Carpentry student at SkillsUSA state competitions
Carpentry Students

The Carpentry program prepares students for careers in construction-related fields by developing their skills in building construction and woodworking techniques.  Through classroom projects, and actual “live” work in both the school and community, students learn such skills as installing roofs, windows, and doors, framing, constructing footings and foundations, and all aspects of house construction.  While developing these skills students move through the different phases of project-planning including blueprint creation and reading, estimating costs and creating material lists, creating work schedules, and completing tasks on time.  Students will complete the Carpentry program with the expertise necessary to enter directly into the workforce or pursue further education


Mr. Howland         

Mr. Ryan            

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  • Neil Segala Builders
  • Benchmark Kitchens
  • Bedini and St. Pierre
  • Darren Champney General Contractor
  • J. Richardson Contracting
  • A.C. Wood
  • Carpenter's Union Local #108
  • Adams Trucking
  • Kruzel Builders
  • Craig Hartman Construction
  • Steve Cahoon Construction
  • Aaron Singer Construction
  • Jason Bills Construction
  • Saldo Construction
  • North Adams Regional Hospital
  • Barr & Barr Construction
  • Mark Therrien Construction
  • City of North Adams 
  • Steve Haskins Contruction
  • Ames Builders


  • Westfield State University
  • Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts
  • Southern Vermont College
  • Berkshire Community College
  • Paul Smiths College
  • Coastal Carolina University
  • Norwich University
  • Unity College
  • Florida International University

Course Content

Grade 9

  • Hand and power tool instruction and safety
  • Fastener identification
  • Introduction to floor framing
  • Introduction to wall framing
  • Introduction to common rafters
  • Introduction to exterior and roofing applications

Grade 10

  • Floor, wall, and roof framing
  • Wood siding (Cedar Shake and Clap Board)
  • Exterior door and window trim
  • Roofing applications
  • Flashing applications
  • Decking (guard rails, handrails, newel posts, and introduction to stairs)

Grade 11

  • Floor, wall, and roof framing
  • Vinyl Siding
  • Exterior doors and windows installation
  • Roofing applications
  • Flashing applications
  • Drywall
  • Paint
  • Flooring applications (tile, laminate, glue-down)
  • Interior trim (crown molding, chair rail, baseboard, window and door casing)
  • Introduction to kitchen installations

Grade 12

  • Cooperative work program (where applicable)
  • Hip and valley roofing
  • Stair construction
  • Metal framing
  • Advanced window framing