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Gain the technical knowledge and skills necessary careers in the construction trades industry.

C.A.S. in Carpentry

In just two semesters, the Carpentry Certificate of Applied Science (CAS) teaches the many applications of carpentry within the construction trades industry. Through a combination of classroom instruction and hands-on training, you will learn fundamentals and advanced skills in carpentry, including job safety, rough framing, blueprint reading, and finishing. Program graduates will be prepared to immediately enter the workforce at a strong wage and in an industry actively seeking these highly demanded skills!

The Carpentry program is part of Gallatin College MSU, southwest Montana’s two-year college.

Important: This program has limited openings and has been at full capacity in recent years, please apply early and contact Gallatin College for further information if interested.



Build a future in Carpentry. In just one year, gain valuable skills for a well-paying career in construction trades. Fulfill your potential with Gallatin College.



High Demand for Graduates

There is a high demand for graduates in this field as the construction industry continues to thrive in the Gallatin Valley and beyond.

Flexible Schedule

Class schedules often accommodate students with responsibilities outside of school such as full-time or part-time work.

Personalized Experience

At Gallatin College MSU, a combination of small class sizes, hands-on education and highly qualified instructors makes for a student-centered approach focused on success and goal fulfillment.



Job Skills 

Graduates of the Carpentry program at Gallatin College MSU enter the workforce knowing: 

  • The relevance of carpentry within the construction trades.
  • Technical and non-technical skills necessary for success in the industry.
  • Safety rules and regulations in accordance with construction industry standards.
  • Basic math as required for carpentry.
  • Construction technology as it applies to site preparation, foundations, and rough framing.
  • Blueprint reading, including symbols, abbreviations, and legends.
  • Applications of common building materials, fasteners, and adhesives.
  • Terminology, definitions, and vocabulary regularly used in construction trades.
  • Proper use of hand and power tools.
  • Wooden floor assembly, interior and exterior wall assembly, and basic roof systems.
  • Techniques used for proper placement and curing of concrete.

...and much more!



Job opportunities for graduates of the Carpentry program include:

  • Carpenter
  • Cabinetmaker
  • Construction Worker
  • Contractor
  • Project Manager 

Potential Annual Salary

$42,000 (entry) - $87,000 (after 4+ years)

Career Coaching & Professional Skills Studio

Professional career coaches help students with their career exploration, employer networking opportunities and job or internship searches. They also critique resumes and help students practice job interviews. Additionally, the Allen Yarnell Center for Student Success offers free workshops for students to develop the professional communication and collaboration skills that are highly sought after by employers.