Residential Construction

Residential Construction

Carpentry Technical Standards

Technical Standards for Admissions, Progression, and Graduation

The following technical standards describe the non-academic qualifications required for entrance to, continuation in, and graduation with a Cabinetmaking or Carpentry and Masonry certificate or an Associate in Occupational Studies (AOS) or Associate in Applied Science (AAS) degree in Carpentry and Building Trades from SUNY Delhi. Candidates must be able to meet these minimum standards with or without reasonable accommodation for successful completion of certificate/degree requirements.

Thinking Skills

General: Apply proper principles and techniques to carpentry, cabinet-making, and residential construction projects.


  • Understand textbooks, handouts, and safety procedures.
  • Understand/interpret blueprints and construction plans.
  • Interpret symbols, legends, and other information on construction drawings.
  • Extract information from a set of construction drawings.
  • Do mathematical calculations.
  • Take accurate measurements and do conversions.
  • Estimate the amount of materials and labor needed for a project.
  • Visualize two and three-dimensional objects.

Sensory/Observation Skills

General: Assess the quality of carpentry work.


  • Determine readings on devices such as tape measures, framing and adjustable squares, and builders' levels and transits.
  • Select proper tools and materials for specific purposes.
  • Use sensory cues to do proper constructing, installing, and finishing work.
  • Judge distance and spatial relationships of objects.

Motor Skills

General: Possess sufficient physical strength, stamina, flexibility, and dexterity to perform carpentry related work.


  • Operate necessary tools and equipment properly.
  • Do physical labor for prolonged periods.
  • Work at varying heights.
  • Lift and transport equipment and materials as necessary.

Communication Skills

General: Communicate to gather and convey information.


  • Obtain necessary information from oral and written sources.
  • Express information coherently.
  • Document work accurately.

Behavioral Skills

General: Behave appropriately and safely in a shared-learning environment.


  • Work independently with periodic supervision.
  • Work cooperatively with partners and groups.
  • Follow through with individual and shared responsibilities.
  • Exercise good judgment.
  • Follow proper safety procedures.

Environmental Tolerance

General: Function safely in a carpentry shop environment.


Work for prolonged periods amidst:

  • Extreme noise
  • Sharp tools and materials
  • Electrical equipment
  • Chemicals and toxins
  • Dust, heat, and fumes
  • Machinery with moving parts
  • Moving objects and vehicles
  • Slippery or uneven surfaces
  • Variations in lighting
  • Extreme outdoor temperatures