Carpentry Technical Diploma

Program Code: 314101

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.

Follow Your Path

All credits from this technical diploma apply toward the following associate degree(s):
Construction Management - Carpentry, 104552


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.

With additional education and/or work experience, graduates may find other opportunities for employment.

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


Requirements for Program Entry

• Completed application.
• High school transcript or equivalent. For a list of equivalents, go to
• To be admitted to this program, learners must achieve a prior cumulative high school or college grade point average of 2.6 or higher OR a satisfactory academic skills assessment score. College grade point average must be based on 15 credits or more. To learn more about starting this program, please contact an academic advisor at (920) 498-5444 or (888) 385-6982.

Program Availability

FULL TIME Spring 2021 Summer 2021 Fall 2021
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Students following the study plan below will complete the Carpentry technical diploma in the number of semesters shown.
10-410-110 INTRODUCTION TO CARPENTRY ...the carpentry profession, tools of the trade, job site etiquette and safety, and carpentry math.
10-410-104 FLOOR FRAMING SYSTEMS ...this course teaches all aspects of floor construction and flooring system construction.
10-410-105 WALL FRAMING SYSTEMS ...this course will cover wall building and wall systems from standard wood or metal framing to tip-up pre-cast panels. (Corequisite: 10-410-104, Floor Framing Systems)
10-449-112 OSHA 30 ...addresses OSHA 29CFR1926 rules and is approved by OSHA for construction workers, foremen, job supervisors, and anyone involved in construction trades. Successful participants receive 30-hour card from OSHA.
10-890-101 COLLEGE 101 ...Students will utilize digital tools and resources to assess, explore, practice, apply, and evaluate both employability and learning skills. By establishing NWTC cultural values as hallmarks of success in academic, career, and personal settings the course encourages reflective, personalized development of a growth mindset and emphasizes the importance of making wise choices. To maximize the return on investment, students should take this course in their first semester as it identifies key expectations (hidden rules) of higher learning and professional employment.
10-804-301 VOCATIONAL MATH A ...This course provides the opportunity for the learner to develop the knowledge and skills to apply the concepts of whole numbers, fractions, decimals, measurement, proportions, and percent to their career. No prerequisites needed.
10-410-108 BUILDING CODES - CARPENTRY ...this course will teach the basic requirements for the erection of buildings inhabited by the public for living, work and pleasure.
10-410-106 ROOF & CEILING FRAMING SYSTEMS ...course will encompass all roof and ceiling systems from trusses to steel to pre-cast concrete. (Corequisite: 10-410-105, Wall Systems)
10-410-112 EXTERIOR BUILDING FINISHES ...building claddings and characteristics, installation techniques, roofing materials and installation.
10-410-113 INTERIOR BUILDING FINISHES ...interior wall finishes and installation techniques, interior trim, door, and hardware characteristics & installation.
10-410-111 CARPENTRY PRINTS & SPECIFICATIONS ...scaling, types of drawings, drawing features, reading carpentry prints, & carpentry specifications. (Prerequisite: 10-410-106 Roof & Ceiling Framing Systems)
10-410-115 CARPENTRY INTERNSHIP ...the application of theory, skills, and techniques in the carpentry profession. (Prerequisite: Instructor approval required)
10-410-114 STAIRS & CABINETS ...layout and installation of stair stringers, treads, and risers; cabinet and counter installation techniques. (Corequisite: Successful completion of 10-410-113, Interior Building Finishes)
10-410-109 CARPENTRY ESTIMATING ...basic material and labor cost estimating related to carpentry construction. (Corequisite: Successful completion of 10-410-111, Carpentry Prints & Specifications)
10-408-120 MASONRY FOR CARPENTERS ...this course will give students basic understanding of mason trades with emphasis on brick, cement and safety for the trade. Careers in masonry will also be discussed.
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 buuilding 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.


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. To find out more about which of your program courses may offer an opportunity during this academic year, contact your academic advisor or visit