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Construction Technology - Carpentry

Certificate of Applied Science Degree

NOTE: This program is in moratorium and will not be accepting new students.

The Carpentry Program provides the opportunity to learn valuable skills in the construction trades. These skills prepare the student for an entry-level job in the construction trade, giving them an advantage over unskilled labor. Students learn in three different environments: the classroom, where information is conveyed; a lab environment, where skills are practiced; and on “real world” projects, which include a site-built residential home. Students are evaluated by written test, performance test, and demonstration of employability skills. The carpentry cohort learns specific carpentry skills in a module format.

To be accepted into this program, students must have a qualifying placement assessment score or have completed M 065 within the last 3 years.

Students entering the program should have good manual dexterity skills, be in good physical condition, like to work outdoors in changing weather conditions, and be comfortable working at varying heights. Students are also required to provide their own basic hand tools and framing style tool belts. A “kit” with all of these items is available to purchase in the bookstore at the beginning of the fall semester. A list of these tools can be provided by the Program Director upon request.

Graduates are prepared to:

  • Communicate effectively in a construction site environment.
  • Demonstrate a working knowledge of construction materials.
  • Demonstrate a working knowledge of construction site safety and hand and power tools safety that is reinforced with an OSHA 10 Certification.
  • Perform entry-level carpentry skills involved in rough framing. Rough framing includes floors, walls, trusses, vaulted roofs, and dormers.
  • Perform entry-level carpentry skills involved in exterior finishes.
  • Perform entry-level carpentry skills involved in the installation of insulation and moisture barriers.
  • Perform entry-level carpentry skills involved in metal stud construction.
  • Perform entry-level carpentry skills involved in basic stair construction.
  • Perform entry-level carpentry skills involved in the installation of exterior doors and windows.
  • Demonstrate a basic knowledge in concrete and site layout protocol.
  • Estimate materials necessary in the completion of the phases of construction being taught.
  • Perform entry-level interior finish carpentry skills, which include cabinet installation, counter top installation, molding applications, interior door installation, and simple cabinet construction.

Estimated Resident Program Cost*

Tuition and Fees $3,190
Application Fee $30
Program Fee $400
Book/Supplies $416
Total $4,036


Fall 2017 MUS Student Health Insurance Premiums will be changing. Please check the Health Insurance website and/or Student Central for confirmed premium rates. Students will be charged an additional fee of $21 per credit for online/hybrid courses.

Many students need preliminary math and writing courses before enrolling in the program requirements. These courses may increase the total number of program credits. Students should review their math and writing placement before planning out their full program schedules.

GFC MSU Additional Graduation Requirement

First Year
CSTN 110 Construction Technology 1 + 12
M 191A Special Topics: Math for Carp ** 3

First Year
CSTN 210 Construction Technology 2 *,+ 13
COMX 102 Interprsnl Skills in Workplace + 1
WRIT 104 Workplace Communications + 2
Total Credits31


Indicates prerequisites needed.


Placement in course(s) is determined by placement assessment.


A grade of C- or above is required for graduation.