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Program Description:

The Carpentry Program has been designed to instruct students in all types of house construction and remodeling.  Students are involved in foundation layout work, house framing, and exterior and interior finish carpentry work.  The students work with a variety of building and finishing materials, and become familiar with modern methods and styles of commercial and residential construction. Carpenters are the largest group of building trade workers.  They usually have greater opportunities then most other construction workers to become general construction supervisors, since they are involved with the entire construction process.  Throughout the program, strong emphasis is placed on employment with a union shop or general contractor.  The carpentry program is an excellent foundation for those going on to post secondary education.An integral component of the carpentry curriculum involves shop work, allowing the students to practice all phases of house construction.  The students are instructed in the use of hand power tools, industrial woodworking machinery, and a variety of contractor power and battery operated tools. In the related theory portion of the program particular attention is paid to safety, the knowledge of all materials used in the trade, the layout and calculation of dimensions, entry level framing, window and door installation and blueprint reading. 



Safety, Orientation To The Trade, Building Materials, Fasteners, & Adhesives, Hand & Power Tools, Reading Plans & Elevations, Floor Systems, Walls & Ceiling Framing, Roof Framing, Introduction to Concrete, Reinforcing Materials, & Forms, Basic Stair Layout, Roofing Applications, Thermal & Moisture Protection, Exterior Finishing, Cold Formed Steel Framing, Drywall Installation, Doors & Door Hardware, Window, Door, Floor, & Ceiling Trim, Cabinet Installation, Introduction to Construction Math, Windows & Exterior Doors


Career Opportunities:

Framing Carpenter

General Contractor

Sub Contractor

Apprentice Carpenter

Lumber & House Salesperson

Mill Worker

Carpenter Helper

Finish Carpenter



OSHA 10 Card

NCCER Carpentry & Core Certification

Articulation Agreements:

Articulation Agreement with Central Maine Community College

           BCT 101 – Introduction to Hand and Power Tool Safety

            BCT 133 – Roofing

            BCT 134 – Siding

Dual Enrollment:

Southern Maine Community College

 Eastern Maine Community College

            BCT 151 - Residential Construction I   


Business & Industry Partners:

Paradigm Windows

Fore Solutions

Kaplan Thompson Architects


Porter Drywall

Windham Millwork

NorthEast Spray Insulation

Dan Kolbert Building Contractor



Long Pants




Carpentry Blog



Carpentry Brochure



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Frank Kehoe

Position: Instructor – Carpentry   Formal Education: Comprehensive Study of Carpentry – Northeast...  more Read more about Frank Kehoe


196 Allen Avenue • Portland, ME 04103 • Phone: (207) 874-8165 • Fax: (207) 874-8170

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