The carpentry program is part of the Building Construction Cluster of programs. This program is designed to prepare students for entry-level positions as carpenters building residential homes and commercial/industrial buildings.

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Focus in the first year of the program is theory as it relates to safety, tools and equipment that are used by a carpenter, related mathematics, rule reading, and hand tool/portable power tool projects.

In the second year of the program, students learn about footings and foundations, floor systems, and wall framing. Reading blueprints, studying specifications, and learning about the building code are additional coursework.

In the third year of the program, students learn to layout buildings and determine grade using different layout devices, rafter layout/roof framing, stair layout, and interior and exterior finishing. Estimating, purchasing, and time management procedures are also included.

Mathematics play an important role in all phases of the construction industry.

Students are expected to:

  • Become proficient at math and measurement skills
  • Be self-motivated to work independently
  • Be able to work cooperatively in teams
  • Be physically able to lift heavy materials

For information on this occupation’s description, required knowledge, job tasks and related job titles, state/national wages and employment trends, visit the U.S. Dept. of Labor’s site for this career field.

Program Accreditation

Student Testimonial:
Carpentry / Construction


GACTC graduates can get a jump start on post-secondary education by taking advantage of the various articulation and/or dual enrollment opportunities. Review the college credit opportunities for the Carpentry/Construction program.


  • OSHA 10
  • PA Builders Association Skills Certificate

Eric Werner

Carpentry / Construction Instructor