Academic Programs

Carpentry, A.A.S.


Locations:  Pipestone.

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Minnesota West’s two-year Carpentry A.A.S. Degree or Diploma prepares you for a career as a carpenter in residential and commercial construction. In this program you will also study the concept of green building.  Green building is a growing trend among home builders nationwide and incorporates a whole building design approach into every phase of the building process, including design, construction, energy, water efficiency, lot development, resource efficient building design to enhance the well-being of occupants, and to minimize negative impacts on the community and natural environment.

Students interested in this program should like to work outdoors, have an interest in doing hands-on work with common building materials, possess good problem solving skills, have strong math skills, and have a healthy work ethic. Most importantly, students should have the desire to learn and expand their knowledge of the construction industry.

Fall - Year 1
Tool Safety, Construction Terms & Materials 2
Floor and Wall Framing 4
Roof Framing 2
Exterior Finishing Wall & Roof Covering 2
Building Science 2
MATH 1107  Concepts in Math or MATH 1111 College Algebra 3.
Credits Fall - Year 1 15
Spring - Year 1
Interior Finish I 4
Blueprint Reading, Estimating and Project Planning 4
Construction Drafting and Design 2
English Composition 3
Credits Spring - Year 1 13
Fall - Year 2
Framing II 4
Advanced Concrete Technology 5
Exterior Finish & Shingling 4
Issues in the Environment 3
Credits Fall - Year 2 16
Spring - Year 2
Interior finish II 3
Cabinetmaking 5
Construction Business Management 2
Introduction to Economics 3
Credits Spring - Year 2 13
General Education 3


Updated: si 5/2/11