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The Carpentry/Cabinetmaking Program is based upon the National Center for Construction, Education, and Research (NCCER) curriculum. The program is designed to provide the skills, knowledge and quality workmanship necessary to become a successful carpenter or cabinetmaker. Students gain hands-on experience in drafting blueprints, designing cabinetry products, framing, roofing and interior/exterior finishing. Students apply those skills to construct project homes on the Beloit and Hays campuses. Upon successful completion of the one-year program, students receive a Carpentry/Cabinetmaking Certificate.

Beloit Carpentry House Information

Hays Carpentry House Information

Program Outcomes

  • Sketch diagrams of building projects and manipulate them into working drawings.
  • Demonstrate proper use of drafting tools and equipment to produce working drawings.
  • Lay out building lines for footings and foundations. Setting batter boards and demonstrate correct use of leveling instruments.
  • Construct floor, wall and roof systems.  Apply framing square techniques for rafter and stair applications.
  • Complete exterior wall and finishes including doors, windows and trim.
  • Acquaint self with estimating of building materials and labor costs.
  • Establish a working estimate of materials and labor from a working drawing or blueprint.
  • Estimate and install wall and ceiling insulation on an existing structure.
  • Hang, tape, and finish drywall on walls and ceilings.  Complete interior finish process by painting, texturing and installing doors and trim.
  • Develop a plan for designing and creating working drawings for cabinetry to complete interior finish process.
  • Demonstrate proper and safe use of portable and stationary power tools.
  • Exhibit construction methods used in the cabinet industry.

Required Courses

First Semester

Course Code Course Name Credits
OSHA-110 OSHA Training 1
CC-101 Basic Drafting 1
CC-106 Introductory Craft Skills 3
CC-107A Carpentry Basics 2
CC-108 Floors, Walls & Ceiling Framing 4
CC-109 Roof Framing 3
SS-102 Tech Connect 0

Second Semester

Course Code Course Name Credits
CC-105 Cabinetmaking 4
CC-107B Carpentry Basics 2
CC-110 Windows, Doors & Stairs 3
CC-111 Interior Finish 3
CC-112 Exterior Finish 1

General Education Course Requirements

Course Code Course Name Credits
CIS-100 Computer Applications T▸ 3
MA-102 Essential Math T▸ 3
SS-100 General Psychology T▸ 3
Total Required Hours

T▸ - Course eligible for transfer to a state university.

Additional Notes:

Optional:  The Carpentry/Cabinetmaking program can be combined with other construction trade programs (Heavy Equipment Operation or Plumbing Heating and Air-Conditioning) to achieve an Associate of Applied Science degree in Building Construction Technology. *Note additional General Education courses required.

Post Graduate Jobs

Job Title Annual Salary
Project Managers Metal Building Co. $40,000
Cabinet Shops $15
Residential Framing Crew $18
General Contractor $60,000
Laborer Forman and Lead Carpenters $22

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Transfer Options

This program offers a seamless transition to Fort Hays State University for the following degrees:
Technology Studies with Manufacturing Technology Concentration (B.S.)

This Program is available in Beloit
and Hays

Department Chair

Beloit: Mike Cheney

Hays: Ethan Kriley

Program Instructors

Jan Klaus