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Career Opportunities

Career opportunities exist with independent home builders, commercial contractors, lumber yards, furniture manufacturers, and cabinet making shops. Graduates typically start out as entry-level carpenters. With further education and work experience, they can become journeymen carpenters, foremen, or start their own business.

Mentorship Program

In partnership with Rochester Area Builders, each student enrolled in Construction Trades I or II will have the opportunity to be paired with a construction industry professional. Students will connect with their mentor electronically and in person to learn about the construction industry from the experience of a professional, including the path to his/her career.

Courses Offered:

Introduction to Construction Trades

A foundational course in the basics of home construction, blueprint reading, tool safety, and structures.

Construction Trades I

Students focus on building a structure through the basics of concrete and blocking, framing, exterior finishes, footing, foundation, and carpentry.

Construction Trades II 

This course focuses on the details of finishing a structure. Students build skills in sheet metal, plumbing, electrical, interior finishes, drywalling, and flooring.


RCTC’s Carpentry Major is a 32 credit diploma program that can be completed in as little as one year. For more information, contact your school counselor.