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Construction Carpentry Overview

Overview of Construction Carpentry

Purpose: The Construction Carpentry Technology program will prepare students for a meaningful career in residential and commercial construction. Program completion may lead to placement in an apprenticeship program and/or admission to a postsecondary program. Students will have the opportunity to train at construction sites through work-based learning and student projects. Current and traditional building practices, which meet industry standards, include energy efficient construction, health and safety at the workplace, and maintenance of existing structures. Students will learn the safe and proper use of tools, equipment, and techniques used in the construction industry. Formative and summative assessments will be used to determine student proficiency in hand and power tool operation. Instruction will include proper procedures for constructing residential and commercial projects. Students will complete hands-on projects starting from construction prints to completion.



Introduction to Construction Carpentry Class


Lab 460202

Course Description

This course is the introduction to the construction carpentry industry. The class will emphasize safe and proper methods of operating hand tools, portable power tools, and stationary power tools in the construction industry.


Floor and Wall Framing Class


Lab 460224

Course Description:

The student will practice floor framing, layout, and construction of floor frames. Cutting and installing floor and wall framing members according to plans and specifications will also be practiced.


Ceiling and Roof Framing Class


Lab 460225

Course Description

This course covers roof types and combinations of roof types used in the construction industry. The emphasis of this course is on layout, cutting and installing ceiling joists, rafters, roof decking, and roof coverings.


Site Layout and Foundations Class


Lab 460226

Course Description

Students will prepare materials, calculate the cost for a building site, and layout a site with a transit, locating property lines and corners. Students calculate the amount of concrete needed for footing and foundation walls and construct different types of foundations and forms.


Exterior and Interior Finish


This course presents basic concepts of building trim, gypsum wallboard, paneling, base, ceiling and wall molding with instruction on acoustical ceilings and insulation, wood floors, tile, inlaid adhesive and tools of the flooring trade. This course will continue to refine the techniques and skills taught in the previous carpentry courses. In this course, cost control, speed, and precision are emphasized. In addition, students will demonstrate the skills associated with the exterior finishing of a house.


Important Note:  We offer a variety of pathways and courses to meet the needs of our students.  Therefore, all courses may not be offered each semester.  Also, we work to offer dual credit for any course where a post-secondary institution will honor it; but it is up to the post-secondary institution and not the ATC as to whether a course or student is eligible for dual credit.