Carpentry - What You'll Learn

The Carpentry program at Seattle Central College prepares you to enter the residential construction industry. You will learn skills in blueprint reading, construction math, building site layout, foundation systems, concrete, framing as well as exterior and interior finish carpentry. The program gives you opportunities to learn these skills by doing projects individually and in small groups. The curriculum, developed with input from industry leaders and experienced faculty, will prepare you well for employment in living-wage building jobs.

Associate of Applied Science (AAS) Degree

While earning an associate degree in Carpentry, students will:

  1. Work safely on a construction site.
  2. Demonstrate an understanding of the work ethic to be a successful residential carpenter.
  3. Communicate and understand the interpersonal relationships among co-workers and with customers.
  4. Demonstrate the ability to recognize a problem, develop strategies to overcome the problem and keep a project on track.
  5. Demonstrate the ability to think like a trades person to balance craftsmanship and economics to produce an acceptable product.
  6. Develop basic knowledge and skills to become employed as an entry-level residential carpenter or apprentice in the construction industry or a related field.
  7. Demonstrate an enhanced understanding of the relationship of carpentry, cabinetmaking and marine carpentry and/or the business aspects of carpentry.

Learn more about course planning for the Carpentry degree.