Construction/Carpentry

Give us 20 weeks and we’ll help you change your life! As one of the premier construction vocational schools in Minnesota, our carpentry program has helped hundreds of graduates launch rewarding careers in the construction industry at some of the most innovative companies in Minnesota.

Unlike online carpentry schools or courses, our hands-on program builds your skills in today’s most relevant carpenter techniques and practices. Our carpentry program teaches you the necessary skills to take on the exciting challenges of a career in the construction industry. This hands-on training is designed to teach students about basic tools, building and designing schematics, blueprint reading, and other industry practices. The relationships formed with fellow students, instructors and guest speakers provide an invaluable network of passionate, diverse construction allies to call upon throughout your career. Explore this page to learn more about our carpentry training.

What does a Carpenter do?

Careers in the construction industry are plentiful! Carpenters are skilled craftsmen and women who work in the construction industry fabricating primarily wood or metal constructions. Their jobs include working on the interior and exterior finishing of a site, from the entire framework of a building to ornate woodwork on stairs and trim work. Some carpenters work in commercial buildings or prefabricate cabinets and other structures in shops or factories while others work on construction sites, cutting, joining, and installing structural elements. Carpenters have the option to work for a construction company or to work as independent contractors, and often work on a wide range of projects.

Carpenter Essential Duties

  • Follow blueprints and building plans to meet the needs of clients
  • Install structures and fixtures, such as windows and molding
  • Measure, cut, or shape wood, metal, and other materials
  • Construct building frameworks, including walls, floors, and door frames
  • Help erect, level, and install building framework with the aid of rigging hardware and cranes
  • Inspect and replace damaged framework or other structures and fixtures
  • Instruct and direct laborers and other construction helpers

Topics covered

  • Confidence
  • Teamwork/Collaboration
  • Blueprint Reading
  • OSHA-10 Safety
  • Hand and Power tools
  • Construction Mathematics
  • Building Materials
  • Wall/Floor/Stud framing
  • Concrete Framework
  • Finish Carpentry 
  • Commercial Construction
  • Project Management
  • Sheet Rocking

Program Curriculum & Schedule

Weeks 1-10

GETTING STARTED

Weeks 1-10 is a chance for you to start learning the basics of carpentry. This starts with OSHA safety training, and then moves on to math principles, blueprint reading and basic power tools like circular and saber saws. We’ll discuss everyday carpentry examples to understand how all these components impact the building process. While you’re getting a high-level view of the processes and complexities of carpentry, you’ll also get a chance to learn about some of the building blocks of the construction industry.

The first 10 weeks ensures that students will have a solid foundation in construction math and basic blueprint reading. Students will be able to identify the most important hand and power tools and learn how to use them safely.

Classes are held Monday-Friday from about 8:30 a.m. – 2:50 p.m.

Goals:

  • Understand the foundational principles of construction
  • Gain entry-level skills with hand and power tools
  • Gain confidence with personal development classes

Topics covered:

  • OSHA safety
  • Building materials
  • Blueprint reading
  • Construction mathematics
  • Hand and power tools

Weeks 11-20

DEVELOPING YOUR SKILLS

Weeks 11-20 is where we build on the foundations you learned in Phase 1. You’ve got the skills and now we put them to the test! This part of the program is designed to challenge students with a higher degree of difficulty in carpentry execution. You’ll work in pairs and small teams on residential and commercial framing systems. You’ll gain practical experience with the entire framing process, from problem-solving to evaluating, refinement, and execution. 

By the end of week 20 you will have gained a deeper understanding of carpentry and begin to see the challenges you are likely to encounter when working on a job site.

Goals:

  • Learn framing
  • Gain familiarity with concrete formwork
  • Construction safety
  • Hands-on installation

Topics covered:

  • Sheetrock
  • Framing systems
  • Finish carpentry
  • Metal studs

Admissions

Classes Start February 1, 2021

Our school is actively looking for candidates who are looking to learn skills for a lifetime in the construction fields of carpentry or electrician. You will not need to make any tuition payments or take out any student loans. We work to ensure your tuition is paid for entirely by grants, scholarships, and contracts.

  1. Watch the vocational information video
  2. Submit your application
  3. Someone from the Admissions department will contact you within 1-2 business days after your application is submitted.