Carpentry Technology

Students working in the carpentry shop

Program Mission

The Carpentry Technology program's mission is to serve the community as a learning-centered, open door program that provides technical training to meet the demands of the carpentry industry and the needs of the individual. An open-exit option allows the students to identify their career objectives and participate in program exploration.

Program Description

Entrance into the carpentry trade is usually obtained through serving a four-year indentured apprenticeship. The Carpentry Department off ers a program of instruction which, when successfully completed, provides an excellent background for those desiring to enter the Apprenticeship Program. Industry standards and safety regulations are emphasized.

Program Prerequisite or Co-requisite

  • Placement in ENG 100, MATH 50, OR Placement into MATH 150 or higher

Degrees That Can Be Earned

  • Associate in Applied Science (AAS)
  • Certificate of Achievement (CA)

Cost of Textbooks/Supplies

  • Tuition based on total credits taken.
  • Approximately $460 for the first year and $50 for each succeeding year.

Upon successful completion of the CARP program, students will be able to:

  • Gain employment in the carpentry industry
  • Practice Quality Workmanship
  • Demonstrate personal and professional health, fitness and safety practices required for the building and construction occupations
  • Interact with customers and coworkers on construction jobs in ways that effectively support the work to be accomplished and promote customer satisfaction.
  • Use appropriate materials, tools, equipment and procedures to carry out work on construction projects.

Our program technical standards have been developed to help students understand the minimum essential mental, physical, and behavioral skills necessary for participation in and completion of all core aspects of our curriculum.

Thinking Skills


Apply proper principles and techniques to carpentry and construction projects.


  • Read textbooks, handouts, and safety procedures.
  • Read blueprints and construction plans.
  • Interpret symbols, legends, and other information on construction drawings.
  • Extract information from a set of construction drawings.
  • Do mathematical calculations.
  • Take accurate measurements and do conversions.
  • Estimate the amount of materials and labor needed for a project.
  • Visualize two and three-dimensional objects.

Sensory/Observation Skills


Assess the quality of carpentry and construction work.


  • Determine readings on devices such as tape measures, framing and adjustable squares, and builders’ levels and transits.
  • Select proper tools and materials for specific purposes.
  • Use sensory cues to do proper constructing, installing, and finishing work.
  • Judge distance and space relationships of objects.

Motor Skills


Possess sufficient physical strength, stamina, flexibility, and dexterity to do carpentry and construction work.


  • Operate necessary tools and equipment properly.
  • Do physical labor for prolonged periods.
  • Work at varying heights.
  • Lift and transport equipment and materials as necessary.

Communication Skills


Communicate effectively to gather and convey information.


  • Obtain necessary information from oral and written sources.
  • Express information coherently.
  • Document work accurately.

Behavioral Skills


Behave appropriately and safely in a shared learning environment.


  • Work independently with periodic supervision.
  • Work cooperatively with partners and groups.
  • Follow through with individual and shared responsibilities.
  • Exercise good judgement.
  • Follow safety procedures.

Environmental Tolerance


Function safely in a carpentry shop environment.


  • Work for prolonged periods amidst: Extreme noise, Sharp tools and materials, Electrical equipment, Chemicals and toxins, Dust, heat, and fumes, Machinery with moving parts, Moving objects and vehicles, Slippery or uneven surfaces, Variations in lighting