Mr. Robert Conard, and Mr. Roy Silva


Carpentry is one the oldest and most respected professions. In this program, students begin with small woodworking projects to learn how to use basic tools and gain experience, as well as learning different concepts of building. Students learn measuring, cutting, fastening, and hand/power tool use. As sophomores students practice carpentry fundamentals on workstations throughout the carpentry and these provide hands-on guided practice in rough framing, plan reading, exterior siding applications, interior finishing techniques, and general safety with hand and power tools.

As upperclassmen, building a house or comparable project gives the students on-the-job experience as a part of the program’s curriculum working on local community projects or on building assignments on the Essex Tech campus. Co-operative education assignments are available to qualifying juniors at the end of the junior year and into senior year, where many students find valuable work experience that leads to full-time post-graduate employment.

Teamwork, safety, and employability skills are also emphasized. Throughout sophomore, junior, and senior years, students learn concepts of building while learning/strengthening business and related skills that are critical to success when in the workforce.

All students are certified in the 10-Hour OSHA CareerSafe program. Licenses that may be obtained through the Carpentry program include Hilti and Ramset Powder Actuated Tool Licenses, ICC Certification for Residential Building Codes, and Ond-Year Creditable Service towards the Construction Supervisor License (CSL) work requirements.

Graduates may continue their education at two- and four-year colleges or technical institutes as well as enter the workforce independently or through the Massachusetts Carpenter’s Union

Career Paths

  • Remodeler, Carpenter’s Union Apprenticeships
  • Laborer’s Union, Interior / Exterior Finisher, Exterior Siding Specialist, Roofer
  • Architect, Interior Designer
  • General Contractor, Construction Engineer
  • Construction Manager
  • Project Manager, Estimator
  • Custom Cabinet Maker
  • Heavy Equipment Operator
  • Building Inspector

Related Activities and Programs

  • North Shore Community College Weatherization program
  • Co-operative Education Placement
  • SkillsUSA Competition
  • Affiliations: Massachusetts Carpenter’s Union, International Code Council


  • Open House