There is a huge demand for carpenters in the construction industry, especially as older carpenters retire. Little has been done to attract new recruits to the construction trades, leaving a gap in the industry. Yet, carpentry is one of the easiest and most rewarding trade if you are detail-oriented, creative, and physically fit. As a carpenter, you would use hand and power tools to install floors, walls, and floors, assemble frames for buildings and bridges, and build cupboards, staircases, and window frames. You might work in residential or commercial settings. There are two primary routes that you might take to become a carpenter. The first is to complete a formal carpentry program at a vocational school or community college. These are offered based on demand. The next option is through an apprenticeship program where you will learn on the job under the guidance of a mentor. Apprenticeship may or may not include a minimal compensation but will give you the opportunity to learn much, especially if you’re a hands-on learner.
Dallas College Northlake
The Construction Technology program at Dallas College includes a module for carpentry. All modules include a lecture and hands-on lab component for students to obtain knowledge and technical skills required for immediate employment. Students will participate in cooperative classes with industry employers to gain real-world experience. Course offerings include construction management, construction technology, masonry, plumbing, and commercial heating and air conditioning. The program is offered as a certificate or associate degree – depending on students’ choice. It also includes credit and non-credit courses. Evening and weekend schedules are also available.
Construction Technology – AAS
Duration: 4 semesters
Semester credit hours: 60
- Apply for enrollment at Dallas College
- Attend a pre-advising session with an enrollment representative
- Must meet with TSI requirements
- Attend an information session
- Register and pay for classes
- Applicants under 18 years of age
- Must provide documentation of high school graduation or equivalent
- Must be a US citizen or eligible non-citizen
- Must have a valid social security number and state photo ID
Tuition costs $948 per semester for in-district students. Additional costs for books, fees, and supplies must be covered by the student.
- Website: https://www.dallascollege.edu/pages/default.aspx
- Address: 3737 Motley Drive, Mesquite TX 75150
- Phone: 972-860-7100