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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 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
Gainful employment programs are those “that prepare students for gainful employment in a recognized occupation.”
RCTC gainful employment information for Carpentry Diploma:
Articulations / Accreditations:
For additional information on the most current list of RCTC program articulations see us at: http://www.rctc.edu/catalog/articulations
Rochester Community and Technical College is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission: A Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.
Last Updated: October 3, 2013