The pathway to America’s structure.


Carpenters cut, shape, fit and assemble building materials in the construction of buildings. Carpenters today build with wood, metal, plastics, fiberglass and Styrofoam. Following blueprints they measure, layout and build foundations, walls, floors, ceiling and roofs.


"SEMCA has guided me and given me the confidence to always get the job done right and safely. With the changing industry, I also want to stay open to new ideas and learning from the best to stay competitive in a changing job market."

Hillary B.



225 Hours Standardized

27101-13 Orientation to the Trade (5 Hours)
Reviews the history of the trade, describes the apprentice program, identifies career opportunities for carpentry and construction workers, and lists the responsibilities and characteristics a worker should possess.

27102-13 Building Materials, Fasteners, and Adhesives (7.5 Hours)
Provides an overview of the building materials used in construction work, including lumber, sheet materials, engineered wood products, structural concrete, and structural steel. Also, describes the various fasteners and adhesives used in construction work.

27103-13 Hand and Power Tools (7.5 Hours)
Provides detailed descriptions of the hand tools and portable power tools used by carpenters. Emphasis is on safe and proper operation of tools, as well as core and maintenance.

27104-13 Introduction to Construction Drawings, Specifications and Layout (20 Hours)
Covers the techniques for reading and using construction drawings and specifications with an emphasis on drawings and information relevant to the carpentry trade. Introduces quantity takeoffs. 

27105-13 Floor Systems (27.5 Hours)
Covers framing basics as well as the procedures for laying out and constructing a wood floor using common lumber as well as engineered building materials.

27111-13 Wall Systems (20 Hours)
Describes procedures for laying out and framing walls, including roughing-in door and window openings, constructing careers, partition T’s and bracing walls. Includes the procedures to estimate the materials required to frame walls. 

27112-13 Ceiling Joist and Roof Framing (40 Hours)
Describes types of roofs and provides instructions for laying out rafters for gable roofs, hip roofs and valley intersections. Covers stick-built and truss-built roofs. Includes the basics of roof sheeting installation. 

27109-13  Introduction to Building Envelope Systems (12.5 Hours)
Introduces the concept of the building envelope and explains its components. Describes types of windows, skylights and exterior doors and provides instructions for installation. 

27110-13 Basic Stair Layout (12.5 Hours)
Introduces the trainee to various types of stairs and the common building code requirements related to stairs. The module focuses on the techniques for measuring and calculating rise, run, and stairwell openings, laying out stringers, and fabricating basic stairways.


210 Hours Standardized

27201-13 Commercial Drawings (25 Hours)
Describes how to read and interpret a set of commercial drawings and specifications. 

27205-13 Cold-Formed Steel Framing (15 Hours)
Describes the types and grades of steel framing materials and includes instructions for selecting and installing metal framing for interior and exterior walls, load bearing and nonbearing walls, partitions and other applications. 

27204-13 Exterior Finishing (35 Hours)
Covers the various types of exterior siding used in residential construction and their installation procedures, including wood, metal, vinyl, and cement board siding.

27203-13 Thermal and Moisture Protection (7.5 Hours)
Covers the selection and installation of various types of insulating materials in walls, floors and attics. Also, covers the uses and installation practices for vapor barriers and waterproofing materials.

27202-13 Roofing Applications (25 Hours)
Describes how to properly prepare the roof deck and install roofing for residential and commercial buildings. 

27208-13 Doors and Door Hardware (20 Hours)
Describes the installation of metal doors and related hardware in steel-frames, wood-framed and masonry walls along with their related hardware, such as locusts and door closers. Also discusses the installation of wood doors, folding doors and pocket doors. 

27206-13 Drywall Installation (15 Hours)
Describes the various types o gypsum drywall, their uses and the fastening devices and methods used to install them. Contains detailed instructions for installing drywall on walls and ceilings using nails, drywall screws and adhesives. Also, discusses fire and sound rated walls. 

27207-13 Drywall Finishing (17.5 Hours)
Describes the materials, tools and methods used to finish and patch gypsum drywall. Also discussed automatic and manual taping and finishing tools. 

27209-13 Suspended Ceilings (15 Hours)
Describes the materials, layout and installation procedures for many types of suspended ceilings used in commercial construction as well as ceiling tiles, drywall suspension systems and pan-type ceilings. 

27210-13 Window, Door, Floor and Ceiling Trim (25 Hours)
Describes the different types of trim used in finish work and focus on the proper methods for selecting, cutting and fastening trim to achieve a professional finished appearance. 

27211-13 Cabinet Installation (10 Elective Hours)
Provides detailed instructions for the selection and installation of base and wall cabinets and countertops.