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Carpentry - Technical Diploma

The Carpentry program prepares students with the fundamental skills and hands-on experience to embark on a carpentry career. Carpentry classes and curriculum cover residential and commercial construction and include planning and estimating, framing, roof and stair building techniques, finish carpentry, blueprint reading, building codes, using hand and portable power tools and other equipment common in the carpentry profession and other related subjects. All credits from this program transfer to the Construction Management - Carpentry associate degree.

Program Code: 314101
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Program Costs & Financial Aid

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This program is fully eligible for financial aid.

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All credits from this technical diploma apply toward the following associate degree(s):

Construction Management - Carpentry, 104552


  • Day
  • Full-time

How do I get started in this program?

Requirements for Program Entry

  • Apply at
  • Submit the following to High school transcript (or GED/HSED transcript). College transcript.
  • If your cumulative GPA is below 2.6, complete or submit a placement evaluation.
  • Tip! Our admission advisors will assist you through every step. Have questions? Connect with NWTC Admissions at or 920-498-5444.

What are my courses?


Students following the study plan below will complete the Carpentry technical diploma in the number of semesters shown.

Total Credits 29
  • Curriculum Note: The credit for 10-890-101 is an Institutional Requirement for graduation. Consequently, it is not part of the program credit requirements, but must be passed with a C or better.

Program Outcomes

  • Display a positive attitude toward the profession.
  • Perform general carpentry skills.
  • Identify, select, and supervise application of construction materials.
  • Read and interpret drawings and specifications.
  • Interpret and apply codes, regulations, and contract documents.
  • Select and maintain construction site tools and equipment.
  • Interpret basic designs and apply sound construction principles.
  • Estimate take off quantities and materials and labor necessary to complete a building project.
  • Use hand and power tools safely and efficiently.
  • Work diligently and productively.
  • Work as a productive team member.
  • Apply required safety standards in construction.

What careers are in my future?


Graduate Employment

with 83% in field


Median Starting Salary

Source: NWTC Graduate Outcome Survey

Employment Potential

A graduate of this program will have the potential for employment in the following areas:

  • Carpenter: assists in all areas of building construction; installs interior and exterior finish surface materials, interior floor and ceiling specialties, rough framing, building layout, stair construction, and interior trim.
  • General Laborer: performs basic yet important physical work tasks at building construction sites.

Employment opportunities with additional education

  • Trade Supervisor
  • Estimator
  • Project Coordinator
  • Scheduler
  • Expeditor

What else do I need to know about the program?

Study Abroad Opportunities

The International Programs staff continually seeks opportunities for students to travel abroad for educational experiences that may be offered in association with program courses.

Learn more about upcoming study abroad opportunities.


Classes wherever you have an internet connection. 

  • An in-person career experience, such as an internship, practicum, or credit for prior learning, may be required.
  • Some online courses may be held at specific dates/times.
Classes between the hours of 6:00 a.m. and 5:30 p.m.
Classes between the hours of 5:30 p.m. and 10:30 p.m.
A combination of online classes and Saturday and/or Sunday classes.
12 or more credits per term.
Fewer than 12 credits per term.