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Carpentry Overview


Career/Program Overview

RCTC’s Carpentry program is designed to prepare students for careers as carpenters in residential and commercial construction, factories, cabinet shops, and building maintenance fields.

The primary activity of the RCTC program is the building of a house.  This house building experience includes laying out the house on the lot, building the footing forms, rough framing, shingling the roof, insulating, hanging the drywall, and trimming out the house.  About two-thirds of the instruction is spent in the lab working on mock-ups or at the job site working on the house. 


Instruction includes courses in theory and shop practice in the proper uses of hand and power tools and machines, building footings and foundations, site layout, rough framing, exterior and interior finishing, blueprint reading and cost estimating. 

Program/Degree Options

RCTC’s Carpentry major is a 32 credit diploma program that can be completed in as little as one year.

Program Start Date(s)

Students planning to attend full-time and complete the program in one year must start fall semester.

Career Opportunities/Information

Career opportunities exist with independent home builders, commercial contractors, lumberyards, furniture manufacturers, and cabinet making shops.  Graduates typically start out as entry-level carpenters.  With further education and work experience, they can become journeymen carpenters, foremen or start their own business.

Gainful Employment Programs

The U.S. Department of Education’s (USDE) gainful employment regulations require disclosure of certain program information for programs that lead to certificates or diplomas and are financial aid eligible.

The most current RCTC gainful employment information can be found at: http://www.rctc.edu/catalog/programs.


Rochester Community and Technical College is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission.

For additional information on the most current list of RCTC program articulations see us at: http://www.rctc.edu/catalog/articulations/

Additional Information

Program Website: http://www.rctc.edu/program/carpentry
Program Plan: http://www.rctc.edu/catalog/programs
More Information: http://www.rctc.edu/contact

Overview content updated: 2015-03-31
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