Pictures of Hawaii Community College Carpentry Program
Carpentry (CARP)

pictures of carpentry students at workThe 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.

Program Learning Outcomes

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.

Student Learning Outcome Assessment

We are committed to quality learning through the systematic assessment of our program and course learning outcomes.

Click here to view the Instructional Program Assessment Reports and Plans

Entry Requirements

  • Proficiency levels in both reading and mathematics are required to register for some or all of the Program courses:
Subject Area Minimum Placement into course
Mathematics Math 100
Reading Eng 102 or Eng 197


Gainful Employment Disclosure

Beginning July 1, 2011, the US Department of Education began requiring colleges to disclose a variety of information for any financial aid eligible program that "prepares students for gainful employment in a recognized occupation". We hope that this information is helpful to our current students and to prospective students as they make their career and educational choices.

The data includes occupations, placement rates, on-time completion rates, average costs and program median loan debt.

Gainful Employment Disclosure for Carpentry Certificate of Achievement (CA) Program


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Contact Information
Hawaiʻi Community College
ATE Division
Construction Tech Dept. Chair
200 W. Kawili St.
Hilo, HI 96720-4091

Attn: Joel Tanabe
Office: (808) 934-2669