Montana State University-Northern
College of Technical Sciences
Carpentry Technology AAS

* The AAS and CAS in Carpentry Technology are currently in Moratorium. We are not accepting new students into these programs. Students currently enrolled will be able to complete the degree or certificate. These programs are being reviewed and may become available in the future.

Gain Practical Experience and a Well-rounded Carpenter Education to Work in the Construction Industry
Carpentry Technology Students getting hands on training

The Carpentry Technology program at MSU-Northern offers in-depth training for a career in the construction industry. As a competency-based carpentry school, the program emphasizes technical skills, mathematics, and hands-on experience to prepare you to safely and effectively perform job-related carpentry tasks.

  • Enter an industry that has an increasing demand for highly skilled employees.
  • Develop your expertise at a carpentry school that offers the only nationally accredited competency-based construction training program in the country.
Carpenter Education Program: Hands-on. Applicable. Comprehensive.
  • Obtain an associate of applied science (AAS) or a certificate of applied science in Carpentry Technology and increase your career opportunities.
  • Study at a carpentry school that fosters the discovery of knowledge, academic excellence, and personal growth through collaboration and teamwork.
  • Develop your knowledge of the latest industry practices and technology through classroom learning and hands-on lab experience.
  • Earn your construction degree at MSU-Northern's National Center for Construction Education and Research program, which was designed and developed by the construction industry for the construction industry.
Carpenter Education Faculty: Industry Experts. Accomplished Teachers.
  • Work alongside MSU-Northern's carpentry school faculty that is skilled carpenters with years of experience in construction, project management, and architecture.
  • Benefit from teachers that emphasize problem solving, collaboration, and hands-on learning as part of the carpenter school experience.
Carpenter School Courses: Practical. Rigorous. Wide-Ranging.

Multi-disciplinary – Sharpen your skills with carpenter education courses that include topics in mixed electrical fundamentals, technical graphics, and welding for a well-rounded construction background.

Broad Career Skills – Complete a foundation in coursework that includes classes in writing, math, and communications for relevant career skills.

Career Outlook for Carpenters

The construction industry employs more people and contributes more to the nation's economy than any other industry. In addition, the Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts a faster than average growth in the carpenter jobs through 2020. This means that there is a source of well paying jobs and opportunities, especially for those who hold a construction degree. Graduates of MSU-Northern's carpenter school go on to pursue careers as journeyman carpenters, master carpenters, project and construction managers, architects, estimators, and general contractors.

Program Endorsements
• Journeyman carpenter
• Master carpenter
• Foreman/ lead carpenter
• Supervisor
• Safety manager
• Project manager/administrator
• Estimator
• Architect
• General contractor
• Construction manager
Certificate of Applied Science
Gainful Employment Information.

“The academic and technical offerings available to students at MSU-Northern will propel them to be able to be competitive in the global marketplace while giving Montana a trained workforce that can respond quickly and flexibly to specific industry needs.”
Paul Tuss, Executive Director Bear Paw Development

“The shortfall in construction is not projected, it is here! Your new program is of great interest to us.”
Jim Lake, Vice President Swank Enterprises

“Presently I am turning away 50% of the projects that come into our office due to a lack of qualified construction workers. I would whole heartedly support such a program, and would offer any assistance my firm could make to get the program off the ground.”
Brad Lotton, President Lotton Construction, Inc

“It is imperative that industry and education work together to develop a new generation of workers in the skilled trades. This need cannot be overstated.”
Evan Peacock, Project Manager Dick Anderson Construction, INC.