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Experience, strong skills, and portable credentials are critical in building a solid future. Whether in remodeling or new construction, the call for experienced craft professionals is growing.
Expert carpenters aren't born; they are highly trained through a rigorous certification or apprenticeship process. Hands-on experience, cutting edge tools, and step-by-step learning modules develop your basic talents toward mastery of a trade or preparation for a college-level construction management program.

What will my classes be like?

Step one is tackling those must have basics: job-site safety, the proper use of hand and power tools, and construction math. Develop your carpentry skills in new construction as well as additions, renovations, and repairs on existing structures. You will have hands-on experience in framing through a variety of applications: walls and ceilings, floors, roofing, and windows and doors. Related specialized skills include drywall installation and finishing; trimwork; cabinet installation; plan/blueprint reading; and site layout. Projects start small and expand as your skills develop. Additional skills may be added depending on the type of internal or outside projects the program tackles during the school year.
Hear Construction students talk about the program.

Instructors: Jason Barth and Brice DeMayo
Finished project by Drew Cramer, Neuqua Valley


The topics below are among the essential skills for this program. This is not a comprehensive list of all available skills and goals, but given to show the scope of the curriculum. Changes may occur year to year based on industry input, change in focus, or other factors. Please contact the program instructor or coordinator for additional information.

The Carpenter's Workplace
Building Materials
Hand Tools
Power Tools
Scaffolds, Ladders, and Rigging
Plans, Specification, and Codes
Building Layout
Footings and Foundations
Floor Framing
Wall and Ceiling Framing
Roof Framing 

Employment Skills

  • Career assessment
  • Résumé & Portfolio Development
  • Application, interview, job search

Safety (hazards, working safely, equipment)

Introduction to Construction Math

  • Whole numbers
  • Measurements
  • Fractions, decimals, conversion processes
  • Metric system
  • Construction geometry


  • Types of tools
  • Blueprints
  • Basic Rigging

Carpentry Level I

  • Orientation
  • Wood Building Materials, Fasteners, Adhesives
  • Hand and Power Tools
  • Floor Systems
  • Wall, Ceiling, Roof Framing
  • Windows and Exterior Doors
  • Introduction to Concrete and Reinforcing Materials
  • Foundation and Flatwork

Carpentry Level II

  • Reading Plans and Elevations
  • Site Layout 1: Distance Measurement and Leveling
  • Handling and Placing Concrete
  • Framing with Metal Studs
  • Drywall: Installation and Finishing
  • Interior Finish 1: Doors
  • Interior Finish 2: Suspended Ceilings
  • Interior Finish 3: Trimwork
  • Interior Finish 4: Cabinet Installation
  • Vinyl Siding, aluminum work
  • Introduction to Plumbing

Employment Skills

  • Career assessment
  • Résumé & Portfolio Development
  • Application, interview, job search