Program information

Carpentry student
Masonry student

Located in Downtown Utica at the Construction and Trades Center, 335 Catherine St., MVCC’s Carpentry and Masonry Certificate program is ideal for those wishing to enter the construction field.

The two-semester program combines lectures with labs and on-site sessions to provide practical applications of the trades. In addition to learning about various construction materials, tools, and techniques, students learn how to work efficiently and safely on construction sites. Students get hands-on carpentry experience building foundations, floors, walls, stairs, residential roofs, and structure interiors and exteriors, including windows and skylights, interior and exterior doors, frames and walls, thermal barriers, and sound insulation. Masonry courses cover the fundamental concepts of concrete construction, mortar and block construction, and brick masonry. Students also learn to read blueprints and organize formal estimates for residential structures using actual working drawings and specifications. They graduate prepared to communicate within the construction industry and work effectively as part of a work crew.

Graduates of the program can find employment as carpenters or masons, and some graduates start their own businesses.

See a semester-by-semester certificate plan.

Our program in the news

Each semester, MVCC’s Carpentry and Masonry Program seeks out community projects in which the students are able to practice their trade in the real world with faculty guidance. These projects provide support to the community while enriching the students' learning experience.

Here are some news stories about MVCC Carpentry and Masonry students helping the community:

Skills for Success Program a True Partnership for MVCC, Rescue Mission

Rebuilding Homes, Lives in Utica

MVCC Carpentry and Masonry Students Helping Rebuild Utica Home

MVCC Skills for Success Training Program Wins State Award

MVCC Helps Utica Zoo Build New Pole Barn

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