covered as well as varied application and installation methods.

PSY-102 - HUMAN AND WORK RELATIONS

Lecture: 3

Credit: 3

This is a course that includes the understanding of the applications of psychological principles, theory, and research related to the work setting.

ART-133 - DRAWING

Lecture: 2

Lab: 2

Credit: 3

A beginning drawing class in a variety of media using an assortment of subjects. The student will explore theories and concepts of drawing.

SPC-112 - PUBLIC SPEAKING

Lecture: 3

Credit: 3

This course examines both the theoretical and practical basis of speech communication, particularly public speaking. Emphasis is on speech preparation, organization, support, delivery, and audience analysis.

Douglas Riley - Assistant Professor, (319) 208-5000 ext. 5184

Email: driley@scciowa.edu
AA, Southeastern Community College
BA, Iowa Wesleyan College

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