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Credits breakdown

Developmental courses — A student may be required to enroll in developmental courses in reading, writing and math. A student's scores on the Accuplacer assessment will determine enrollment in developmental courses. The purpose of developmental courses is to prepare students for the demands of a college-level curriculum. Credits may vary.

Course # Course Title Credits
BLDG1102 Construction Safety 1
BLDG1114 Blueprint Reading I 2
BLDG1120 Construction Estimating I 2
CARP1102 Prin of Framing 3
CARP1104 Framing I 6
CARP1108 Interior Finish I 4
CARP1110 Introduction to Cabinet Building 3
CARP1112 Exterior Finish I 3
CARP2106 Footings and Foundations 2
CARP2202 Prin of Framing II 3
CARP2206 Adv Framing Applications 6
CARP2208 Exterior Finish II 3
CARP2210 Interior/Exterior Finish Prin 3
CARP2212 Interior Finish II 4
CARP2220 Carpentry Internship 3
CARP2224 Advanced Cabinets 4
MNTC Courses
COMM1120 Introduction to Public Speaking
Goal: 1 *
ENGL1101 College Writing
Goal: 1 *
PHIL1201 Ethics
Goal: 2, 6, 9 *
PSYC1200 General Psychology
Goal: 5, 9 *

MNTC Electives ...


Total Credits: 67

* To complete an AAS degree, courses must be taken from at least 3 of the 10 MNTC Goal Areas.


About this program

The Carpentry program prepares the student with skills and knowledge for a career in residential carpentry. The program coursework includes a mix of technical education, general studies, theory and hands-on learning experiences. The student in this program progresses from basic skills to those required of a carpenter. General areas of study include building codes, blueprint reading and sketching, estimating, site layout, concrete, framing, interior and exterior finish, cabinet making and installation, and decks. The Carpentry AAS program provides graduates with skills required of a carpenter in a variety of building construction settings common in both rural and metropolitan areas.

Program outcomes

1. Exhibit problem solving, creativity, and resourcefulness.
2. Exhibit safety practices and procedures.
3. Demonstrate framing skills.
4. Apply interior finish techniques.
5. Perform exterior finish applications.
6. Perform estimating/print reading functions.

Employment information

The expansion of industry and agriculture in the region and surrounding areas will cause employment in the construction trade to increase. Most carpenters work in the construction industry and are employed mainly by contractors and home builders at the construction site. Most graduates are employed in the immediate area or begin as an apprentice in other areas of the country. Graduates find employment as concrete workers, framers, sheetrockers, cabinet makers, finishers, union laborers, or carpenter apprentices. Earning will depend upon the individual and the location of the work.

Program accreditation

The College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, (800) 621-7440, 30 North LaSalle Street, Suite 2400, Chicago, IL 60602-2504.