Carpentry & Cabinetmaking and Millwork


What You Will Be Able To Do:

  • Perform basics of rough and finished carpentry
  • Install doors and windows
  • Read blueprints and understand layout procedures
  • Operate hand and power tools
  • Frame floors, walls, ceilings, and roofs
  • Install exterior siding
  • Install roofing material
  • Perform detailed finishing procedures

This program is designed to provide students with the fundamental knowledge and skills for this area of the construction industry. Emphasis is placed on job safety, use of hand and power tools, building materials, fasteners, adhesives, and flooring systems. Carpentry students should have a solid background in math, measurement, and general science skills.  Good communication skills and the ability to follow directions are important in this field.

Earning Potential:  Carpenters are usually paid from about $11 to $32 an hour. Full-time work ranges from $23,000 to $66,000 a year. The lowest wages are earned by apprentices or helpers, who earn about half the wage of fully-qualified carpenters. The median hourly wage for all carpenters is about $18, which translates to about $38,000 a year.

The Academic Connection:  There are a number of different ways to enter the carpentry trade. Some pick up skills informally by working under the supervision of experienced carpenters. Others acquire skills by taking courses at vocational schools or 2-year colleges. A third option is to participate in employer training programs or apprenticeships. Most employers recommend an apprenticeship as the best way to learn carpentry. These programs combine on-the-job training with related classroom instruction. Many students pursue a four-year degree in Building Science.

Carpentry/Cabinetmaking classes available at DTC:

  • Carpentry I & II
  • Construction Framing
  • Cabinetmaking I & II
  • Carpentry for Residential Interiors