About the Program
Lab activities involve actual hands-on construction. Working models and mock-ups as well as actual recreational and storage buildings and garages will be constructed by first-year students. Second-year students will build a project on a local site. Related instruction emphasizes math, blueprint reading, estimating, materials of construction, tools and equipment, principles of carpentry and safety.
Helpful background - Courses in math, design, drawing, drafting and woodworking are helpful. Business courses in accounting, management, sales and general business can be very useful.
Graduates find work with small and large contractors doing new construction and remodeling, sash and window companies, lumber companies, and many become self-employed. Remodeling and energy conservation work are projected to become major areas of growth. Carpenters may advance to positions such as job supervisor, superintendent or a self-employed contractor. Other related employment possibilities include sales, lumberyard management, building inspection, cabinet making, roofing, drywall installation, maintenance carpentry or factory rep positions.