The Carpentry program is designed to instruct students in all types of house construction and remodeling. Students are involved in foundation layout work, house framing, and exterior and interior finish carpentry work. Students work with a variety of building and finishing materials, and become familiar with modern methods and styles of commercial and residential construction. An integral component of the curriculum involves live hands-on shop work, allowing the students to practice all phases of house construction. Major projects will include the construction of a shed and house. Students who complete the program can further their education or enter into the workforce as a framing carpenter, mill worker, finish carpenter and more.


Year I:

Basic Safety (OSHA 10)

Introduction to Construction Math

Introduction to Hand Tools

Introduction to Power Tools

Introduction to Construction Drawings

Basic Communication & Employability Skills

Introduction to Material Handling

Year II:

Orientation to the Trade

Building Materials Fasteners and Adhesives

Hand and Power Tools

Introduction to Construction drawings, Specifications and Layout

Floor Systems

Wall Systems

Ceiling Joist and Roof Framing

Introduction to Building Envelope Systems

Basic Stair Layout

Roofing Applications

Exterior Finishing

Cabinetmaking and Installation (Optional)


Core Curriculum: Introductory Craft Skills Trainee Guide

Carpentry Level 1 Trainee Guide

National Standards:

National Center for Construction Education and Research


NCCER: National Center for Construction Education and Research

OSHA: Occupational Safety and Health Administration 10-Hour Safety

College Credit:

Eastern Maine Community College

BCT 103- Intro to Framing, Safety & Code Compliance

Suggested Integrated Academic Credit:

Career Prep


Is This Program A Fit?

I enjoy...

‣ Working as a member of a team

‣ Working with my hands

‣ Working with people and customer service

I am able to...

‣ Maintain Physical Endurance- sustained periods of standing and ability to move materials

‣ Pay Attention to Detail- ability to follow blueprints and building plans

‣ Perform Technical Skills- using a wide range of tools and dangerous equipment safely

‣ Work Collaboratively- work cooperatively and professionally with classmates

I am comfortable with...

‣ Math- arithmetic skills including fractions, decimals, percentages, ratios, multiplication and division

‣ Reading- interacting with technical documents

‣ STEM- science, technology, engineering, mathematics