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Program Details

This program prepares students with skills and knowledge for a career in residential carpentry. Technical and general courses provide the students theory and hands-on learning experiences. General areas of study include building codes, blueprint reading, estimating, site layout, concrete, framing, interior and exterior finish, cabinet construction and installation, and decks. The Residential Carpentry diploma program provides graduates with skills required of a carpenter in a variety of building construction settings common in both rural and metropolitan areas.

Program Accreditation

Northland Community & Technical College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

Program Learner Outcomes

  1. Student will demonstrate professional workplace habits including punctuality, attitudes, behaviors, and craftsmanship expected in the construction industry.
  2. Student will demonstrate proper safety practices and procedures at all time in the classroom, shop, and building sites.
  3. Student will demonstrate appropriate framing skills efficiently.
  4. Student will perform proper interior and exterior finishing techniques to a variety of construction projects.
  5. Student will perform accurate estimating/print reading functions to a variety of building projects.


Student must have the following tools by 2nd week of class:

Builder Rig Tool Belt — personal choice

16 oz Curved Claw Hammer — smooth face — personal choice — Estwing E3-16C

Swanson Tool S0101 7 in Speed Square Layout Tool with Blue Book

1″ x 25″ Tape Measure — Stanley 33-725 25 feet Fox Max Tape

Utility Knife with Blades — personal choice

Wood Chisel Set — 1 chisel with 3/4″ blade — Stanley 16-977 1/4″ wide fat max short blade chisel

Carpenter Pencils

Impact Drive Bits Torx 25,30 — Philips #2

Combination Screwdriver — Stanley 68-012M all in one 6-way screwdriver

1 regular 6″ pliers — Irvin Tools Vice Grip Slip Joint (2078406)

100′ Chalk Reel and 8 oz Bottle — Milwaukee 48-22-3982 100′ Bold Line Chalk Reel with Strip Guard — Gear box and 6:1 Gear Retraction Ratio 3 oz Blue Chalk

Fine Marker — Milwaukee Electric Tool 48-22-3106 INK2ALL Fine Marker / 4 pack

1 Yellow Handle Aviation Snips — Stanley Fatmax 14-563 9 7/8″ — straight cut aviation snip

Safety Glasses — personal choice — Dewalt DPG55-112

Hearing Protection — personal choice — corded with case

Construction Master Calculator — Model 4065

Architectural Scale — Mveohos brand