Residential Construction

Each year the Residential Construction program builds a residential home. This hands-on training allows students to participate in the "foundation-to-finish" experiences necessary to build a new home while completing the required residential construction coursework and related instruction for the AAS Degree. Students will graduate from the Residential Construction program with the knowledge and experience necessary to begin employment in the construction industry. Residential Construction curriculum is reviewed by an advisory board composed of local and regional industry members.


Career Opportunities

  • Construction Managers/Supervisors
  • Experienced Carpenters
  • Carpenters' Assistants


Mission Statement

To provide students a comprehensive educational experience using current industry standards applied to the residential construction curriculum. To allow students the most hands-on experience with a wide variety of tasks to gain a widespread knowledge of residential construction and complete construction of a house.


Degree Options

Students may earn an Associate in Applied Sciences Degree in Residential Construction upon completion of the two-year program of study. This degree will prepare students to take the journeyman carpenter examination. A Residential Construction Certificate, is available upon completion of the first year of study in the program.


Program Outcomes

  • Provide students with marketable technical and interpersonal skills in the trade, resulting in career placement.
  • Provide training in environmental and work place safety that meets appropriate industry standards.
  • Educate and graduate students who possess the knowledge and skills necessary to be successful in the construction industry.
  • Continue to keep the Carpentry curriculum current with industry practices and standards based on input from the advisory committee.
  • Provide students with the opportunity to complete a state-of-the-art home with all the latest Green Building standards and International Building Codes met.


Entrance Requirements

It is recommended that students in the Residential Construction program contact the lead instructor regarding appropriate program placement to determine specific quarter start in the program. Students may enter the program fall, winter or spring quarter, however, due to course sequencing it is recommended to begin in the fall. In order to start this program, the placement process must be completed through the Testing Center. Visit for more information.


Scholarships Available

See WWCC web site under Student Services/Financial Aid for current list of scholarships available.


Industry Description

Carpenters are involved in many different kinds of construction activity, from the building of highways and bridges, to the installation of kitchen cabinets. Carpenters construct, erect, install, and repair structures and fixtures made from wood and other materials. Depending on the type of work and the employer, carpenters may specialize in one or two activities or may be required to know how to perform many different tasks. Small home builders and remodeling companies may require carpenters to learn about all aspects of building a house-framing walls and partitions, putting in doors and windows, building stairs, installing cabinets and molding, and many other tasks. Large construction contractors or specialty contractors, however, may require their carpenters to perform only a few regular tasks, such as framing walls, constructing wooden forms for pouring concrete, or erecting scaffolding.


Other Information

All construction work expected of carpenters is completed by students. Electricians, plumbers, and heating/air conditioning technicians and concrete flat work sub-contractors are hired to assist in meeting strict building codes.

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