Ranken’s carpentry school students learn carpentry skills by putting their education to work in the real world.

Does carpentry school sound right for you?

Carpentry (5)You take pride in your craftsmanship – or craftswomanship – and you care about getting the job done right the first time.

You feel at home working with a team to take a project from the planning stage to reality.

You’d rather do physical work in the outdoors than spend your career stuck in an office, sitting at a desk.

Does this sound like you? If so, carpentry school at Ranken could be the path to a successful and rewarding career.

Graduates of Ranken’s Carpentry and Building Construction Technology program are qualified for employment with both unions and non-union building contractors specializing in new construction, home remodeling or in industry maintenance departments.

Why choose Ranken to learn carpentry?

Carpentry (6)If you want to learn carpentry, but aren’t sure how to become a carpenter, Ranken’s carpentry and building construction program may be just what you’re looking for.

We focus on practical experience, giving you at least fifteen hours per week of hands-on training, whether it’s in our large, modern shop space, or out on a real job site.

We also prepare you to hold a job in the field by teaching you about blueprint reading and estimating.

At Ranken, you won’t just learn carpentry, you’ll get real-world experience on a residential job site. In your final two semesters, you’ll take those skills to the job site to build a home through Ranken’s Community Development Corporation (RCDC).

RCDC homes are built using the latest energy-efficient building techniques. Through our participation in Ameren Missouri’s ActOnEnergy ConstructionSavers program and Energy Star inspections, students receive comprehensive instruction in the most up-to-date sustainable construction technologies and techniques.

John H. Davis

Instructor, Full Time

Michael J. Hezel

Instructor, Full Time

At Ranken, you’ll learn how to become a carpenter through hands-on training. The Carpentry and Building Construction Technology program develops student proficiencies in:

  • Manipulating hand and power tools, as well as stationary machinery
  • Completing residential buildings in all stages: foundation, frame, roof, interior and exterior finishing
  • Selecting lumber and building materials
  • Reading/interpreting residential blueprints, shop drawings and building codes