Carpentry Technology

CARPENTRY TECHNOLOGY


Award: Diploma / 64 Credits
Location: Austin  
Program Starts: Fall
Course Plan: Two Year
Course Schedules

Does building a career with your own hands appeal to you?

You can build a solid framework for a successful carpentry career during this two-year program. Each instructor has at least 2,000 hours of work experience in the trade and Minnesota Vocational Teaching licenses. Our 20-to-1 student-to-teacher ratio creates an ideal learning environment. Students participate in actually building a house, from initial site work and footings through the interior and exterior finish, during each year of the Riverland program.

The first-year of this lab-intensive program focuses on basic hands-on training in one of the largest, best-equipped carpentry shops in the state. You will learn the proper use and care of carpentry tools and equipment in addition to gaining experience on actual jobs. The second-year concentrates on construction principles, materials and methods related to residential construction.
Riverland homes are built to HBI (Home Builders Institute) standards.


Tool scholarships and field trips add to the appeal of this program.

Employment Outlook

Graduates are in demand and Riverland students are prepared for a wide variety of entry- level options including: residential and commercial builders, remodelers, cabinet makers, agri-builders and industrial, retail and wholesale business contractors. Students can look forward to finding good-paying jobs that match their individual interests and talents. There is room for advancement to positions of foreman, lead person, and business owner. You will find that employment opportunities are available in a worldwide marketplace.

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Carpentry Technology Diploma was last updated on 03/04/2011
Note: This is an unofficial document that should be used for planning purposes only. Course listings are provided only as a guideline and may be changed.

Course Sequence Example Plan - Two Year

Prerequisites
Course # Course Title Credits
CARP1110
Construction Material and Tool Safety (This course is offered the first 3 weeks of the fall semester. Students must successfully pass this course before continuing on with the carpentry program.)
This course prepares the student to safely use power and hand tools in the construction trades. The study of construction materials and fastening procedures are covered. A series of required hand and power tool projects are completed in the carpentry lab. This course is part of the Carpentry program which is accredited by the Home Builders Institute (HBI) and the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB). (3 Cr - 1 lect, 2 lab)
3.00
Fall Semester - First Year
Course # Course Title Credits
CARP1120
Building Principles I
This course introduces building layout, surveying, concrete theory, placement, and finish. The student examines several uses of concrete in residential construction. A concrete slab and/or concrete footing are poured and finished during the concrete portion of this course. Basic principles of residential framing are covered. The student studies types of residential framing and frames floor along with walls of a 10' by 12' shed within the framing unit. This course is part of the Carpentry program which is accredited by the Home Builders Institute (HBI) and the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB). Prerequisites: CARP 1110. (4 Cr - 1 lect, 3 lab)
4.00
CARP1130
Building Principles II
This course addresses how to properly install exterior wall components, roof framing, and roof coverings. The student installs sheathing, siding, and completes a gable roof structure for a 10' by 12' shed. Different types of materials and procedures for each process are covered. This course is part of the Carpentry program which is accredited by the Home Builders Institute (HBI) and the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB). Prerequisites: CARP 1110. (3 Cr - 0 lect, 3 lab)
3.00
CARP1140
Cabinet Making I
This course introduces cabinet woods, hardware, and design of basic cabinets. Students draft and construct a cabinet making project. Students operate cabinet power tools during the construction and assembly process. This course is part of the Carpentry program which is accredited by the Home Builders Institute (HBI) and the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB). Prerequisites: CARP 1110. (4 Cr - 1 lect, 3 lab)
4.00
GSMA1420
Technical Math I (E)
This course covers elements of algebra and are introduced early with topics of arithmetic. Also provide a unified approach to problem solving that traditional arithmetic methods lack. The use of scientific calculators allows for efficient use of classroom time to develop mathematical concepts and problem-solving skills. Prereq: None. (2Cr - 1 lect, 1 lab)
2.00
***
Elective
2.00
Total 13.00
Spring Semester - First Year
Course # Course Title Credits
CARP1220
Cabinet Making II
This course is designed for advanced cabinet making. The student draws working drawings and constructs and assembles a set of kitchen cabinets to be used in a residential home. All concepts are used as a guide to further improve skills. This course is part of the Carpentry program which is accredited by the Home Builders Institute (HBI) and the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB). (4 Cr - 1 lect, 3 lab)
4.00
CARP1230
Building Principles III
This course emphasizes the basic concepts of interior finish in residential construction. The focus is on hanging, taping, and finishing of interior drywall, hanging and trimming interior doors and locksets, basic layout of floor tile and hardwood floors, cutting and installing baseboard and casing for doors and windows. Students complete the finishing steps of a small residential home. This course is part of the Carpentry program which is accredited by the Home Builders Institute (HBI) and the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB). Prerequisites: CARP 1110. (4 Cr - 1 lect, 3 lab)
4.00
CARP1240
Building Principles IV
This course emphasizes hand framing of a gable and hip roof. Students study layout and assembly of different roof slopes. The layout and assembly of a small set of stairs are covered. This course is part of the Carpentry program which is accredited by the Home Builders Institute (HBI) and the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB). Prerequisites: CARP 1110. (3 Cr - 0 lect, 3 lab)
3.00
CARP1210
Blueprint Reading and Drawing
This course introduces basic blueprint reading, estimating, and computer-aided design and drafting (C.A.D.D.) for residential construction. Students study and read a series of residential construction working drawings. The student identifies different prints used in building a residential home and draws a small residential home on a C.A.D.D. program. Hand drafting and estimating of a 24' by 24' garage are also completed. This course is part of the Carpentry program which is accredited by the Home Builders Institute (HBI) and the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB). (3 Cr - 1 lect, 2 lab)
3.00
CARP2261
Skill Building Lab (E)
This course enables students to work independently on skill improvement in a generalized area of the carpentry trade. Application of competencies gained from previous work experiences and/or coursework is emphasized. The instructor and student identify tasks to be accomplished and develop an individualized training plan. This course is part of the Carpentry program which is accredited by the Home Builders Institute (HBI) and the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB). Prerequisites: CARP 1110. (1 Cr - 0 lect, 1 lab)
1.00
GSCM1500
Written Technical Communications (E)
This course is for students majoring in trade and technical occupations and covers the basics of written communications needed for work-related situations. Industry-focused instruction in the areas of sentence structure, paragraph structure, and writing style are included. Students plan, compose, format, edit, proofread, and revise a variety of business communications, including letters, memos, resumes, instructions and short reports. The use of technology, including Internet and library resources, are integrated into the course. (2 Cr - 1 lect. 1 lab)
2.00
Total 17.00
Fall Semester - Second Year
Course # Course Title Credits
CARP2110
Construction Site Work
This course examines the layout of a house on a lot. Students work with setting elevations and oversee the excavation. Students work on concrete flatwork and observe the foundation walls constructed by a subcontractor. Each student demonstrates forming and finishing procedures of concrete on footing, floors, and driveways. This course is part of the Carpentry program which is accredited by the Home Builders Institute (HBI) and the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB). Prerequisites: CARP 1230 and CARP 1240. (4 Cr - 1 lect, 3 lab)
4.00
CARP2120
Residential Framing Techniques
This course emphasizes various methods of floor and wall framing. Different types of materials and methods used in framing are examined. Students participate in various methods of the framing process. This course is part of the Carpentry program which is accredited by the Home Builders Institute (HBI) and the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB). Prerequisites: CARP 1230 and CARP 1240. (4 Cr - 1 lect, 3 lab)
4.00
CARP2130
Roof Construction
This course introduces the erection of trusses and hand framing of rafters. Correct methods of shingling, flashing, and proper ventilation are included. This course places emphasis on installation of trusses, rafters, sheathing, soffit, facia, shingles, flashing, and all ventilation materials necessary for completion of the residential house project. This course is part of the Carpentry program which is accredited by the Home Builders Institute (HBI) and the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB). Prerequisites: CARP 1120. (3 Cr - 1 lect, 2 lab)
3.00
CARP2210
Interior Wall Finishes
This course introduces the preparation and installation of drywall and finishing techniques. Textures and painting are included. Students measure, mark, cut, and install drywall on ceilings and walls and apply finish surfaces on the residential house project. This course is part of the Carpentry program which is accredited by the Home Builders Institute (HBI) and the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB). Prerequisites: CARP 1230. (4 Cr - 1 lect, 3 lab)
4.00
GSCM1510
Workplace Human Relations (E)
This course examines interpersonal relationship skills in the work environment. Students evaluate individual strengths and weaknesses and assess and learn transferable skills. This course emphasizes employment-enhancing skills that include understanding and improving relationships and communication with co-workers, supervisors, subordinates, and customers. This survey course introduces concepts and methods for improvement of interpersonal relations. (2 Cr - 2 lect, 0 lab)
2.00
Total 17.00
Spring Semester - Second Year
Course # Course Title Credits
CARP2140
Exterior Construction
This course introduces the installation of all exterior doors and windows. Application of siding and soffit on a residential home are included. This course places emphasis on window identification, placement, and installation techniques. Installation of various hardware and door hanging procedures are demonstrated on a residential house project. This course is part of the Carpentry program which is accredited by the Home Builders Institute (HBI) and the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB). Prerequisite: CARP 1230 and CARP 1240. (4 Cr - 1 lect, 3 lab)
4.00
CARP2220
Millwork Installation and Finishing
This course introduces the installation of interior doors, window trim, and stair railing. Staining and varnishing of millwork are included. The installation of finished wood floors or tile floors is introduced depending on class project. This course is part of the Carpentry program which is accredited by the Home Builders Institute (HBI) and the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB). Prerequisites: CARP 1230. (4 Cr - 1 lect, 3 lab)
4.00
CARP2230
Cabinet Installation
This course introduces the installation of kitchen cabinets, vanities, and other built-ins. Installing tops with the finish fit and caulk are included. The final building inspection will be done on the current building project. This course is part of the Carpentry program which is accredited by the Home Builders Institute (HBI) and the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB). Prerequisites: CARP 1110. (3 Cr - 1 lect, 2 lab)
3.00
CARP2251
Internship with Service Learning Option
This course enables students to work independently on skill improvement in a generalized area of the carpentry trade. Application of competencies gained from previous work experiences and/or coursework is emphasized. This course provides an opportunity for students to participate in an additional service learning option. The instructor and student identify specific tasks to be accomplished by the student and develop an individualized training plan. This course is part of the Carpentry program which is accredited by the Home Builders Institute (HBI) and the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB). Prerequisites: CARP 1110. (2 Cr - 0 lect, 2 lab)
2.00
CARP2271
Skill Building Lab (E)
This course enables students to work independently on skill improvement in a generalized area of the carpentry trade. Application of competencies gained from previous work experiences and/or coursework is emphasized. The instructor and student identify tasks to be accomplished and develop an individualized training plan. This course is part of the Carpentry program which is accredited by the Home Builders Institute (HBI) and the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB). Prerequisites: CARP 1110. (1 Cr - 0 lect, 1 lab)
1.00
Total 14.00
(E) = Elective
Estimated Tuition
64 cr  x  $187.00 = $11,968.00 
Books: $300 
Other Costs: $655 

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Program Graduate Outcomes

Upon completion of this program, the graduate will:
  • Be able to correctly build a cabinet face frame.
  • Demonstrate proper use of personal safety equipment on a construction site.
  • Demonstrate framing wall layout using 16” O.C.
  • Properly setup and use builders level or laser level to read and record elevations.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of placing and finishing concrete using finishing tools in proper order.
  • Correctly measure and hang sheetrock.
  • Measure and estimate the materials needed for a roofing project.

Carpentry Technology Faculty & Advisors

1-800-247-5039 / Directory

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ALBERT LEA CAMPUS
2200 Riverland Dr.
Albert Lea, MN 56007
507-379-3300
AUSTIN CAMPUS
1900 8th Avenue NW
Austin, MN 55912
507-433-0600
OWATONNA COLLEGE & UNIVERSITY CENTER
965 Alexander Drive SW
Owatonna, MN 55060
507-455-5880
Program Notes

Requirements for Program Admission: Tool and Safety Kit – Different options available, price varies per supplier.

Students entering this program must meet the following minimum program entry requirements:
Reading: An Accuplacer score of 50 is recommended.

Assessment Results and Prerequisites: Students admitted into Riverland Community College program may need to complete additional courses based on assessment results and course prerequisite requirements. Certain MATH and ENGL courses have additional prerequisites.

Required Core Courses (56 Credits)
Course ## Name
Credits
Course Outline
CARP1110
Construction Material and Tool Safety
This course prepares the student to safely use power and hand tools in the construction trades. The study of construction materials and fastening procedures are covered. A series of required hand and power tool projects are completed in the carpentry lab. This course is part of the Carpentry program which is accredited by the Home Builders Institute (HBI) and the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB). (3 Cr - 1 lect, 2 lab)
3.00 CARP1110
CARP1120
Building Principles I
This course introduces building layout, surveying, concrete theory, placement, and finish. The student examines several uses of concrete in residential construction. A concrete slab and/or concrete footing are poured and finished during the concrete portion of this course. Basic principles of residential framing are covered. The student studies types of residential framing and frames floor along with walls of a 10' by 12' shed within the framing unit. This course is part of the Carpentry program which is accredited by the Home Builders Institute (HBI) and the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB). Prerequisites: CARP 1110. (4 Cr - 1 lect, 3 lab)
4.00 CARP1120
CARP1130
Building Principles II
This course addresses how to properly install exterior wall components, roof framing, and roof coverings. The student installs sheathing, siding, and completes a gable roof structure for a 10' by 12' shed. Different types of materials and procedures for each process are covered. This course is part of the Carpentry program which is accredited by the Home Builders Institute (HBI) and the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB). Prerequisites: CARP 1110. (3 Cr - 0 lect, 3 lab)
3.00 CARP1130
CARP1140
Cabinet Making I
This course introduces cabinet woods, hardware, and design of basic cabinets. Students draft and construct a cabinet making project. Students operate cabinet power tools during the construction and assembly process. This course is part of the Carpentry program which is accredited by the Home Builders Institute (HBI) and the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB). Prerequisites: CARP 1110. (4 Cr - 1 lect, 3 lab)
4.00 CARP1140
CARP1210
Blueprint Reading and Drawing
This course introduces basic blueprint reading, estimating, and computer-aided design and drafting (C.A.D.D.) for residential construction. Students study and read a series of residential construction working drawings. The student identifies different prints used in building a residential home and draws a small residential home on a C.A.D.D. program. Hand drafting and estimating of a 24' by 24' garage are also completed. This course is part of the Carpentry program which is accredited by the Home Builders Institute (HBI) and the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB). (3 Cr - 1 lect, 2 lab)
3.00 CARP1210
CARP1220
Cabinet Making II
This course is designed for advanced cabinet making. The student draws working drawings and constructs and assembles a set of kitchen cabinets to be used in a residential home. All concepts are used as a guide to further improve skills. This course is part of the Carpentry program which is accredited by the Home Builders Institute (HBI) and the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB). (4 Cr - 1 lect, 3 lab)
4.00 CARP1220
CARP1230
Building Principles III
This course emphasizes the basic concepts of interior finish in residential construction. The focus is on hanging, taping, and finishing of interior drywall, hanging and trimming interior doors and locksets, basic layout of floor tile and hardwood floors, cutting and installing baseboard and casing for doors and windows. Students complete the finishing steps of a small residential home. This course is part of the Carpentry program which is accredited by the Home Builders Institute (HBI) and the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB). Prerequisites: CARP 1110. (4 Cr - 1 lect, 3 lab)
4.00 CARP1230
CARP1240
Building Principles IV
This course emphasizes hand framing of a gable and hip roof. Students study layout and assembly of different roof slopes. The layout and assembly of a small set of stairs are covered. This course is part of the Carpentry program which is accredited by the Home Builders Institute (HBI) and the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB). Prerequisites: CARP 1110. (3 Cr - 0 lect, 3 lab)
3.00 CARP1240
CARP2110
Construction Site Work
This course examines the layout of a house on a lot. Students work with setting elevations and oversee the excavation. Students work on concrete flatwork and observe the foundation walls constructed by a subcontractor. Each student demonstrates forming and finishing procedures of concrete on footing, floors, and driveways. This course is part of the Carpentry program which is accredited by the Home Builders Institute (HBI) and the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB). Prerequisites: CARP 1230 and CARP 1240. (4 Cr - 1 lect, 3 lab)
4.00 CARP2110
CARP2120
Residential Framing Techniques
This course emphasizes various methods of floor and wall framing. Different types of materials and methods used in framing are examined. Students participate in various methods of the framing process. This course is part of the Carpentry program which is accredited by the Home Builders Institute (HBI) and the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB). Prerequisites: CARP 1230 and CARP 1240. (4 Cr - 1 lect, 3 lab)
4.00 CARP2120
CARP2130
Roof Construction
This course introduces the erection of trusses and hand framing of rafters. Correct methods of shingling, flashing, and proper ventilation are included. This course places emphasis on installation of trusses, rafters, sheathing, soffit, facia, shingles, flashing, and all ventilation materials necessary for completion of the residential house project. This course is part of the Carpentry program which is accredited by the Home Builders Institute (HBI) and the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB). Prerequisites: CARP 1120. (3 Cr - 1 lect, 2 lab)
3.00 CARP2130
CARP2140
Exterior Construction
This course introduces the installation of all exterior doors and windows. Application of siding and soffit on a residential home are included. This course places emphasis on window identification, placement, and installation techniques. Installation of various hardware and door hanging procedures are demonstrated on a residential house project. This course is part of the Carpentry program which is accredited by the Home Builders Institute (HBI) and the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB). Prerequisite: CARP 1230 and CARP 1240. (4 Cr - 1 lect, 3 lab)
4.00 CARP2140
CARP2210
Interior Wall Finishes
This course introduces the preparation and installation of drywall and finishing techniques. Textures and painting are included. Students measure, mark, cut, and install drywall on ceilings and walls and apply finish surfaces on the residential house project. This course is part of the Carpentry program which is accredited by the Home Builders Institute (HBI) and the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB). Prerequisites: CARP 1230. (4 Cr - 1 lect, 3 lab)
4.00 CARP2210
CARP2220
Millwork Installation and Finishing
This course introduces the installation of interior doors, window trim, and stair railing. Staining and varnishing of millwork are included. The installation of finished wood floors or tile floors is introduced depending on class project. This course is part of the Carpentry program which is accredited by the Home Builders Institute (HBI) and the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB). Prerequisites: CARP 1230. (4 Cr - 1 lect, 3 lab)
4.00 CARP2220
CARP2230
Cabinet Installation
This course introduces the installation of kitchen cabinets, vanities, and other built-ins. Installing tops with the finish fit and caulk are included. The final building inspection will be done on the current building project. This course is part of the Carpentry program which is accredited by the Home Builders Institute (HBI) and the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB). Prerequisites: CARP 1110. (3 Cr - 1 lect, 2 lab)
3.00 CARP2230
CARP2251
Internship with Service Learning Option
This course enables students to work independently on skill improvement in a generalized area of the carpentry trade. Application of competencies gained from previous work experiences and/or coursework is emphasized. This course provides an opportunity for students to participate in an additional service learning option. The instructor and student identify specific tasks to be accomplished by the student and develop an individualized training plan. This course is part of the Carpentry program which is accredited by the Home Builders Institute (HBI) and the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB). Prerequisites: CARP 1110. (2 Cr - 0 lect, 2 lab)
2.00 CARP2251

General Studies Courses (8 Credits )
Course ## Name
Credits
Course Outline
CARP2261
Skill Building Lab
This course enables students to work independently on skill improvement in a generalized area of the carpentry trade. Application of competencies gained from previous work experiences and/or coursework is emphasized. The instructor and student identify tasks to be accomplished and develop an individualized training plan. This course is part of the Carpentry program which is accredited by the Home Builders Institute (HBI) and the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB). Prerequisites: CARP 1110. (1 Cr - 0 lect, 1 lab)
Course Outline CARP2261
1.00 CARP2261
CARP2271
Skill Building Lab
This course enables students to work independently on skill improvement in a generalized area of the carpentry trade. Application of competencies gained from previous work experiences and/or coursework is emphasized. The instructor and student identify tasks to be accomplished and develop an individualized training plan. This course is part of the Carpentry program which is accredited by the Home Builders Institute (HBI) and the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB). Prerequisites: CARP 1110. (1 Cr - 0 lect, 1 lab)
Course Outline CARP2271
1.00 CARP2271
GSCL1250
Basic Business Concepts
This course is an introduction to the principles of management and operation of a business. Business formation, legal topics and liability issues will be covered, as well as employee and customer relations and organizational planning. (2Cr - 2 lect, 0 lab)
2.00 N/A
GSCL1270
Employment Search Skills
This course introduces students to a process of developing self-awareness when considering career opportunities and identifying career-related goals. Students conduct a job search, prepare a job application, resume, cover letter, a follow-up correspondence. The course includes preparation for job interviews. (1 Cr - 1 lect, 0 lab)
Course Outline GSCL1270
1.00 GSCL1270
GSCM1500
Written Technical Communications
This course is for students majoring in trade and technical occupations and covers the basics of written communications needed for work-related situations. Industry-focused instruction in the areas of sentence structure, paragraph structure, and writing style are included. Students plan, compose, format, edit, proofread, and revise a variety of business communications, including letters, memos, resumes, instructions and short reports. The use of technology, including Internet and library resources, are integrated into the course. (2 Cr - 1 lect. 1 lab)
Course Outline GSCM1500
2.00 GSCM1500
GSCM1510
Workplace Human Relations
This course examines interpersonal relationship skills in the work environment. Students evaluate individual strengths and weaknesses and assess and learn transferable skills. This course emphasizes employment-enhancing skills that include understanding and improving relationships and communication with co-workers, supervisors, subordinates, and customers. This survey course introduces concepts and methods for improvement of interpersonal relations. (2 Cr - 2 lect, 0 lab)
Course Outline GSCM1510
2.00 GSCM1510
GSMA1420
Technical Math I
This course covers elements of algebra and are introduced early with topics of arithmetic. Also provide a unified approach to problem solving that traditional arithmetic methods lack. The use of scientific calculators allows for efficient use of classroom time to develop mathematical concepts and problem-solving skills. Prereq: None. (2Cr - 1 lect, 1 lab)
2.00 N/A
HLTH1130
AHA CPR and First Aid Certification
This course includes instruction of adult, child, and infant for rescue breathing, airway obstruction, and one and two man Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) and standard first aid. Topics covered are: obstructed airway, rescue breathing, cardiopulmonary resuscitation, injuries (soft and hard tissue), bleeding, emergencies, splinting, and sudden illness. Students will be instructed to use breathing devices, specifically the pocket mask and the bag-valve mask. This course is certified by the American Heart Association. (1 Cr - 1 lect, 0 lab)
Course Outline HLTH1130
1.00 HLTH1130

Carpentry Technology (DIP) Program Curriculum was last updated on 03/04/2011

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