Carpentry

Program Overview

The Carpentry, Diploma program is a sequence of courses that prepares students for careers in the carpentry industry. Learning opportunities develop academic, occupational, and professional knowledge and skills required for job acquisition, retention, and advancement. The program emphasizes a combination of carpentry theory and practical application necessary for successful employment. Program graduates receive a carpentry diploma and have the qualifications for an entry level residential carpenter or entry level commercial carpenter.

Entrance Requirements

Admission Requirements

  • Must be 16 years of age
  • Completion of high school diploma or GED and submission of official transcript required to apply
  • Achievement of minimum program admission scores in Reading, English, and Math
  • Transfer of previous post secondary credits will be determined by the registrar
  • Student Performance/Graduation Requirements: Students must maintain a 2.0 grade point average and complete all required courses to graduate

 

 

Course Overview

Contact Hours
Credit Hours
Curriculum (50 hours)
Basic Skills Courses (8 hours)
3
45
Emphasizes the development and improvement of written and oral communication abilities. Topics include analysis of writing, applied grammar and writing skills, editing and proofreading skills, research skills, and oral communication skills.
Emphasizes human relations and professional development in today\'s rapidly changing world that prepares students for living and working in a complex society. Topics include human relations skills, job acquisition skills and communication, job retention skills, job advancement skills, and professional image skills.
Emphasizes the application of basic mathematical skills used in the solution of occupational and technical problems. Topics include fractions, decimals, percents, ratios and proportions, measurement and conversion, formula manipulation, technical applications, and basic statistics.
Technical Courses (36 hours)
Introduces the concepts and practices of basic site layout, footings, and foundation construction. Students will use layout equipment for onsite laboratory practice. Topics include: zoning restrictions and codes, batter board installation, builder\'s level, squaring methods, footings, plot plan interpretation, materials estimation, foundation types, foundation forms, edge forms, waterproofing, soil testing and excavation.
4
75
This course provides instruction in floor and wall materials and materials estimation, framing production of walls and partitions, and framing production of flooring. Emphasis is placed on practical application of skills. Topics include estimation and computation procedures, rough layouts, and layout and installation procedures.
This course provides instruction in the theory and practical application of skills required to construct ceiling and roof framings and coverings. Topics include systems and materials identification, layout procedures, installation procedures, cost and materials estimation, and safety precautions.
5
120
Introduces materials identification, estimation, and installation procedures for exterior finish and trim materials to include window and door units. Emphasis will be placed on competency development through laboratory practice. Topics include: doors and windows, siding types, materials identification, materials estimation, and installation procedures.
4
90
This course introduces the procedures and methods for identifying materials, cost estimating, and installation of interior finishes and trim. Topics include materials identification, cost estimating, trim, insulation, doors, gypsum wallboard, and paneling used in finishing jobs.
COFC
1000
2
30
This course provides a review of general safety rules and practices giving students information about state and federal regulations including OSHA Hazard Communication Standards and Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS). Emphasis is placed on electrical, fire, lifting, and ladder and scaffolding practices.

This course covers the introduction to a residential construction project from start to finish. 

Topics to include preparing to build, tools andequipment, building foundations, wood frame construction, completing the structure, 

finish carpentry and construction specialties.

This course provides instruction in the use of professional tools for the construction trades. Emphasis will be placed on the safe use of each tool discussed. Topics include layout and measuring tools, cutting tools, sawing tools, drilling and boring tools, finishing and fastening tools, general shop tool use, and job site setup.
2
30
This course introduces the fundamental array of building materials used in residential and commercial construction. Topics include fasteners, wood products, concrete, brick and block, plumbing materials, finishing materials, manufactured products and an introduction to construction cost estimation.
This course introduces the reading and interpretation of prints and architectural drawings for all of the construction trades. Topics include types of plans, scales, specifications, conventions, and schedules.
3
75
Introduces the fundamental concepts, terminology, and operations necessary to use computers. Emphasis is placed on basic functions and familiarity with computer use. Topics include an introduction to computer terminology, the Windows environment, Internet and email, word processing software, spreadsheet software, database software, and presentation software.
Complete One of the Following Specializations (6 hours)
Residential Specialization (6 hours)
2
60
Introduces finish floor coverings for residential construction projects. Emphasis will be placed on identification, estimation and installation of various types of hard and soft floor coverings. This course introduces design, construction and installation of fireplace trim. The course also introduces locating and installing cabinets and millwork. Topics include: identification of flooring materials, flooring estimation procedures, flooring installation procedures, fireplace trim, cabinets and millwork.
CARP
1260
4
60
Provides fundamental instruction in the layout, construction, and installation of various stair types. Topics include: identification of stair types, identification of stair components, riser and tread calculation, stringer layout, and fabrication and installation procedures.
Commercial Specialization (6 hours)
2
60
Provides instruction in the identification and installation of a variety of doors, frames, and door hardware for commercial construction applications. Topics include: door types, door hardware, thresholds, weatherstripping, and overhead doors.
This course provides instruction in the development of construction sites with an emphasis on surveying, materials and processes for concrete forming and usage, and the various methods and materials used in the handling and rigging of steel components.