Build your future while gaining real-world experience.


The Carpentry program at Minnesota State College Southeast in Winona will help you learn the skills you need to enter this in-demand field.

Carpenters make up the largest group of building-trade workers. They work quickly, accurately, and efficiently to maximize use of time and materials.

At MSC Southeast, our students gain hands-on skills in the carpentry lab and in a real-world environment. Planning, designing, estimating, and blueprint reading are also integral parts of the Carpentry program.

Each year, the students in our Carpentry program build a house from the ground up. Just as they would on a commercial construction site, students work side-by-side with the skilled sub-contractors who grade the construction site, pour concrete, and install plumbing and electrical systems.

Students also build, finish, and install custom cabinets according to the design specifications provided by the owner for the kitchen and bathrooms.

MSC Southeast's Carpentry program graduates can look forward to an improving job market as the construction industry continues to rebound. A 2014 study ranked carpentry among the top 10 high growth, high pay occupations in Minnesota through 2022.

With a shortage of qualified carpenters in the job market, graduates of MSC Southeast's Carpentry program find numerous job opportunities. Minnesota State College Southeast offers diploma and associate degree programs in carpentry, and also provides certificate programs for carpenters who are seeking additional training.

Major Offerings

Outcomes & Opportunities

Program Learning Outcomes

Program graduates will be able to:

  1. Produce quality carpentry labor working safely under the direction of a construction foreman.
  2. Understand basic carpentry theory and apply the use of hand and power tools of the carpentry trade.
  3. Communicate efficiently with the construction company and its employees.
  4. Produce adequate math skills to be able to solve math related construction problems on site.

Placement & Costs

Program Job Placement: 100%
Estimated Program Costs (PDF)

Career Opportunities

  • Professional Carpenter
  • Construction
  • Sales
  • Lumberyard
  • Commercial & Residential Carpentry
  • Cabinet Making
  • Union Carpentry
  • Construction Management

Transfer Credits

Expand your opportunities. Learn how your credits can transfer between MnSCU colleges and universities.

College Articulated Transfer Agreements

Highlights & Instructors

Program Highlights

  • Opportunities in this field are almost endless. You can take your training in several directions
  • Excellent placement history
  • There is an endless demand for durable, affordable, energy efficient housing.
  • Certificate programs are available for working carpenters who are looking for some additional training


  • Ralph Roemer has been teaching at Minnesota State College Southeast since 1978. He currently maintains ownership of a Residential Construction and Design business which he established in 1973. He received his Bachelor of Science in Vocational Education from Winona State University and a carpentry diploma from Winona Technical College.

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