Our Programs

Construction Technologies

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Building a better future!

The Construction Technology program offers training in Carpentry, Electrical, Plumbing, Scaffolding, Pipeline Insulation, Pipefitting, and Welding. The degree, certificates, and endorsements within the program are designed to prepare students to enter the workforce or to provide those currently employed with the opportunity to upgrade their skill level. IỊisaġvik College uses the National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER) curricula, which are nationally recognized for craft training. NCCER maintains a National Registry that provides transcripts, certifications and wallet cards to students who successfully complete all required course work. Check the current year schedule to find out which classes are being offered in the spring and fall semesters for that year.

Degree Outcomes

In addition to apprentice and related learning courses, these programs are designed to assist the student in realizing the following outcomes:

  • Apply critical thinking skills to investigate, interpret and communicate issues involving the trade, the community, and the home.
  • Participate in coordinating projects and supervising others.
  • Work with a team unit in a direction that aligns with stated vision, mission and values. Work within the legal, regulatory and code parameters of the trade/community.
  • Seek out and engage in learning opportunities that broaden perspective, deepen understanding and increase personal fulfillment throughout life.
  • Integrate Iñupiaq knowledge, values and culture into business practice.

Licensure & Employment

Successful completion of NCCER credentials are entered into NCCER’s National Registry. Employers recognize the credentials and may give hiring preferences or as part of a career ladder advancement.   

The Department of Labor recognizes NCCER credentials as acceptable Related Technical Instruction (RTI) for approved apprenticeships. Students are encouraged to contact their prospective Apprenticeship Sponsor on transferability.

Electrical and Plumbing trades that lead to Alaska State licensure, will require a registered apprenticeship under the direct supervision of a licensed trade professional. Iḷisaġvik’s Construction Trades program does meet the RTI requirements of apprenticeship. The On the Job Learning (OJL) portion of the apprenticeship must be under the direct supervision of a licensed trade professional.  

Admission Requirements & Prerequisites

You must pass a drug test and complete an ACCUPLACER math test to be accepted into these programs. Students must be in good physical condition. Students should be able to tolerate confined spaces and heights. Students are expected to be able to read and understand task descriptions, safety manuals, and safety and warning signs. Students must also be able to give and receive oral safety warnings, instructions and task assignments. Students registering for the complete program have priority enrollment. Students are urged to apply as early as possible for this program. Enrollment is limited and the training is in heavy demand. Students who are put on the waitlist for the semester in which they applied are given preference in the following semester.

Programs Offered

  • Associate of Applied Science, Construction Technology
  • Certificate I, Construction Technology
  • Certificate II, Construction Technology
  • Endorsement, Carpentry Level I
  • Endorsement, CDL/Heavy Truck Operations Unrestricted
  • Endorsement, Construction Management
  • Endorsement, Electrical Level I
  • Endorsement, Heavy Equipment Operations
  • Endorsement, Pipefitting Level
  • Endorsement, Pipeline Insulation I
  • Endorsement, Plumbing Level I
  • Endorsement, Scaffolding Level I
  • Endorsement, Welding Material Technology