Great Plains Technology Center

Carpentry I

Who can attend?


  High School

You will learn to:

  • Build a residential home from design through complete construction
  • Work in all aspects of residential and commercial construction including estimating, framing, roofing, and interior finishing
  • Interpret blueprints and specifications to construct wood products and structures from rough lumber to finish grade

See Course of Study (PDF)


Lawton - Main Campus


This program will introduce you to the theory and skills necessary to enter the high-demand field of carpentry. The construction industry is one of the largest employers in the country and carpenters make up the largest building trades occupation in the industry. Carpenters construct, erect, install, finish and repair structures and fixtures made from wood and other building materials. We combine classroom instruction with hands-on training to enable you to work in the residential construction field as framers, roofers, finish carpenters, trim carpenters or cabinet makers when you graduate. As part of the hands-on training, you will actually build a complete modular house that will be sold in an auction when completed. The proper use of construction equipment, selection of materials, estimating, measuring, blueprint reading, and building code interpretation are stressed, along with the employability skills needed to work well with a construction crew. You will also have the opportunity to compete in the Career Tech SkillsUSA student organization competition in either framing or cabinet making at the regional, state and national levels.

Employment Options

The following list is associated with the approved SOC (Standard Occupational Classification) for this program and does not necessarily represent immediate opportunities; additional training may be required for some options listed.

Carpenter, Construction Carpenter, Cabinet Maker, Carpenter Foreman, Carpentry Foreman, Construction Worker, Foreman, Framer - Approximate pay potential: $13 - $28 per hour. (O*NET source:

Cost of Attendance Summary 

Secondary (High School) Students

  • Tuition: Free
  • Misc. Expenses: $145.00

Post-secondary (Adult) Students

  • Tuition: $2,500.00
  • Misc. Expenses: $145.00

Financial Aid and Scholarships

This program is approved for Federal Financial Aid; scholarships are also available for those who qualify. (See Financial Aid)

Certification Outcomes:

  • Construction Trainee
  • Cabinetmaker Trainee
  • Finish Carpenter
  • Frame Carpenter

Applying for this Program

Clayton Snodgrass, Carpentry Instructor

Clayton Snodgrass
Carpentry  Instructor


Great Plains Technology Center
4500 SW Lee Blvd.
Lawton, OK 73505

Useful Information

Program Begins

August & January

"What I enjoy most about teaching at Great Plains is preparing students to go into the workforce and be successful in life."
Clayton Snodgrass, Instructor