Carpentry Video screen

Degrees and Certificates

Why Choose This Program

With a carpentry degree, graduates put their skills to work in residential construction, light and heavy commercial construction, highway and heavy bridgework, cabinetry and millwork. Students who graduate from the Carpentry program are prepared to enter the construction industry as skilled tradespeople. 

The building construction industry is one of the largest industries in America today. With an increasing population and need for more housing, well-trained carpenters are in demand in the areas of urban redevelopment; commercial and industrial buildings; and facilities to improve the environment.

Hailey from SCTCC Carpentry
From Minneapolis
Benilde-St. Margaret High School
Yes, it’s a male dominated workplace, but I don’t think that should hold anyone back. I think it’s really cool when you see a lot of women doing these jobs.
Carpentry at SCTCC
Chris from SCTCC Carpentry
SCTCC Carpentry Student

Good Stuff

“Yes, it’s a male dominated workplace, but I don’t think that should hold anyone back. I think it’s really cool when you see a lot of women doing these jobs.”

-Hailey Kohler


Skills Acquired

  • Select appropriate Construction Techniques and determine the best for each situation.  
  • Use critical thinking skills and apply mathematics to solve construction problems. 
  • Select appropriate technology and procedures to complete assigned task. 
  • Understand the role of the Construction industry and how it relates to the social and economic future. 
  • Demonstrate the ability to read and interpret blueprints and codes. 
  • Have knowledge of building codes and recognizes the importance of code compliance. 
  • Demonstrate safe working habits. 
  • Possess the ability to schedule, plan, and manage time effectively. 
2015 Placement Rate
Central MN Average Hourly Wage

Career Choices

SCTCC grads are equivalent to advanced apprentices. There are jobs in the areas of residential, light and heavy commercial, highway and heavy bridgework, cabinetry, and millwork. 

There are many career options, from focused employment like ceiling tile installers or drywall applicators, to building inspectors, customer service representatives for building and hardware supply companies as well as lumber yard manager trainees.  

Accreditations & Credentials

The Carpentry program is accredited by the Carpenters of America (sample).


Students successfully completing this degree may choose to further advance their education by continuing though articulation agreements with other colleges (St. Cloud State Herberger School of Business, St. Scholastica, Mayville, Southwest MSU, and UW-Superior) offering Bachelor’s degree programs.

Info Sessions

3:00 PM


Contact Us

Patrick Dehler
Phone: (320) 308-6024

Program Costs

In addition to tuition and fees, Carpentry students can expect to pay about $1,750 per year in books, supplies, and materials.

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Additional Information

  • Program specific scholarships are available.
  • Potential for part time paying jobs in water and wastewater treatment facilities are available to successful candidates.  The part time jobs could be prior to the start of schooling and also while students are attending school.
  • The courses taken in the WETT program are 50% full time face-to-face, and 50% blended classes……meaning students will take half their classes with some online learning components built into their classes/course work.

    Clubs & Organizations

    Carpentry students can check out CMBA

    SCTCC Student Clubs

    Advisory Board

    The Advisory Board for Carpentry:

    • John Smith
    • Jane Jones
    • Phil Philanderer

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