Building Trades - Carpentry

Building Trades - Carpentry

Degree Type

27-credit Technical Diploma

Program Code


Time to Degree

1 year

Start Date


How You'll Learn

On Campus

8-Week Courses


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.

Deadlines To Know*

Fall 2024 Start

  • Application Opens: September 1, 2023
  • Application Deadline: August 5, 2024

Spring 2024 Start

  • This program cannot be started in spring.

Summer 2024 Start

  • This program cannot be started in summer.

* Submit all checklist items by the application deadline. Apply early; deadlines are subject to change based on program demand.

Tuition Costs

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. Explore current tuition and fees.

Additional Estimated Costs

  • Access to any computer
  • Safety equipment (shoes/glasses): $100
  • Required carpentry tools: $300

How To Apply

Questions on the application process? Visit the Admissions page or contact an Enrollment Counselor.


Program Details

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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
  • Remodeler

This program is open to qualified high school applicants. Learn more >

$32,500 – $46,700 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.

As a program student, you are eligible to receive:

  • Financial aid loans
  • Scholarships
  • Other forms of assistance

Learn more about financial aid.

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.

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