Carpentry Area of Concentration, Building Trades Technology Degree
If you're interested in becoming a carpenter, or if you're a current building and construction professional looking to advance your carpentry skills, our carpentry program will provide the training, skills, and knowledge you need.
You'll receive a comprehensive mixture of academic and practical training in areas of residential building. Coursework is laboratory intensive complemented with additional classroom studies.
Montgomery College is a member of the Registered Apprenticeship-College Consortium, a network of colleges and registered apprentice programs.
Upon completion of this program a student will be able to:
- Define and explain the basic principles and techniques of residential construction.
- Apply relevant construction skills in a particular trade area.
Meet with your academic advisor regularly to make sure you are on track to graduate and/or transfer.
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A suggested course sequence follows.
All students should review the advising guide and consult an advisor. Most courses have either assessment levels that must be met or prerequisites (courses that must be taken first). Part-time students and those who need to meet assessment levels or take prerequisite courses will take longer to complete a degree. An advisor will help make sure you are taking your courses in the right order.
All degree-seeking students must take a central group of General Education courses in English, mathematics, arts, behavioral and social sciences, humanities, and science. These courses are included in the suggested course sequence below.
Suggested Course Sequence
- BLDG 130 - Introduction to the Building Trades 3 semester hours
- BLDG 133 - Building Trades Blueprint Reading 3 semester hours
- BLDG 140 - Fundamentals of Carpentry 4 semester hours
- ENGL 101 - Introduction to College Writing 3 semester hours
- BLDG 230 - Building Codes and Standards 3 semester hours
- BLDG 240 - Advanced Framing and Exterior Finishing 4 semester hours
- English foundation 3 semester hours (ENGF)
- Mathematics foundation 3 semester hours (MATF)
- Program elective 3 semester hours †
- BLDG 242 - Remodeling and Interior Finishing 4 semester hours
- Arts or humanities distribution 3 semester hours (ARTD or HUMD)
- General education elective 3 semester hours (GEEL)
- Program elective 6 semester hours †
Behavioral and social sciences distribution 3 semester hours (BSSD)Natural science distribution with lab 4 semester hours (NSLD)General education elective 3 semester hours (GEEL)Program electives 5 semester hours †
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