Green Building

Program Description

The Green Building-Carpentry program offers courses in carpentry, woodworking, green building, construction leadership and alternative building materials that prepare students to construct, retrofit, manage and maintain buildings for the greatest energy efficiency. Instruction consists of classroom presentations and hands-on training in lab settings and in the building of a residential home. 

In addition to our one-year certificate program, you can also earn three short-term certificates. They include:

  • Basic Carpentry and Concrete Foundations
  • Framing
  • Exterior and Interior Finish

Woodworking and Homebuilding is a cooperative program operated under an agreement with North Olympic Peninsula Skills Center. Operation of the program is contingent on the continuation of that agreement.

Student Learning Outcomes

  • When the Woodworking Homebuilding Program is completed, the student will be able to:
  • Use hand tools and power machinery safely.
  • Perform all aspects of basic carpentry.
  • Research, plan, design, layout, and construct a residential structure.

Green Building

The Green Building program provides students with sufficient skills to construct, retrofit, manage and maintain buildings for the greatest energy efficiency. Instruction consists of classroom presentations and hands-on training in lab settings and in the building of a residential home. This program partners with the North Olympic Peninsula Builder Association, the Future Builders Program, the Construction Center of Excellence and the Clallam Historical Society.

The demand for carpenters with Green Building skills should increase over the next decade. A study conducted by the Washington State Employment Security Department notes that the building construction industry had, at the time of the study, the fourth highest number of green jobs (6,743) in the state.

Career Opportunities

For current employment and wage estimates, please visit http://www.bls.gov/oes/ and search for the relevant occupational term.

In Our Program, Students Will Learn to:

(Student Learning Outcomes)
  • Use hand tools and power machinery safely
  • Perform all aspects of basic carpentry
  • Perform energy efficient tasks on a new residential structure
  • Perform an energy analysis on an existing structure
  • Research, plan, design and implement an energy efficient retrofit plan
  • Develop and design a building retrofit that meets Leadership in Energy Environmental Design (LEED) and International Living Building Institute (ILBI) standards