Building Trades - Carpentry student

Building Trades - Carpentry

28-credit Technical Diploma

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Carpenters are involved in many different kinds of construction, from the building of highways and bridges to the installation of kitchen cabinets. With an emphasis in carpentry, prepare for a career in the building trades through a blend of classroom theory and hands-on experience. Become adept at using hand tools, portable power tools and other equipment common in the carpentry profession as well as working with lumber, panel products, roofing materials, fasteners and a variety of hardware. Develop the skills needed for rough framing, roof framing, and exterior and interior finish work. In addition, study blueprint reading, math and estimating.

  • Prepare for jobs such as entry-level rough carpenter, finish carpenter, general carpenter or remodeler.
  • Earn OSHA 10 Certification to further understanding of improving safety on the job site.
  • Participate in off-campus projects and service learning opportunities involving demolition as well as new interior and exterior construction.
  • Wages of recent graduates per Graduate Follow-up Report
    • Three-year Avg. Salary for Full-time Related Employment: $28,907

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Program Code 31-475-1

Required Courses

First Semester
 Course NumCourse NameCredits
 475-301 Building Trades/Introduction2  
 475-310 Construction Blueprint Reading2  
 475-316 Carpentry Theory 12  
 475-317 Carpentry Lab 15  
 475-312 Construction Computer Skills1 *
 804-301 Applied Math2  
Total Semester Credits
Second Semester
 Course NumCourse NameCredits
 475-318 Carpentry Theory 22  
 475-319 Carpentry Lab 25  
 475-321 Estimating and Planning2  
 475-350 Interior Finish3  
 801-311 Communication in the Workplace2  
Total Semester Credits
+ (Proficiency Exam Available)
* (Prerequisites or substitutes may apply to this class.)

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Block Schedules for Fall 2018

Credit Transfer Opportunities

WCTC has agreements with local high schools and various four-year colleges and universities that enable students to transition more seamlessly from high school to WCTC to four-year colleges. Transcripted credit agreements provide high school students the opportunity to take WCTC courses at their high schools. Agreements with four-year colleges enable WCTC graduates in selected programs to transfer credits, often at junior-level standing. Agreements currently in place for this program are listed below.

There are no credit transfer agreements for this program at this time. For more information, contact your academic advisor.

UW-System Credit Transfer

If you are interested in attending a UW-campus, you should contact a transfer representative at the campus you plan to attend. You may also check credit transfer agreements between WCTC and the UW System to tell you which specific courses and general education classes may be accepted.

Important Cautionary Note:
This information is intended as a general description. Please verify the availability and details of the program that interests you with the transfer coordinator at the receiving institution.

Meet your Instructor

Program instructor, Daniel Erdman

Daniel Erdman

Phone: 262.695.6231


  • BS, University of Wisconsin-Stout


  • Journeyworker - Carpenter