A.A.S. - Occupational Degree

Provides graduates with the essential skills required of an entry level employee in the carpentry industry. Program curriculum is aligned with National Center for Construction Education Research standardized national skills standards for the construction trades.

Program Purpose

Graduates will demonstrate basic knowledge in carpentry that will prepare them to obtain an entry level position within the field and critical thinking skills in AWC’s General Education focus areas.

Learning Outcomes

  • Identify and explain safe use of power tools that are widely used in the construction industry, i.e. drills, saws, grinders, and sanders (NCCER module 00103-09 – Introduction to Hand Tools, subject to revision).
  • Describe equipment, theory, techniques, and related construction standards.
  • Demonstrate ability to use plans and specifications to determine quantities required to prepare a contract bid.
  • Demonstrate the use and care of foundations and framing instruments and tools.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of interior and exterior wall systems including blocking, bracing, and erection for each type of system.
  • Design footing, stem wall, column, and deck form systems.
  • Demonstrate the principals of efficient written and oral communications.

Program Map

Recommended Program Map / Program Requirements

The recommended plan below meets the requirements to complete this program.  For official requirements, visit the AWC Catalog. If the recommended classes listed below don’t fit your schedule or interests, you can take alternate classes. 

To get started on your personalized Academic Plan, visit the Academic Planning page or schedule an appointment to meet with an advisor.

First Semester: Fall

Course Course Title Credits Area
TEC 100 Core Curriculum Introductory Craft Skills 5 Major Requirement
CTM 105 Blueprint Reading for Construction 3 Major Requirement
CTM 123 Building Construction Methods 1 3 Major Requirement

ENG 100


ENG 101 or ENG 107

Introduction to Composition


Freshman Composition 1/GE

GE- Composition
CIS 120 Introduction to Computer Information Systems/GE (recommended) GE- Additional Courses

Second Semester: Spring

Course Course Title Credits Area
CTM 110 Construction Estimating 3 Departmental Requirement
CTM 124 Building Construction Methods 2 3 Major Requirement
ACR 101 Air Conditioning and Refrigeration 1 3 Departmental Requirement
ENG 101 or ENG 107 Freshman Composition 1/GE 3 GE- Composition
ENG 102 Freshman Composition 2/GE    
MAT 105 Mathematics for Applied Sciences or higher level approved math 3 GE- Mathematics

Third Semester: Fall

Course Course Title Credits Area
ECT 105 Basic Electricity 3 Departmental Requirement
DFT 100 AutoCAD 1 - Drafting 3 Departmental Requirement
CTM 224 Concrete and Concrete Form Systems 3 Major Requirement
ENT 100 Introduction to Entrepreneurship 3 Departmental Requirement
PSY 101 Introduction to Psychology/GE (recommended) 3 GE- Social and Behavioral Science

Fourth Semester: Spring

Course Course Title Credits Area
CTM 230 Construction Management Field Operations 3 Departmental Requirement
WLD 106 Techniques in Shielded Metal Arc 3 Departmental Requirement
TEC 165 Employee and Occupational Safety 3 Departmental Requirement
PHI 105 Ethics/GE (recommended) 3 GE- Humanities
ENV 101 Environmental Sceince/GE (recommended) 4 GE- Physical and Biological Science
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