• Carpentry Assisting

    Build a solid foundation for a career in carpentry. Our Carpentry Assisting certificate offers hands-on courses where you’ll learn the technical skills and knowledge needed to work in residential carpentry.


Carpentry Assisting

As a student in M State's 29-credit Carpentry Assisting program, you'll learn the carpentry trade from the ground up, getting solid experience in all facets of residential construction. The theory and skills you'll learn in the classroom translate to real world applications and prepare you for job opportunities as an entry-level carpenter.


Here’s what you’ll learn

  • Proper use of hand and power tools and machines
  • Safe building practices and procedures
  • Blueprint reading
  • Estimating
  • Framing
  • Cabinetry
  • Interior and exterior finishing
  • Sustainable construction practices
  • Green building and energy efficient technology


Why M State

  • An exceptional education value
  • Small class sizes
  • Personalized, hands-on instruction
  • Emphasis on teamwork on the job site
  • Valuable home building experience
  • Opportunities to be involved in community service projects

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Construction Carpenter regional wage

Construction Carpenter regional wage


Career opportunities

Demand for Carpentry program graduates is high in the Fargo-Moorhead area and throughout North Dakota. Graduates typically find employment as construction carpenters, concrete workers, framers, drywall installers, cabinet makers, finishers, union laborers, and carpenter apprentices.

Description: Construct, erect, install, and repair structures and fixtures of wood, plywood, and wallboard, using carpenter's hand tools and power tools.

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The wage & employment data displayed on this page is taken from Carpenters (SOC 47-2031).

All career data is set to your current geographical area: up to 100 miles away from Moorhead


Construction Carpenter employment

3,150 Employed in your area

115 Estimated annual job openings

467 Approaching retirement age

The average retirement age in the U.S. is 65 years old. Construction Carpenters in the 55-64 and the 65+ categories are 1-10 years away from retirement. When older workers retire, there will likely be a demand for new workers.

Age Group # of Workers % of Workers*
under 25 407 13%
25-34 924 29%
35-44 629 20%
45-54 723 23%
55-64 386 12%
65+ 81 3%

* Based on county-level occupational demographics


Learn more

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· Call 877.450.3322

Last modified: June 17th, 2015 at 01:17pm