Philadelphia Carpentry School

Hands-On Training for a Career in Carpentry

Learn by doing! At Orleans Technical College, you can earn your Trades Diploma in just 6 months and take the first step toward an exciting career in Carpentry. Our career training course is hands-on so that you gain the skills that employers are looking for!

You’ll learn construction, installation, and renovation skills for an array of opportunities—inside and out—working with wood and other materials. Students experience building a house to scale, staircase, and full-size deck, as well as tackle framing, drywall, rough and fine finishing, siding, shingle roofing, and door and window installation.

  • Program Objective

    Carpentry students learn hands-on new construction skills. They build a house to scale in order to learn framing, drywall, rough and fine finishing, siding, shingled roofing, and door and window installation. Students construct a full size deck and staircase. Training includes blueprint reading, safety practices, and trade mathematics.

  • Upcoming Classes

    August 28, 2017 Apply Now

    March 5, 2018 Apply Now

  • Employment Opportunities

    Graduates are prepared for entry-level employment as carpenters, carpentry assistants, carpentry apprentices, maintenance carpenters, finish carpenters, house repairers, door installers, cabinet and trim installers, lay-out workers, framers, assemblers, and woodworkers.

    Career Outlook

    According to the U.S. Department of Labor, employment of carpenters is projected to grow 6% from 2014 to 2024.
    Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, “Occupational Outlook Handbook,” 2016-17 Edition.

  • Industry Certification

    Students in this program are eligible to receive industry recognized certification from NOCTI upon successful completion of certification exams.

  • Articulation Agreement

    Orleans Technical College will accept 2 transfer-in credits in “Carpentry Blueprints” and 1 transfer-in credit for “Carpentry Tools” in conjunction with our Carpentry program. This opportunity is available to applicants who have successfully completed courses at participating high schools in PDE’S Programs of Study. Applicants must demonstrate successful completion at the high school level and pass a competency exam to have the credits awarded.

  • Gainful Employment Information

    Carpentry SOC: 47-2031.00 CIP: 46.0201

    For Gainful Employment Information, including costs, financing, related jobs, and graduate completion and employment statistics, click on one of the links below:

    > Click Here for 6-month (Day) Program
    > Click Here for 13-month (Evening) Program

    Student Right-to-Know

    Title I, Section 103 of The “Student Right‐to‐Know and Campus Security Act” (P.L. 101‐542) requires institutions eligible for Title IV funding to calculate graduation rates of certificate‐ or degree‐seeking, first‐time, full‐time students entering that institution, and to disclose these rates to all students and prospective students.

    > Click Here for the Student Right-to-Know Report for the Carpentry Program

Financial aid is available for those who qualify. Applicants must have a high school diploma or GED, and valid driver’s license. Orleans Tech is accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC).