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The Carpentry program allows students to participate in the “foundation-to-finish” experiences necessary to build a basic residential house while completing the required carpentry coursework. Students will graduate from the Carpentry program with the knowledge and experience necessary to begin employment at the entry level in the construction industry, or enter a four-year apprenticeship program. Credit may be given in the apprenticeship program for work completed at Hawai‘i Community College.

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Upon successful completion, students are prepared to:

  • Understand and utilize math computations, formulas, and measurements required in the carpentry field.
  • Understand the properties of wood, its sustainability and how it dictates the fundamental principles and procedures involved in carpentry.
  • Learn and utilize safe practices concerning personal safety, hand and power tool usage, and all aspects of fabrication/construction.
  • Use appropriate tools, materials/fasteners and current building technology to complete projects.
  • Practice good work ethics and quality workmanship with regard to industry standards.
  • Construct projects by interpreting drawings, applying building code requirements where applicable.
  • Synthesize principles, procedures and objectives using critical thinking, appropriate materials, tools/equipment and procedures to construct a residential dwelling.
  • Cultivate an awareness of environmental and cultural impacts at the community and global level during planning and construction phases.

Course Learning Outcomes

  • Proficiency levels in reading, writing and/or mathematics are required to register for some or all of the Program courses:
Mathematics Math 22 or QM 120T
Reading Eng 21 or ESL 21

The Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs at Hawai‘i CC are an integral part of the local community and reflect its day-to-day life. Close cooperation among the faculty, employers, and employees in the community is maintained. One of the most effective formal means of providing for this type of cooperation is the Program Advisory Council. These groups advise their respective programs of training needs and new developments in the field. Councils include employers, alumni, and others knowledgeable about the field.

Carpentry Program Advisory Council:

  • Brian Brokaw, Operations Manager, HPM;
  • Kent Grace, Instructor, Construction Academy, Hawai‘i Community College;
  • Grant Ka‘aua, Associate Professor, Construction Academy, Hawai‘i Community College;

The Model Home Project

Students in the Carpentry program build a custom home each year for a Native Hawaiian family as part of the "Model Home Project." The homes are also designed, wired and landscaped by Hawai'i CC students in other construction trades programs. 

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