Carpentry & Construction

Program Description

  • The residential Carpentry program provides training to students in all aspects of residential construction. Students acquire a solid foundation of skills and knowledge in the areas of: safe use of hand and power tools, measuring and cutting, accuracy with levels, rulers, and squares, interpreting drawings and blueprints, and door, window, kitchen, and bath installations. Students also erect concrete forms, wood frame structures, floor joists, stud wall partitions, subflooring, sheathing, stairs, rafter installation, roofing, and siding. Minuteman provides students with instruction in all aspects of mill and residential carpentry, as well as energy-saving and super-insulation techniques. The competency-based curriculum and hands-on approach enable students to be ready for our off-campus projects. Aptitudes and talents which a student needs in order to be successful in residential carpentry include good math ability, mechanical aptitude, physical fitness and ability to work with others.

Course Content

    • Safe use of hand and power tools
    • Scaffold, Ladder, PPE Training
    • Measuring and cutting materials
    • Identify house construction materials
    • Demonstrate concrete foundation methods
    • Read and interpret construction blueprints, working drawings and building codes
    • Layout floor joists, stud walls, ceiling joist, rafters, stair stringers
    • Estimate material costs associated with building construction
    • Apply interior/exterior wall finishes
    • Install interior casing and mill work
    • Install door/window units and build basic stair system
    • Sustainability & Green Technologies

Employers Hiring Minuteman Graduates

    • Bob Foss Contracting
    • Custom Contracting
    • Kistler & Knapp Builders
    • Villandry Contracting

Advisory Committee Partners

    • Fienmen Construction
    • Orr Construction
    • R.S. Osmond Co., Inc.
    • Silva Brothers
    • Smith Construction
    • The Copper & Slate Company
    • Wheeler Construction

Industry Certifications

    • 1 year’s credit towards Construction Supervisor’s License
    • OSHA 10-Hour Construction Safety
    • CPR Certification

Possible Career Pathways

    • Architectural Woodworker
    • Construction Manager
    • Dry Waller
    • Finish Carpenter
    • Framer
    • Roofer
    • Sales & Estimating
    • Self-Employed Contractor & Remodeler
    • Siding Installer
    • Union Carpenter

Starting Salary

  • $11.66 - $33.34 per hour

    *Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics
    Website: bls.gov/ooh

College Partners

    • Central Maine Community College
    • New England Institute of Technology
    • Northeastern University
    • Wentworth Institute of Technology