Building Trades - Carpentry
28-credit Technical Diploma
Program Code 31-475-1
Carpenters complete jobs large and small – from building highways to installing cabinetry. In this program, become proficient at using power tools, hand tools and other equipment, and work with lumber, fasteners and hardware. Develop skills for framing, roofing and exterior/interior finish work, and study blueprint reading, math and estimating.
How Long It Will Take
Depending on course load, full-time students could complete this program in one year.
You can begin this program in the fall semester.
How This Program Is Offered
This is offered on campus in a traditional classroom/lab setting during the day.
What Makes This Program Unique
- Take advantage of learning opportunities through off-campus projects involving new interior and exterior construction as well as demolition.
- Gain hands-on experience constructing community-based, service-learning projects.
- You can earn the OSHA 10 for Construction Certification to further your awareness of safety on the job site.
For the courses you’ll take, semester sequence, pathways and course descriptions, view the program catalog page.
You may have the opportunity to obtain credit for the college-level skills and knowledge you've already acquired. Learn more about credit for prior learning.
How To Apply
- Apply online and pay the $30 application fee.
- Submit official high school transcript.
Deadlines To Know*
Fall 2020 Start
- Submit application by August 3, 2020
- Complete checklist items by August 10, 2020
Spring 2021 Start
- This program cannot be started in spring.
* Application deadlines are subject to change based on program demand.
Financial Aid Eligibility
As a program student, you are eligible to receive:
- Financial aid loans
- Other forms of assistance
Learn more about financial aid.
The cost of your degree depends on a number of factors, including where you live, how your program is delivered, how long it takes to finish your program and the financial aid you receive.
Learn more about tuition and fees.
$31,000 – $59,000 annually
Salary range estimates based on wages for related occupations in Waukesha County as reported by Economic Modeling Specialists International (EMSI). Individual wages may vary based on experience, industry, location and specific job requirements.
Check the WCTC Graduate Success Report to view our graduates’ entry wages.
If you’re a mechanically and math-minded critical thinker who likes doing hands-on physical work, consider exploring a career in the building trades. Carpenters frequently use logic and reasoning when it comes to completing projects, and an interest in working with your hands paired with solid math skills are key for a career in carpentry.
- Construction Laborer
- Rough Carpenter
- Finish Carpenter
- General Carpenter
Whether you're a high school student interested in earning college credits or a college student interested in transferring to a four-year university after graduation, our dual-enrollment and transfer-credit agreements will help you take the next step in your education and career.
High School Dual Credits
Dual enrollment offers high school juniors and seniors an opportunity to get a head start in high-demand fields through earning college credits. Learn about the credit options.
Transfer Opportunities After WCTC
WCTC has credit transfer agreements with many four-year institutions that allow our degree graduates to transfer credits into a baccalaureate program, often at junior-level standing.
- Contact the school to which you'd like to transfer to make sure you understand its transfer policy.
- Talk to your WCTC program advisor about your intent to transfer so he/she can help you plan.
- If you're transferring within the University of Wisconsin (UW) System, contact your desired institution about its transfer policy and visit the UW System's transfer resource page.