• Learn Real World Skills in the Carprentry Program


    Employment of carpenters is projected to grow 2 percent from 2020 to 2030.
    Increased levels of new homebuilding and remodeling activity will require more carpenters.
    The median pay for a carpenter in 2020 was $49,520 per year or $23.81 per hour.
    Students that enter the Carpenters Union earn approximately $75,000 per year
    if 40 weeks of work are obtained.

    (Source: United States Bureau of Labor Statistics)


    Students in the Carpentry Program learn the fundamental skills to gain employment in the millwork and construction industries. Course work is both skill and project based. Classes are held indoors and outdoors in all parts of the school year to prepare students for work in real world conditions. Students in their 4th year will have the opportunity to gain real world employment for credit as well as to learn to manage a job site and to mentor younger students.

      Three carpentry students working on project  


    Carpentry student cutting wood

    Year 1
    Introduction: Safety, Carpentry Tools,
    Basic Masonry and Basic Cabinetry

    Year 2
    Foundations: Small Exterior Structures,
    Interior Walls, Drywall, Windows, Doors, Roofing

    Year 3
    Advanced Concepts:
    Student Developed Projects,
    Advanced Tools,
    Advanced Materials, Advanced Masonry

    Year 4
    Advanced Concepts II:

    Career Employment Experience
    and/or In Class Mentoring
    & Leadership Training

    Classes meet for 3 periods/2 hours per day, 5 days a week

    Average number of new students accepted per year: 6

    Opportunity for professional certifications: YES

    Opportunity to earn college credits: NO

    Hard Work and a Good Attitude = Success

    Carpentry students on scaffolding building a house

    Carpentry students with hammer at construction site

    Future Careers

    Residential or Union Carpenter
    Construction Worker
    Home Builder
    Industry Sales Representative
    Wood Worker

     Carpentry Student Plans at Graduation Graph



    Recent Student

    Union Training School
    Princeton University Carpentry Dept.
    Ramapo College of New Jersey
    Raritan Valley Community College
    Rutgers University
    Triangle Technical Institute
    US Marines
    US Navy







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    Somerset County Vocational & Technical Schools                908-526-8900                          2021-22