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Program Description: Carpentry

This program provides you with the opportunity to acquire knowledge and technical skills necessary
to gain employment in the construction industry. You will read and interpret construction blueprints, experience techniques using concrete for foundations, framing of building walls, erecting roofing systems, installing drywall and taping.

You will 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. Additional courses are available to enhance this program of study.

Please contact the program chair or program director for information.

Program Description: Construction Technology

These degrees give you the skills to gain employment in a construction or maintenance field. You can earn certificates in carpentry, residential wiring and electrical trades. You can pursue a certificate in Photovoltaic Installation, covering the installation of solar panels.

An Associate of Applied Science Degree—with concentrations in General or Electrical Construction—is also available.

Carpentry classes meet on- and off-campus in labs designed for the practical study of residential and commercial construction, including blueprint reading, framing and the International Residential Code.

As a Residential Wiring student you will take theory and lab classes (on- and off-campus) in residential wiring, including electrical circuitry, job-site safety and the National Electric Code (NEC), preparing you for the NM Residential Wireman's Certificate of Competence.

The Electrical Trades program enables you to study commercial and industrial wiring methods and motor controls and helps prepare you for the State of New Mexico Journeyman Electrical Certificate.

Credit for Prior Learning (CPL)

If you have a valid OSHA certification, you can receive credit for courses in the Construction Technology or Carpentry program by filling out the following form:

If you have a valid New Mexico General Building Contractor (GB 98 or GB 2), you can receive credit for a course in the Construction Technology (AAS) General Construction Concentration program by filling out the following form: