Carpentry Video from the "I Built This" competition.



Jon Mersinger   

Professional Experience: 

  • Over 30 years in carpentry field
  • Master Carpenter with experience in the residential and commercial construction industries
Specialized Training:
  • National Center for Construction Education and Research Carpentry and Construction Management Instructor
  • Certified Project Management Professional
  • B.S. – Secondary Education – University of Maryland, College Park



Carpentry provides instruction in techniques used in commercial and residential construction.  The course will include all aspects of construction from vacant lot to the finished product.  Emphasis is placed on the coordination between vendors and other trades people who supply services needed at site for a completed project.  The course also includes estimating prices relating to consumers and trades people, interpreting blueprints, and applied math.

OSHA-10 certification will be offered.

Major Topics


  • Floor framing and construction
  • Roof framing and construction
  • Blueprint reading
  • Exterior and interior finishing
  • Hand and power tools
  • Wall and ceiling framing
  • Wood building materials, fasteners, and adhesives

PREREQUISITES- 94% attendance and 2.0 GPA in academic level class

6 credits Mods 2-4: Junior Year, Sem 2 & Senior Year, Sem 1

FROM THE PROGRAM OF STUDIES-  To see the most recent information go to the current Carroll County Program of Studies


Learn more about ONE of the careers in this field: Residential Carpenter

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Abilities/qualities needed

Be here and ready to work:

  • Attend consistently (vital since experience/practice in the shop CANNOT be duplicated at home)
  • Desire to graduate and gain skills in the construction/maintenance industry
  • Be dependable and have a strong work ethic


  • Follow safety guidelines without being reminded
  • Be alert and aware of what’s going on around them (safety)
  • Be able to manipulate tools (sharp, industrial, heavy) in a safe and precise manner

Real-life experience:

  • Have physical stamina to stand for long periods of time (squat, bend, climb, and lift)
  • Work consistently on physically demanding tasks for 1-2 hours each day Persevere when faced with a challenge
  • Handle exposure to loud noises
  • Climbing ladders and scaffolding
  • Tolerate dust and smells (paint, lacquer, stains)
  • Take exposure to cold and warm working conditions

Real-Life Skills

  • Work independently and as a team
  • Ability to follow multi-step directions
  • Perform repeated actions accurately and precisely
  • Communicate well and have social skills to be able to work with others on projects
  • Have/use hand and eye coordination
  • Have/use manual dexterity to complete tasks
  • Exhibit professional behavior
  • Use math skills and problem solving skills to complete tasks
College and career ready


Carpentry partners with these schools- Students can earn college credits in this program through our agreements with these colleges:

  • Penn College of Technology – TBD
  • The Community Colleges of Baltimore County – 6 credits

Contact the college or trade school you plan to attend and find out if you can earn credits or advanced standing at their institution!


OUR program is certified- Certification shows that you have the skills and knowledge for your career field.  This adds value to a your high school experience by allowing students to have proof of their abilities that would take time and money AFTER they graduate.

  •  CCCTC provides OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) training.  Students can obtain their OSHA-10 Certification during their first semester at CCCTC. 
  • The Carpentry program is certified by NCCER© (The National Center for Construction Education and Research)  Students can earn their Academic Craft Core Skills Certification (through ABC Cumberland Valley Chapter).


Get a jump start on college- Use college level texts to earn college credit while having the training, skills, and experience that most high school graduates do not get until they are well into their college major.  This program gives you the opportunity to practice with industry grade equipment/scaffolding, read blueprints accurately, plan and manage projects, and experience residential carpentry before you go to college.  


Start your career NOW- Work with industry grade technology that our local business partners use every day and become certified by OSHA.  This shows employers you are trained in construction and have the skills industry is looking for in residential carpentry.  These skills allow the best students to come back as CCCTC interns or find an internship at a local businesses. 



ENTRY LEVEL- With CCCTC start a career right after high school

  • General Carpenter
  • Building maintenance

TECHNICAL LEVEL- CCCTC and a 2 year associates degree or trade school degree 

  • Residential carpenters typically specialize in single-family, townhome, and condominium
  • Commercial carpenters typically build and remodel commercial office buildings, hospitals, hotels, schools, and shopping malls
  • Industrial carpenters typically work on civil engineering projects and in industrial settings, where they build scaffolding and create and set forms for pouring concrete
  • Building Finish Contractors
  • Building Inspector
  • Contractor
  • Home Remodeling
  • Set Designer (Plays or Movie Sets)

PROFESSIONAL LEVEL- CCCTC and a four year degree that you will be well prepared to complete

  • Construction project manager
  • Site Forman
  • Instructor




Brief video

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NCCER© (The National Center for Construction Education and Research): Certification by this agency assures parents and students that the skills we teach are relevant and important in today's job market.  A program's certifications must be renewed  every three years through an onsite evaluation of the program. 

Penn College of Technology and Baltimore Community College- have an agreements with CCCTC based on the college's requirements for curriculum, faculties, and instructor that are reviewed and renewed periodically to guarantee that students are getting the equivalent instruction at CCCTC that would be expected in class at that institution.  Credits are awarded based on that agreement.

PROFESSIONAL ADVISORY COUNSEL  By Federal and state regulations each program has a group of local business and educational institutions that periodically meets to discuss  the programs curriculum and facility to make sure current trends in technology and skills are being taught so that students are prepared for the ever changing career requirements for that industry.