Residential Carpentry

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A nationally certified two year program, Residential Carpentry uses the National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER) curriculum. NCCER is the number one nationally certified program in construction. The instructor is nationally certified to teach this curriculum. Upon completion of specific tasks and successfully passing the national test, a student gains national certification for up to three modules per year. The national module certification is recognized by some community colleges.

The program is designed to introduce students to the fundamentals of home construction, as well as the proper use of the hand-tools and power tools that are used in the trade. Every student is assigned a complete set of carpentry tools to use while in this program. Projects range from small utility buildings to complete houses. The carpentry program has strong ties with the Maine Contractors and Builders Alliance (MCBA), which has helped with the goal of building one house each year. This project allows students to participate in almost every aspect of home construction and offers a great opportunity for students that are interested in construction to experience working outdoors in Maine weather. MCBA is making every effort to establish a student chapter in their organization, which will give students solid relationships for their future in construction.

Most learning takes place at the school, but on occasion, the class travels to a job-site to work on a project. The class also goes on several job-site field trips each year in order to enable them to learn more about the trade. They also visit several community colleges to encourage students to pursue a higher education in the building trades. The program is divided into two sessions: the classroom and the shop. In the classroom, students learn about hand-tools, power tool safety, and basic safety in construction, math in construction, reading blueprints, and general residential construction methods. In the shop, students apply what they have learned in the classroom and gain hands on experience in carpentry during this most valuable time period.

Articulation Agreements

Eastern Maine Community College –This is a dual credit agreement allowing students to earn up to 7 credits at EMCC and waive the EMCC Building Construction Technoogy course BCT 151 Residential Construction.


Classroom/Theory/Written Work:  This portion of the daily grade is taken from weekly vocabulary words, weekly homework assignments, homework quizzes, daily bellwork lessons (bellwork is done on a daily basis at the beginning of class. The content might be math related, tool related, curriculum topics, etc.), and any tests taken that are related to the curriculum. Each student is also responsible for creating and maintaining a portfolio of the projects they did while attending MCST. The portfolios are part of the written score.

Shop/Lab:  The shop/lab portion of the students daily grade consist of the actual project the student is working on. At the beginning of every school year each student will build a birdhouse using only hand tools. The student will be assessed/graded not only on the finish product, the bird house, but also on the steps required to get there. Projects vary from student to student and year to year, but the projects are almost always trade related e.g. framing a floor system, framing a wall, cutting and installing rafters, shingling a roof, etc

Work Habits: Work habits consist of attendance/dependability, a positive attitude, appropriate behavior, working effectively as a team member, planning and organizing and a commitment to performing quality work. Students will also be assessed on following school/workplace safety procedures. Problem solving skills and applying communication skills are also assessed/graded as work habits.



Dan Dishner

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This course meets Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, and Fri.


This course is held at Mid-Coast School of Technology .