Construction: Carpentry Specialty
Give us 20 weeks and we’ll help you change your life! As one of the premier carpentry vocational schools in Minnesota, our carpentry course has helped hundreds of graduates launch rewarding careers in construction at some of the most innovative companies in Minnesota.
Unlike online carpentry schools or courses, our hands-on construction carpentry program builds your skills in today’s most relevant carpenter techniques and practices. Our carpentry program teaches you the necessary skills to take on the exciting challenges of a career in construction. This hands-on training is designed to teach students about basic tools, building and designing schematics, blueprint reading and other industry practices. The relationships formed with your fellow students, instructors, and guest speakers provide you an invaluable network of passionate, diverse construction allies to call upon throughout your career. Explore this page to learn more about our carpentry training.
“This the first time in my life that I go to work every day with a smile on my face.”
— Summit Graduate
“Summit Academy changed my life! I am living proof!“
— Summit Graduate
“This carpentry training program changed my life.”
— Summit Carpentry Program Graduate
“Seeing students actually finish. That is what Summit is all about… changing lives.”
— Summit Staff
What does a Carpenter do?
Careers in Carpentry are plentiful! Carpenters are skilled craftsmen and women who work in the construction industry fabricating primarily wood or metal constructions. Their jobs include working on the interior and exterior finishing of a site, from the entire framework of a building to ornate woodwork on stairs and trim work. Some carpenters work in commercial buildings or prefabricate cabinets and other structures in shops or factories while others work on construction sites, cutting, joining, and installing structural elements. Carpenters have the option to work for a construction company or work as independent contractors, and often work on a wide range of projects.
The construction course is 20 weeks and consists of two phases
Tuition is 100% covered
Program starts every 10 weeks
Class schedule is Mon-Fri 8:30 a.m.-2:50 p.m.
Carpenter Essential Duties
- Follow blueprints and building plans to meet the needs of clients
- Install structures and fixtures, such as windows and molding
- Measure, cut, or shape wood, metal, and other materials
- Construct building frameworks, including walls, floors, and door frames
- Help erect, level, and install building framework with the aid of rigging hardware and cranes
- Inspect and replace damaged framework or other structures and fixtures
- Instruct and direct laborers and other construction helpers
- Blueprint Reading
- OSHA-10 Safety
- Hand and Power tools
- Construction Mathematics
- Building Materials
- Wall/Floor/Stud framing
- Concrete Framework
- Finish Carpentry
- Commercial Construction
- Project Management
- Sheet Rocking
Tuition to Change Your Future
You will have NO OUT-OF-POCKET expenses to cover tuition and no extra fees to pay.
Our financial aid office is committed to administering gift aid to ensure that your tuition is covered at NO OUT-OF-POCKET expense to you. As an institution, we do not participate in Federal and State Student Loan programs, so there are NO LOANS TO PAY BACK.
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Program Curriculum & Schedule
Weeks 1-10 is a chance for you to start learning the basics of carpentry. This starts with OSHA safety training, and then moves on to math principles, blueprint reading and basic power tools like circular and saber saws. We’ll discuss everyday carpentry examples to understand how all these components impact the building process. While you’re getting a high-level view of the processes and complexities of carpentry, you’ll also get a chance to learn about some of the building blocks of the industry.
The first 10 weeks ensures that students will have a solid foundation in construction math and basic blueprint reading. Students will be able to identify the most important hand and power tools and learn how to use them safely.
- Understand the foundational principles of construction
- Gain entry-level skills with hand and power tools
- Gain confidence with personal development classes
- OSHA safety
- Building materials
- Blueprint reading
- Construction mathematics
- Hand and power tools
DEVELOPING YOUR SKILLS
Weeks 11-20 is where we build on the foundations you learned in Phase 1. You’ve got the skills and now we put them to the test! This part of the program is designed to challenge students with a higher degree of difficulty in carpentry execution. You’ll work in pairs and small teams on residential and commercial framing systems. You’ll gain practical experience with the entire framing process, from problem-solving to evaluating, refinement, and execution.
By the end of week 20 you will have gained a deeper understanding of carpentry and begin to see the challenges you are likely to encounter when working on a jobsite.
- Learn framing
- Gain familiarity with concrete formwork
- Construction safety
- Hands-on installation
- Framing systems
- Finish carpentry
- Metal studs