The Carpentry Certificate program provides students with the opportunity to acquire knowledge and technical skills necessary to gain employment in the construction industry. Students will read and interpret construction blueprints, experience techniques using concrete for foundations, framing of building walls, erecting roofing systems, installing drywall and taping. Students focus on taping and bedding and wall finishes as well as exterior and interior door hanging, window installation and trim work. The building of a “cottage” from the ground up is a required part of the carpentry curriculum. The application of the International Residential Code is emphasized.
In addition to the general carpentry courses, students may take additional coursework including construction management, computer aided drafting, commercial construction theory, cost estimating, construction equipment, methods and general contractor preparation to earn an Associate Degree from Construction Technology.
Many of the courses in this program are transferable and some may be applied to four-year degree programs at other institutions. CNM currently has transfer agreements with many colleges and universities in New Mexico and elsewhere.