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Carpentry Diploma

Program Overview

​Carpenters make up the largest trade group in the construction industry and work under a wide variety of conditions, using many different hand and power tools. They work with wood, concrete, metals, plastics, and other construction materials. ​

Carpenters do framing with steel and wood, and also build stairs and frame roofs. They also install wood paneling, cabinets, windows, doors, and door hardware. 

Carpenters can be involved in the many different phases of a building project or choose to specialize in areas such as framing, drywall, acoustic ceilings, concrete form building, hardware, and millwork.

Many graduates of the Carpentry Diploma program continue their training by entering a formal apprentice program.

Program Delivery Methods
Traditional in-class and hands-on training in state-of-the-art lab on Saint Paul College campus, St. Paul, MN​​

What You'll Learn

  • ​To safely use many different hand and power tools 
  • To frame walls with steel or wood
  • Interpret blueprints and specifications
  • Build stairs, frame roofs, install doors & windows
  • Learn scaffold erection and concrete form building 
  • Use the latest electronic surveying instruments 
  • Work with wood, plastics, concrete, metals, gypsum, and various fiber composite products​

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Program Details

  • Program Requirements

    Program Requirements Guides
    View the Program Requirement Guide to learn about Minimum Program Entry Requirements, Recommended Course Sequence and Program Outcomes:

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    Full-time enrollment is required
    This is a full-time day program. Students should plan for a full day of classes.​

    Special Supplies and Tool Costs
    Students should expect to spend approximately $1,100 beyond the cost of tuition, fees, and books, for special supplies and tools. A list is available from the advisor. ​

    Additional Recommendations
    Good work habits, mechanical aptitude, and strong communication and math skills are necessary to become a successful carpenter. Carpenters must be able to climb, lift, carry, measure, calculate, and plan their work. They often work at considerable heights.

  • Career Settings

    • Work in many different phases of a construction project or specialize in one area 
    • Build homes, schools, shopping centers, factories, hotels and other public and private buildings
    • Work for a variety of construction contractors
    • Become self-employed
    • ​Advance on the job to foreman and job superintendent
    Potential Employers​​
    • Greiner Construction
    • Frana & Sons, Inc.
    • J & K Builders
    • Kraus Anderson
    • McGough Construction
    • CECO Concrete Construction​

  • Transfer Pathways

    ​​Saint Paul College has a transfer articulation agreement between the following program and post-secondary institution for the baccalaureate degree program listed below. 

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    ​Carpentry Diploma

    • ​​​​BS Operations Management, Minnesota State University-Moorhead​

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  • Additional Benefits

    • ​​Learn from experienced instructors who teach in a "hands-on" environment. 
    • Work in the largest trade group in the construction industry. 
    • Start employment with an established knowledge of the tools and materials used in the trade. 
    • ​Become familiar with job site safety and safe working practices.​
  • Program Advisor

    ​Perry Franzen​

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