Length of Program
10 Months - September through June
Tuition for 2016-2017
- In-District: $3,375
- Out-of-District: $6,750
- All students must also pay a $650 materials fee
Minuteman's Post Graduate Building Construction Technology program provides training to students in all aspects of residential construction and prepares students for a variety of jobs, including Construction Supervisor, Construction Superintendent, and Construction Foreman. The program provides the background needed for career advancement and for the Construction Supervisor Licensing Examination. Training is provided in all aspects of residential construction, including a solid foundation of skill and knowledge in the areas of safe use of hand and power tools, measuring and cutting, accuracy with levels, rulers, and squares, interpreting drawings and blueprints, and door, window, kitchen, and bath installations. The program reviews relevant academic concepts including meanings of symbols, understanding descriptions of projects, and math concepts, such as Trigonometric ratios, Pythagorean Theorems, dimensional analysis for unit conversions, and measurements. Students also erect concrete forms, wood frame structures, floor joists, stud wall partitions, subflooring, sheathing, stairs, rafter installation, roofing, and siding and install Photovoltaic and solar thermal roof arrays.
Minuteman provides students with instruction in all aspects of mill and residential carpentry, as well as energy-saving and super-insulation techniques. The competency-based curriculum and hands-on approach enable students to be ready for our off-campus projects. Upon completion of the Program students are ready for work in a variety of related fields.
Employment of carpenters is projected to grow 6 percent from 2014 to 2024, about as fast as the average for all occupations. Population growth should result in more new-home construction—the largest segment employing carpenters—which will stimulate the need for many new workers. Home remodeling needs should also spur demand for carpenters.
In addition, the need to repair and replace roads and bridges should increase employment of carpenters. Much of this growth, however, depends on spending by federal and state governments as they attempt to upgrade existing infrastructure. The construction of factories and power plants also may result in some new jobs.
Aptitudes and talents which a student needs in order to be successful in residential carpentry include good math ability, mechanical aptitude, physical fitness and ability to work with others.
- Construction Safety
- Estimation and Proposals
- Carpentry Fundamentals
- House Framing
- Stair Framing
- Mechanical/Solar/Green Energy Systems
- Ext. Finishes/Weatherization
- Interior Finishes/Cabinetry
- Blueprint/Codebook Reading
- Opportunity for co-op placement
- MTI Building Construction Technology Certificate
- OSHA 10-Hour Construction Safety Certification
- 1 year's credit towards Construction Supervisor's License
Possible Career Pathways
- Architectural Woodworker
- Construction Manager
- Dry Waller
- Finish Carpenter
- Master Carpenter
- Sales & Estimating
- Self-employed Contractor & Remodeler
- Siding Installer
- Union Carpenter
- Apprentice (0-4 years): $9-18/hr
- Journeyman (5-10 years): $18-25/hr
- Master Carpenter (10+ years): $25+/hr
- According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual wage for carpenters was $40,820 in May 2014 or $19.63 per hour.
- According to the Massachusetts Office of Labor and Workforce Development, the median annual wage in Massachusetts was $54,680 in May 2014.
Employers Hiring Minuteman Graduates
Custom Contraction, Villandry Contraction, Kistler & Knapp Builders, Bob Foss Contracting, Silva Brothers Construction (This Old House)