The nationally and internationally recognized carpentry program at North Bennet Street School (NBSS) has a well-earned reputation for excellence and value. The full-time program offers a stimulating curriculum, supportive environment and master faculty and encourages a commitment to excellence and technical mastery. The intensive, 36-week, full-time course of study allows students to jump-start their carpentry careers and quickly earn a return on their educational investment.
The nine-month, hands-on curriculum trains students to construct and renovate residential and commercial buildings through skilled use of tools and machines, knowledge of efficient procedures and an understanding of construction principles including current and emerging industry standards and building practices.
- Basic math for carpenters
- Identification and measurement of materials
- Blueprint reading
- Proper use of hand and power tools
- Selection of building materials
- Project management and estimating
- Building site preparation and requirements
- Framing procedures including floors, walls and roofs
- Door and window installation
- Exterior and interior finish work
- Stair construction
- Building code requirements
- Students enjoy working on projects in the field.
The Carpentry program’s 13:1 student teacher ratio ensures ample one-to-one instruction and supervision from master carpenters. Students experience the importance of working together on building sites and working quickly, safely and efficiently to satisfy client needs.
The Carpentry program meets in a bench room well suited for lectures, benchwork, and small building projects. The machine and model building shop are shared with the Preservation Carpentry program. In addition, students travel to and participate in on-site construction projects that are selected to meet the curriculum.
Brian Vogt graduated from the North Bennet Street School Preservation Carpentry program in 1994. After graduation, he refined his skills at some of Boston’s finest cabinetry and architectural millwork shops. In 1998, Brian founded VOGT & Company, a residential construction company specializing in custom woodworking, trim carpentry, renovations and historic preservation. Before becoming the lead instructor in the NBSS carpentry program, Brian taught workshops in the NBSS Continuing Education program.
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NBSS Carpentry graduates apply their technical knowledge and skills in both residential and commercial construction. Many work for contractors doing both new and renovation projects including rough and finish work. Individuals new to the field typically begin as carpenter assistants and advance to carpenter and lead carpenter with time and experience. Some graduates find employment in cabinet shops specializing in custom interiors or exhibitions and displays. Other alumni become self-employed contractors. Read more about carpentry careers here.
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“NBSS’s full-time, hands-on approach appealed to me. The Carpentry program provided a fast-paced, intensive understanding about building construction that laid the foundation for my career.”
Peter Feinmann ’83
President, Feinmann, Inc.,
an award-winning residential design/build firm
NBSS offers rolling admissions and accepts qualified applicants throughout the year. Successful applicants are dependable, have basic math skills and enjoy physically demanding work. Learn more about the admissions process.
HOURS OF INSTRUCTION, TUITION, TOOLS AND MATERIALS
*The tuition rate is for students entering North Bennet Street School between September 2017 and June 2018.
*** Class hours equals clock hours.