A small, wooden home on wheels. Made by carpentry students at SCTCC

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Chris Dosch

Why Choose This Program

With a carpentry degree, graduates put their skills to work in residential construction, light and heavy commercial construction, highway and heavy bridgework, cabinetry and millwork. Students who graduate from the Carpentry program are prepared to enter the construction industry as skilled tradespeople.

The building construction industry is one of the largest industries in America today. With an increasing population and need for more housing, well-trained carpenters are in demand in the areas of urban redevelopment; commercial and industrial buildings; and facilities to improve the environment.


Skills Acquired

  • Select appropriate Construction Techniques and determine the best for each situation.
  • Use critical thinking skills and apply mathematics to solve construction problems.
  • Select appropriate technology and procedures to complete assigned task.
  • Understand the role of the Construction industry and how it relates to the social and economic future.
  • Demonstrate the ability to read and interpret blueprints and codes.
  • Have knowledge of building codes and recognizes the importance of code compliance.
  • Demonstrate safe working habits.
  • Possess the ability to schedule, plan, and manage time effectively.
2016 Placement Rate
Central MN hourly salary range

Career Choices

Career Options

Graduates enter the trade as the equivalent to advanced apprentices. There is employment in the areas of residential, light and heavy commercial, highway and heavy bridgework, cabinetry, and millwork.

The specific career options are many, from focused employment like ceiling tile installers or drywall applicators, to building inspectors, customer service representatives for building and hardware supply companies as well as lumber yard manager trainees.



Potential Employers

  • Contractors
  • Government
  • Lumber yards
  • Hardware supply
  • Cabinet production

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