Students must be currently working in a registered apprenticeship program in conjunction with the U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Apprenticeship and Training. A four-year apprenticeship emphasizes the skill set required to be a highly skilled craftsman. Carpentry is the art and trade of cutting, working, and joining timber. Carpenters work with both structural materials in framing, as well as items such as doors, windows, and staircases. The apprenticeship certificate recognizes student attaining journey level status at the completion of the technical studies. Apprentices may apply technical studies together with general education coursework toward the Associate of Applied Science degree with a concentration in Carpentry.

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This degree program contains one or more embedded certificates which will be automatically awarded when the certificate requirements are completed. If you do not want to receive the embedded certificate(s), please notify the Office of the Registrar at RegistrarOffice@tri-c.edu.

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Program Admission Requirements

  • High School Diploma/GED
  • Intent-to-hire agreement with participating contractor

Other Information

  • Participant must be working in an apprenticeship in conjunction with the U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Apprenticeship and Training.

Program Learning Outcomes

This program is designed to prepare students to demonstrate the following learning outcomes:

  1. Communicate verbally, nonverbally and in writing with the construction team that includes members of other trades, contractor and government agencies.
  2. Work independently and in a team environment to accomplish the job in a timely and professional manner.
  3.  Recognize, analyze and apply critical thinking to resolve issues as they arise, minimize waste and improve productivity.
  4. Use appropriate personal protective equipment and fall protection to ensure a safe and environmentally sensitive work environment in accordance with OSHA and other federal, state, local and contractor’s standards and policies.
  5. Exhibit pride of craftsmanship, reliability, commitment to the organization and take opportunities to upgrade skills.
  6. Apply basic math concepts and operations and blueprint reading to accurately determine layout in order to fabricate and install various construction tasks that minimize waste.
  7. Be certified in OSHA, CPR/First Aid, Scaffold, fall protection and MSDS.
  8. Fabricate and install interior/exterior walls, stairs, doors, windows, roof components, flooring and exterior finish in order to build a residential home that meets customer specifications.
  9. Fabricate, install and disassemble various concrete forms, frames and systems using appropriate crane and rigging hardware for bridges and commercial building according to customer specifications.
  10. Fabricate walls, stairs, ceiling grids and install studs, drywall, ceilings, door, and windows to meet a commercial client’s specifications.

Suggested Semester Sequence

Plan of Study Grid
First SemesterCredit Hours
ATCT-1301 Introduction to Carpentry 2
ATCT-1320 Introduction to Hand and Power Tools 2
ATCT-1351 Metal Studs and Dry Walls 2
ATCT-1381 Wood Framing 2
CNST-1281 Construction Engineering Orientation 3
MATH-1xxx 1000-level MATH course or higher3
Select one of the following: 3
College Composition I  
Honors College Composition I  
 Credit Hours17
Second Semester
ATCT-1310 Carpentry Safety 2
ATCT-1331 Concrete Footers and Walls 2
ATCT-1370 Layout 2
ATCT-2361 Suspended Ceilings 2
ATCT-xxxx Any ATCT elective course2
Communication requirement 3
Select one of the following: 3
Introduction to Microcomputer Applications  
Honors Introduction to Microcomputer Applications  
 Credit Hours16
Third Semester
ATCT-1491 Residential Steel Framing 2
ATCT-1610 Interior Finish 2
ATCT-2341 Concrete Specialities 2
ATCT-2370 Interior Systems Layout 2
CNST-1731 Construction Print Reading 3
Arts & Humanities requirement 3
Social & Behavioral Science requirement 3
 Credit Hours17
Fourth Semester
AIT-2990 Contracting in a Diverse World 3
ATCT-1390 Welding for Carpentry 2
ATCT-2560 Interior Systems III 2
CNST-1510 Green Building & Sustainability I 3
CNST-2130 Construction Methods, Materials, and Equipment 3
 Credit Hours13
 Total Credit Hours63

Recommended ATCT Electives

ATCT-1710Stairs Layout2
ATCT-2330Trade Show2
ATCT-2500Exterior Finish2
ATCT-2511Concrete Columns and Decks2
ATCT-2520Stairs Installation2
ATCT-2540Roof Framing III2