Carpentry Video Frame

Degrees and Certificates

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.

SCTCC Hailey Kohler
Carpentry student
Yes, it's a male dominated workplace, but I don't think that should hold anyone back. I think it's really cool when you see a lot of women doing these jobs.
SCTCC Carpentry project
Sara Shrode Tiny House
Tiny House Enthusiast
This has been an amazing process for me, to be a part of the design and be able to come in and share my ideas. I really did feel like I was a part of the team with the instructors and students.
SCTCC Carpentry project

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.
2017 Placement Rate
Central MN Average Hourly Pay

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

Where Grads Work

  • Decks By Design
  • Tradesmen International 
  • Alpine Cabinets 
  • Werschay Homes 
  • ACAB Custom Woodworking 
  • Faber Building & Supplies
  • Ron's Cabinets 
  • Kitschler Wood Products 
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Contact Us

Patrick Dehler
Phone: (320) 308-6024

Program Costs

Students in the Carpentry program can expect to pay about $1800 for materials and books in addition to tuition and fees.

Program Scholarship

The following scholarships are available for Carpentry students only:

  • Carpentry Contractors
  • Joshua Kise Memorial
  • SCTCC Faculty & Staff Funded

Apply just once and students will be considered for all eligible SCTCC scholarships.

SCTCC Scholarships

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Clubs & Organizations

CMBA - Central Minnesota Builders Association. CMBA is a nonprofit local trade association affiliated with the Builders Association of MN and the National Association of Home Builders.

SCTCC Student Clubs

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