Sussex County Vocational Technical School District


This program provides students the knowledge and skills for employment in today’s residential, commercial, or industrial construction trades. Students learn the safe and proper operating procedures of basic hand and power tools including the newest technical tools used in the lab or on job-site construction projects. Extensive instruction in trade math, blueprint reading, building layout and theory, and materials and cost estimation is provided in order to enhance students’ overall knowledge and skills required in the carpentry/mill and cabinet trade. 

Students pursuing a Carpentry specialization learn all phases of modern construction through hands-on building projects such as the complete construction of a new home, concrete formwork, and various remodeling projects from actual builder’s specifications.

Students specializing in Mill & Cabinet also learn the technical skills of woodworking and fine craftsmanship. Students learn to cut, shape, mold, and assemble high-grade pieces of furniture and cabinets; to apply custom trim; and to perform other types of construction.

Carpentry teaches students how to be successful in the many aspects of the building trades by combining modern technology with traditional values.

Future Jobs & Career Paths


Residential Carpentry

  • Framing Carpenter
  • Drywall Hanger/Finisher
  • Roofing and Siding
  • Finish Carpenter

Self-Employed Contractor / Commercial Carpentry

  • Tile Setter
  • Cabinet and Formica Carpenter
  • Industrial Carpentry
  • Concrete Formwork
  • Bridge Building

Mill & Cabinet

  • Cabinet Maker
  • Furniture Maker and/or Refinisher
  • Carpenter and/or Trim Carpenter
  • Contractor
  • Custom Woodworker
  • Kitchen Cabinet Installer
  • Craftsperson