Residential Carpentry | Riverland Community College Accredited 2-Year Minnesota School Offering Programs to Southern, MN - Riverland

Carpentry, Residential


If you're looking to build your career, then look no further than Residential Carpentry. With our program, you'll learn everything you need to start your career as a carpenter. Plus, we provide you with a tool-belt from local businesses, so you'll have everything you need to get started.

This program prepares students with skills and knowledge for a career in residential carpentry. Technical and general courses provide the students theory and hands-on learning experiences. General areas of study include building codes, blueprint reading, estimating, site layout, concrete, framing, interior and exterior finish, cabinet construction and installation, and decks. The Residential Carpentry diploma program provides graduates with skills required of a carpenter in a variety of building construction settings common in both rural and metropolitan areas.

Enhance your education and make yourself more marketable with a certificate in Construction Management. This two-semester, 18-credit program is primarily online and offers you advanced training in management, planning, estimating, and more. Contact us for more information.

Benefits at Riverland

  • Continue to the Commercial Carpentry program and earn 1500 hours towards the Journeyman's Carpenter hours. Talk with a Carpentry faculty member to further explain the benefits 
  • Students are supplied toolbelts provided by parterning with local businesses.
    What will I study?
  • Blueprint Reading I & II
  • Construction Material and Tool Safety
  • Interior Millwork, Cabinet Installation, and Stairs
  • Wall and Floor Framing/Sheeting and Building Layout



    Career Outlook
Current Demand

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This career is currently in high demand.

Future Demand

This career is high growth compared to other careers.

There will be a need for about 21,216 new Carpenters to meet market demand between 2016-2026. This includes the demand due to replacement (workers leaving the occupation or retiring) as well as growth.

(source: Minnesota State CAREERwise Education)

Where Do Carpenters Work?

Carpenters often work in the following industries.

  • Construction of Buildings
  • Specialty Trade Contractors
  • Wood Product Manufacturing
  • Heavy and Civil Engineering Construction
  • Administrative and Support Services
Job Title Examples
Assembler, Construction Worker, Installer, Custom Stair Builder, Finish Carpenter, Lead Carpenter, Trim Carpenter



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Last Updated: March 14, 2018

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