Carpentry (Residential)

LIMITED ENROLLMENT
Delivery method: On campus
Program begins: Fall 
                              Spring (if seats are available)

Program Description

Students in the BSC Carpentry program learn a wide variety of residential carpentry skills by building a single-family home in Bismarck. Study involves the safe and proper use and care of hand tools and power equipment. Students learn methods and principles of building construction, construction math, blueprint reading, sustainable/green building, energy efficient building, materials, cabinetry, drywall and more. Carpentry is a limited enrollment, nine-month program that prepares students for entry-level jobs.

Preparation

Carpentry is well suited to those who enjoy working outdoors and with their hands. Pride in workmanship and safe, dependable work habits are important for success. Background in these areas is helpful: building trade courses, basic math, basic residential drafting and blue print drawing.

Program Requirements

Students who complete the curriculum requirements earn a Program Certificate (36 credits). Additional coursework may lead to a Diploma (60 credits) or Associate in Applied Science degree (60 credits).

Required program entrance scores:

  • ACCUPLACER:  Math - 40 (elementary algebra), Reading - 60
  • ACT:  Math – 15, Reading – 14
  • COMPASS:  Math – 33 (pre-algebra), Reading – 69

Special Costs

A $100 deposit, required upon acceptance into the program, is applied toward tuition. Fee is non-refundable if you decide not to attend BSC. A tool set, toolbox and books are required the first week of school.

Career Opportunities

Graduates can apply for membership in apprentice training programs to complete journeyman carpentry requirements or enter the workforce. Typical employment is found as rough and finish carpenters, cabinet-makers, lumberyard workers, finishers within the construction industry, or self-employment. Carpenters may advance to carpentry supervisor or general construction supervisor positions.

Additional Information

The BSC Carpentry program has met industry standards for craft training by achieving accreditation through the National Center for Construction Education and Research as an Accredited Training and Education Facility. The accreditation has endorsements from the North Dakota Department of Career and Technical Education and the North Dakota Associated General Contractors.

Industry Technical Standards

Awareness of these technical standards may help students determine suitability for this career.

  • Must have the ability to perform close accurate work, communicate effectively with others, present information in a clear concise manner, and follow verbal and written instructions.
  • Requires good hand and finger dexterity.
  • Requires continuous walking, frequent standing, bending, stooping, climbing ladders and stairs, kneeling, lifting and carrying up to 50 pounds, and carrying long or oversized loads.
  • Frequently requires working over your head.
  • Requires continuous use of hand and power tools.
  • Frequently exposed to noise, dirt, dust, fumes, extreme heat and cold and vibration.

Contact

Earl Torgerson • Tech Center 251
701-224-5561

Earl.Torgerson@bismarckstate.edu

CARP 102. Core Curriculum

Credits: 2
Typically Offered: FALL
Core Curriculum from the National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER), consists of eight modules which are Basic Safety; Construction Math; Hand Tools; Power Tools; Blueprints; Basic Rigging; Communication Skills; and Employabliity Skills. This course is a prerequisite for all NCCER Craft Level Training, (regardless of the craft).

CARP 110. Blueprint Reading

Credits: 2
Typically Offered: FALL
This course provides the basic understanding of standard residential blueprints including plot plans, foundation plans, floor plans, elevations, details of mechanical and electrical plans, and a basic understanding of residential building codes.

CARP 112. Introduction to the Green Environment

Credits: 3
Typically Offered: FALL
This course introduces students to an understanding of the green mind-set. Discussions cover the impact of building on the green environment within the context of market realities.

CARP 115. Site Layout and Foundation Construction

Credits: 3
Typically Offered: FALL
Students will receive training and hands-on experience in preparation of a building site and foundation construction. Instruction will include laying out building lines, establishing batter boards, concrete footings and foundations, and studying alternate foundation systems.

CARP 120. Principles of Framing

Credits: 3
Typically Offered: FALL
This is a comprehensive course which concerns instruction and study on the techniques and practices required for successful employment as a framing carpenter. Areas covered will include layout of floors and walls, engineering truss systems, joist and rafter systems, and stairway construction.

CARP 125. Framing I

Credits: 6
Typically Offered: FALL
This lab will increase the student's knowledge, skills, and proficiency in framing by applying the techniques learned in CARP 120. Activities will center around the actual construction of a house.

CARP 130. Exterior Finish

Credits: 2
Typically Offered: FALL
This course deals with the basics of residential exterior finish. Instruction will include units on fascia and soffit construction, windows and exterior door installation, and siding and roofing.

CARP 135. Framing II

Credits: 4
Typically Offered: SPRING
This course is designed to increase students knowledge and skill in residential construction. Activities will center around specialty exterior and interior framing during the construction of an actual house.

CARP 140. Principles of Interior Finish

Credits: 3
Typically Offered: SPRING
This course provides an understanding of materials and processes used in interior finishing. Instruction will include units in drywall, interior doors, interior trim, floor underlayment and applying finishes.

CARP 145. Interior Finish

Credits: 6
Typically Offered: SPRING
This lab will increase the student's knowledge, skills and proficiency in interior finishing by applying techniques learned in CARP 140. Activities will center around the construction of an actual house.

CARP 150. Cabinetmaking

Credits: 3
Typically Offered: SPRING
Instruction in the design and layout of kitchens, cabinets, vanities, countertops, and built-in closets. Students will increase their knowledge, skill, and proficiency through actual construction of cabinets.

CARP 155. House Design and Code Requirements

Credits: 2
Typically Offered: SPRING
Students will study home design and code requirements. Interior, exterior and environmental factors affecting the design of homes will be considered and explored.

CARP 192. Experimental Course

Credits: 1-3
Typically Offered: ONDEMAND
An experimental course is one that is being tested to determine its suitability for inclusion in the course catalog. Testing may continue for two semesters, after which the course should be discontinued or approved through the established college procedures, assigned a permanent course number and title, and included in the master catalog.

CARP 194. Independent Study

Credits: 1-3
Typically Offered: ONDEMAND
An independent study course is one designed jointly by the student and faculty member to address an advanced topic of particular interest to the student and in the instructor's field of expertise. The course, when developed, must be approved by the department chair as being relevant to the discipline and of sufficient rigor for the credits to be awarded.

CARP 195. Service Learning

Credits: 1
Repeat Status: Repeatable up to 6.00 credits.
Typically Offered: ONDEMAND
Designed to increase off-campus community involvement and awareness of civic responsibility, Service Learning gives students the opportunity to earn up to six semester hours of college credit while pursuing volunteer activities that have positive impact in the community. Some examples of activities that may serve as vehicles for Service Learning include: volunteer work at non-profit organizations (e.g., Kiwanis, Lions, etc.); serving as unpaid interns in local and state government; and organizing and participating in activities that are beneficial to the community as a whole (e.g. spring clean-up drives, neighborhood watch programs, meals-on-wheels, etc.). Students interested in Service Learning should discuss options with their academic advisors and/or faculty in areas related to the proposed activity.

CARP 196. Study Tour

Credits: 1-3
Typically Offered: ONDEMAND
Study Tour courses provide students with unique learning opportunities in locations, either foreign or domestic. These learning opportunities should be directly related to the academic field of study under which credits are to be awarded. Some students may not qualify for study tours if their travel abroad is restricted for legal reasons.

CARP 197. Cooperative Education/Internship

Credits: 1-3
Repeat Status: Repeatable up to 6.00 credits.
Typically Offered: ONDEMAND
Cooperative education and internships provide students with real-world experience in business and industry as they explore careers or gain experience in chosen fields of study. The work experiences must be directly related to the discipline under which the credits are to be awarded.

CARP 199. Special Topics

Credits: 1-3
Typically Offered: ONDEMAND
Special topics courses are developed by the faculty member to take advantage of unique learning opportunities that either are not repeatable (such as a presidential election) or address advanced topics not normally covered in the curriculum. Topics covered must be directly related to the discipline under which credits are to be awarded.

CARP 292. Experimental Course

Credits: 1-3
Typically Offered: ONDEMAND
An experimental course is one that is being tested to determine its suitability for inclusion in the course catalog. Testing may continue for two semesters, after which the course should be discontinued or approved through the established college procedures, assigned a permanent course number and title, and included in the master catalog.

CARP 294. Independent Study

Credits: 1-3
Typically Offered: ONDEMAND
An independent study course is one designed jointly by the student and faculty member to address an advanced topic of particular interest to the student and in the instructor's field of expertise. The course, when developed, must be approved by the department chair as being relevant to the discipline and of sufficient rigor for the credits to be awarded.

CARP 296. Study Tour

Credits: 1-3
Typically Offered: ONDEMAND
Study Tour courses provide students with unique learning opportunities in locations, either foreign or domestic. These learning opportunities should be directly related to the academic field of study under which credits are to be awarded. Some students may not qualify for study tours if their travel abroad is restricted for legal reasons.

CARP 297. Cooperative Education/Internship

Credits: 1-3
Repeat Status: Repeatable up to 6.00 credits.
Typically Offered: ONDEMAND
Cooperative education and internships provide students with real-world experience in business and industry as they explore careers or gain experience in chosen fields of study. The work experiences must be directly related to the discipline under which the credits are to be awarded.

CARP 299. Special Topics

Credits: 1-3
Typically Offered: ONDEMAND
Special topics courses are developed by the faculty member to take advantage of unique learning opportunities that either are not repeatable (such as a presidential election) or address advanced topics not normally covered in the curriculum. Topics covered must be directly related to the discipline under which credits are to be awarded.