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Program Information

  • Location: Downtown Milwaukee Campus, Oak Creek Campus
  • Pathway: Manufacturing, Construction & Transportation
  • Program Code: 31-410-1
  • Offering: In-class
  • Degree Type: Technical Diploma
  • Start Dates: August

About the Carpentry Diploma


Classes are held at the Oak Creek Campus and at the MATC Education Center at Walker’s Square, 816 West National Avenue, Milwaukee.

This program prepares you for working on residential and commercial structures. You will learn about reading construction blueprints, the various materials and fasteners used, and the fundamental techniques used in wood-frame construction.

As residential and commercial structures continue to be built and remodeled, there is a steady demand for carpenters.

Additional program details: Practical experience is given in the use of power and hand tools. Graduates of the program may obtain employment as carpenters, carpenter apprentices, rough carpenters, form carpenters and finish carpenters.



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Detailed Program Information

2023-24 Curriculum

Course Course Name Credits
CABMIL-340 Millwork for Carpenters ‡ 2
CARP-301 House Framing ‡ 5
CARP-304 House Framing Fundamentals ‡ 3
CARP-351 Building Materials ‡ 1
CARP-385 Blueprint Reading 1 ‡ 2
CONSTR-302 OSHA Safety/CPR for the Trades ‡
(or) CARP-302 OSHA/First Aid
CONSTR-380 Mathematics for Construction Trades
(or) CARP-380 Arithmetic for Carpenters

Workplace Communication
(or) ENG-195 Written Communication ‡
CABMIL-341 Millwork Techniques ‡ 2
CARP-303 Roof Framing 5
CARP-306 Exterior and Interior Finishing ‡ 5
CARP-315 Energy Efficiency in Residential Construction 1
CARP-383 Quantity Survey ‡ 2
CARP-387 Commercial Blueprint Reading ‡ 1

‡ Prerequisite required.

Program curriculum requirements are subject to change.

Current MATC students should consult their Academic Program Plan for specific curriculum requirements.

To see course descriptions, class times and locations, visit the full course catalog (link).

Already a student? You can visit Self-Service (link) and choose Student Planning to register for classes.


2023-24 Program Cards

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Important Dates

Deadlines and important dates can be found on:
Cost & Aid Deadlines

Also, you can find dates and deadlines on the MATC Events Calendar

Program Outcomes

  • Use hand and power tools and equipment
  • Apply industry-recognized safety practices and procedures
  • Analyze sustainable building practices
  • Interpret construction drawings
  • Interpret building codes
  • Demonstrate industry building practices and material application

Career Outlook

Residential and commercial structures continue to be built and remodeled, and skilled carpenters are needed to work on these projects. Employers include construction and remodeling firms, as well as large institutions and businesses. 

Possible Careers

Carpenter Apprentice
Finish Carpenter
Form Carpenter
Rough Carpenter



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Manufacturing, Construction & Transportation Academic & Career Pathway


Last updated: 09/08/2023