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Building Trades-Carpentry

Technical Diploma - 30 Credits



Academic Advisor: Rod Robins
Welcome Center
University Transfer Center - Second Floor
Phone: 715.365.4493 or 800.544.3039 ext. 4493


The building construction industry is one of the largest industries in America today. With the increasing population, the skills of a well-trained carpenter are in high demand. Carpenters handle many different kinds of construction activity. They cut, fit, and assemble wood and other materials for buildings, highways, bridges, docks, industrial plants, boats and many other structures. A carpenter's duties vary widely by the employer and nature of the job.

Each carpentry task is somewhat different, but most involve the same basic steps. Working from blueprints or instructions from supervisors, carpenters first do the layout - measuring, marking and arranging materials. They cut and shape wood and other materials using hand and power tools, and then join the materials with nails, screws, staples or adhesives. The final step involves checking accuracy with levels, rules and other instruments and making adjustments for a distinguished final product.


Financial Aid Eligible

This program is eligible for financial aid. Please contact the Financial Aid Office for further details.


About the Program

The carpentry program provides students with the skills needed to successfully enter the construction industry. Carpentry students are trained to construct residential structures using both standard and sustainable building materials. Carpentry students will prepare for this career through a blend of classroom theory and hands-on experience. Students will become adept at using hand tools, portable power tools, and other equipment common in the carpentry profession as well as working with lumber, panel products, concrete, roofing materials, fasteners, and a variety of hardware. The skills needed for site layout and foundation work, rough framing, roof framing, and exterior and interior finish work will also be developed. In addition, blueprint reading, math, and estimating components will be studied.


Possible Careers

  • Residential Carpenter
  • Light or Heavy Commercial Carpenter
  • Building Contractor
  • Building Inspector
  • Estimator
  • Building Materials Sales
  • Building Products Representative
  • Drafting / Design


Program Outcomes

  1. Perform general carpentry skills.
  2. Use hand and power tools safely and efficiently.
  3. Demonstrate sustainable building practices and material application.
  4. Interpret technical information from blueprints.
  5. Estimate materials and labor necessary to complete a building project.
  6. Work as a productive carpentry team member.


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