Carpentry and Construction


The Carpentry and Construction program teaches how to read and interpret construction blueprints, use various concrete techniques to form foundations, frame building walls, proper window installation, trim work, and more. Earn an Associate of Applied Science or certificate and pursue work as a Woodworker, First-Line Supervisor, and more.

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Note: Some jobs require education or training beyond the CNM degree/certificate.

Program Information 

The CNM Carpentry and Construction program provides you with the skills necessary to be employable in construction-related fields. Throughout your time in the program, you will have tangible, hands-on experience building a solid knowledge base of how the construction workflow progresses through the stages of a particular job. You will also be introduced to construction software you may encounter in the industry. 

Curriculum Highlights

  • Blueprint Reading for carpentry
  • Material and Techniques for Concrete Forming Techniques
  • Framing, Drywall Installation, and Taping
  • Roofing Systems
  • Wall Finishing
  • Door Hanging
  • Window Installation and Trim Work
  • Computer-Aided Drafting (CAD) for Construction
  • Cabinetmaking
  • Earn your OSHA Occupational Safety for Construction / DOL Card
  • General Contractor Business Preparation
  • Estimating
  • Construction Equipment and Methods

Required Tools

Students in the Carpentry and Construction program will need access to specialized tools related to the field. Contact Skilled Trades & Arts to receive a course tool list.

Related Information 

The School of Skilled Trades & Arts

The School of Skilled Trades & Arts fosters an environment of relevant applied learning, such as trade apprenticeships. Our aim is to equip students with the technical knowledge and skills to further their career and personal goals.

Get Credit for Prior Learning (CPL)

  • If you have a valid OSHA certification, you can receive credit for courses in the Carpentry and Construction program by filling out the Credit for Prior Learning (OSHA) form. 
  • If you have a valid New Mexico General Building Contractor (GB 98 or GB 2) license, you can receive credit for a course in the Construction Technology (AAS) General Construction Concentration program by filling out the Credit for Prior Learning (General Building Contractor) form. 

Further Your Education

The following CNM courses and programs can enhance your education and increase your career opportunities. 

Construction Begins on New Trades Facility 

Image of CNM personnel breaking ground on the construction site for the new Trades Facility, opening in Fall 2025.

The 61,000-square-foot facility will open in Fall 2025 and will house classroom and lab space for CNM’s Carpentry, Electrical, HVAC, Plumbing, Welding, and Industrial Automation Technology programs. CNM President Tracy Hartzler says, “On behalf of CNM, we look forward to educating and training thousands of future skilled trades workers right here on this site. These skilled trades workers will help power New Mexico’s economy for decades to come.” Read the full story today.