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The Carpentry program of study explores the occupations and educational opportunities related to constructing, installing, or repairing structures and fixtures made of wood, such as frameworks, partitions, joists, studding, rafters, and stairways.

Career Options

Career options​ for students who get a degree in carpentry include: carpenter, carpenter foreman, journeyman, construction foreman, construction framer, cabinet maker, cabinet installer, finish carpenter, residential carpenter, framing carpenter, form setter, trim carpenter, and frame builder​.​

​​Student Voice

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Mohamad Hilal Mohamad Hilal

​​Mohamad Hilal is an alumnus of Norco College who is currently a Senior at Cal Poly Pomona majoring in Civil Engineering and has been working at the County of Orange for two years.

“The first year I was involved in the surveying department where I did a lot of fieldwork and office work. The second year I became an intern in the design team in the county. Since this is my area of interest, I was able to excel and get involved in so many interesting projects,” said Hilal. “My senior project was focused on design and construction and I was the team lead in the structural analysis where I created a 3D model on SAP 2000. In addition, I was involved in reviewing the work of my colleagues and implementing all the designs in SAP.”

Academic Programs in Carpentry

​The academic maps below will give you an idea of the classes you need to take. However, please meet with a counselor to personalize your education plan.

​School Trailhead for Science, Technology, Engineering & Math (STEM)
Suggested Initial Coursework​​
Associate of Arts (AA) Degree - Area of Emphasis (AOE)
in Math & Science​ - CSU Pathway

​​Program Flyer (Construction Management)
​​Program Flyer (Construction Technology)

Additional Resources

​​What can I do with this major? (Construction Science)​​​
​​​​​​Riverside Community College District General Education (RCCD GE) Requirements (PLAN A)​​​​
​​​California State University General Education (CSU GE) Requirements (PLAN B)
For students who would like to transfer to a campus in the California State University (CSU) system
​​​​​​​Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) Requirements (PLAN C)
For students who would like to transfer to a campus in either the California State University (CSU) or University of California (UC) system

Contact Information

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​Instructional Department Specialist
Melissa Olivieri
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Martha Ramirez
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