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Do you like building, traveling and being outdoors? Why not consider a career that is fun and offers financial freedom. Carpenters measure, cut and shape wood, plastic, fiberglass and drywall. Commercial and industrial carpenters construct, erect, install and repair structures and fixtures. These carpenters are involved in many different kinds of construction, from buildings to highways and bridges to power plants.

AVERAGE STARTING HOURLY WAGE: $14.00 – $22.00 + Benefits


EDUCATION OPPORTUNITIES: 2-year Technical Degree or AGC Apprenticeship or On-The-Job Training


Carpenter Career Paths

AGC of SD Commercial Carpentry Apprenticeship

AGC of SD Apprenticeship
Earn while you learn. Instead of taking out thousands in college loans, apprentices work and earn a paycheck during their training. AGC’s apprenticeship programs range from 2-4 years. Apprenticeships usually get paid on a graduated scale as their skills and experience increases, and of course learns a trade at the same time. Click here for more information!

Lake Area Technical College

Building Trades Technology
Building a bright future in the construction and carpentry world begins right here at Lake Area Technical College! Do you have a flair for design? A way with a hammer? An eye for detail? Then our Building Trades Technology program might be just what you’re looking for. In only 18 months, your new and diverse career could be a reality. Click here for more information!

Mitchell Technical College

Architectural Design and Building Construction
The Architectural Design and Building Construction program offers students real construction experience to prepare them for the many employment opportunities available in construction. Beginning with a firm foundation in drafting with instruments, and followed by an introduction to computer aided drafting (CAD), students learn to conceptualize the building process. Click here for more information!

Southeast Technical College

Construction Management Technology

Construction Managers, also called project managers or general contractors, oversee a variety of projects in the fast-paced construction industry in Sioux Falls and nationwide. As a Construction Manager from Southeast Technical Institute, you will be a valuable asset on any residential, commercial or industrial project. Click here for more information!

Southeast Tech also offers the following certificates:

  • Commercial Construction Certificate
  • General Construction Certificate
Western Dakota Technical College

Construction Technology

The Construction Technology program will prepare students who plan to enter the growing construction field. This program will include classroom theory, hands-on experience, and internship experiences that allow students to practice what they learn in the classroom. The program will prepare students for a challenging field that is full of opportunities. Click here for more information!