Carpentry

Our Carpentry program encourages a commitment to excellence and a mastery of the craft. In 36 weeks, you’ll be able to jump-start your carpentry career and earn a return on your educational investment. Our small class sizes give you plenty of one-on-one time with your instructors, who are master carpenters.

In this program, you’ll learn how to construct and renovate residential and commercial buildings. You’ll use hand tools and machines, and learn the different practices of current and emerging industry standards. You’ll experience the importance of working together safely and efficiently on building sites to meet your clients’ needs.

Our Carpentry facilities are well-suited for lectures, benchwork, and small building projects. In addition, you’ll work off-site on construction that may include house additions, garages, or similar projects.

Schedule & Curriculum

We offer rolling admissions and will accept applicants throughout the year. The program is extremely competitive and fills quickly, so you should apply as early as possible. Successful applicants are dependable, have basic math skills, and enjoy physically demanding work and working with others.

  • Students are admitted in September.
  • The maximum enrollment is 26 students.
  • Classes meet 7:30 am – 4:30 pm, Monday – Thursday, September through May.
  • The program length is one, nine-month academic year (36 weeks or 1170 class hours*).
  • Students are responsible for their own transportation to site work.
  • Students who complete the program receive a Diploma of Carpentry.

* Class hours equals clock hours.

Careers

Graduates of our Carpentry program enjoy careers like residential remodeling, contractor work, project management, and many others.

Some of the jobs our graduates have held include:

  • Lead carpenter for high-end remodeling and cabinetmaking business
  • Finish carpenter for a large contractor
  • Job supervisor for high-end renovator/remodeler
  • Assistant project manager at a commercial construction company
  • Owner of a residential remodeling company
  • Carpenter for the State of Massachusetts

Carpenters work throughout the country in almost every community and make up the second largest building trades occupation. Usually, employees with previous classroom training start at a higher level than those without training. Some carpenters change employers each time they finish a project. Others alternate between working for a contractor and working independently.

The DOL classifies Carpenters this way:

Construct, erect, install, or repair structures and fixtures made of wood and comparable materials, such as concrete forms; building frameworks, including partitions, joists, studding, and rafters; and wood stairways, window and door frames, and hardwood floors. May also install cabinets, siding, drywall, and batt or roll insulation. Includes brattice builders who build doors or brattices (ventilation walls or partitions) in underground passageways.

The following information is from the U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics:

Carpenters held about 942,900 jobs in 2021.

  • About 30% of all carpenters were self-employed.
  • 20% worked in residential building construction.
  • 12% worked in nonresidential building construction.
  • 11% worked as finishing contractors.

Employment is expected to increase by 2% during the 2020–30 decade, stimulated by:

  • Population growth to meet people’s housing and other basic needs
  • Energy conservation, particularly in the industrial sector
  • Home remodeling
  • Construction and repair of roads and bridges, financed by the Federal and State governments.

Job opportunities will be good for those with the most training and skills. Carpenters with specialized or all-around skills will have better opportunities than those who can perform only a few simple, routine tasks.

For more information, see the U.S. Department of Labor statistics for Carpentry.

According to Payscale, the median annual salary for carpenters was $49,618 in 2022, with a median hourly rate of $21.37. The Department of Labor (DOL) lists the median annual salary for carpenters as $48,260 or $23.20 hourly.

The following averages are for specific carpentry-related jobs in 2022:

  • Lead Carpenter – Median annual salary: $49,569 | Median hourly wage: $24.81
  • Carpenter Foreman – Median annual salary: $68,096 | Median hourly wage: $27.08
  • Construction Foreman – Median annual salary: $64,815 | Median hourly wage: $24.96
  • Finish Carpenter – Median annual salary: $58,050 | Median hourly wage: $23.79
  • Journeyman Carpenter – Median annual salary: $60,115 | Median hourly wage: $29.71
  • Assistant Project Manager, Construction – Median annual salary: $62,834 | Median hourly wage: $20.84
  • Construction Laborer – Median annual salary: $41,207 | Median hourly wage: $16.39
  • Handyman – Median annual salary: $49,326 | Median hourly wage: $24.30
13:1
Student to Faculty ratio
100
Sawhorses made by students in 2020
70%
Students who receive financial aid

People

Faculty

Carpentry Instructor

Callahan Ross CA ’22

Carpentry Teaching Assistant

Carpentry Department Head

Open House 2022!

From nine career training programs to dozens of community classes, we offer something for everyone! Join us December 7-9 for live demonstrations, program tours, conversations with artisans, and more.

Explore the Facilities

Our Carpentry facilities are well-suited for lectures, benchwork, and small building projects. There is bench space for each student, a machine room, and flexible space for construction. In addition, students work off-site on construction projects that may include house additions, garages, or similar projects.

Additional Information

2020 Carpentry Graduate & Employment Report

  • 29 Carpentry students started the program in September 2018 and had an intended graduation date of June 2019.
  • 90% of this student cohort graduated in 2019.
  • 79% of these graduates are employed in the field.
  • This data was officially reported to ACCSC in October 2020.

2021 Carpentry Graduate & Employment Report

  • 28 Carpentry students started the program in September 2019 and had an intended graduation date of June 2020.
  • 79% of this student cohort graduated in 2020.
  • 59% of these graduates are employed in the field.
  • This data was officially reported to ACCSC in October 2021.

This disclosure is required by our accreditors, the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools & Colleges (ACCSC).

For each of our career training programs, we consult with a group of top professionals in the field to ensure our curriculum continues to meet industry needs and trends.

The Carpentry Program Advisors are:

  • Kurt Fieldhouse CA ’93
  • Stephen Gould PC ’01
  • Edward Howland
  • Barry A. Mann PC ’97
  • Arthur Massaro
  • Patrick O’Shaughnessy CA ’06
  • Anthony Samale

Questions?

Contact Rob O’Dwyer, Director of Admissions, at 617-227-0155 x111 or admissions@nbss.edu.