Carpentry/Construction

Objective of Field

The Carpentry/Construction Technology curriculum provides excellent preparation for those whose career goals include becoming a Carpenter, Equipment Operator, Mason, Architect, Foreman, Project Manager, Estimator, Project Engineer, Heavy Highway Worker, and Business Owner.


Job Duties

  • Students will work in groups to build a one-story home
  • Students will also work on various projects from cabinetry to assorted types of finish work

Certification Tests

  • 10 Hour Construction OSHA Card
  • 10 Hour General Industry OSHA Card
  • Forklift Certification
  • National Home Builders Association

Planned Courses

  • Safety
  • Tool Safety
  • Materials and Fasteners
  • Blueprints
  • Concrete
  • Framing
  • Roofing
  • Exterior Finish
  • Interior Finish
  • Stair Framing
  • Cabinets and Countertops

Employment/Job Outlook

Employment of carpenters is projected to grow 20 percent from 2010 to 2020, faster than the average for all occupations. Population growth should result in new-home construction—the largest segment employing carpenters—which will stimulate the need for many new workers. Demand for carpenters is expected to be driven by home remodeling needs as well. 

The need to repair and replace roads and bridges also will spur some employment growth for carpenters. Much of this growth, however, depends on spending by federal and state governments as they attempt to upgrade existing infrastructure.  

Construction of factories and powerplants also may result in some new jobs.

Industry

2-Year Associates Degree

4-Year Union Apprentice

Entry-Level Carpenter Roofer
Framing Carpenter
Finish Carpenter
Foreman/Manager
Drywaller
Mason

Building Construction Technology
Architectural Designs

Operator
Commercial Carpenter
Residential Carpenter
Drywaller/Steel Framing
Mason
Floor Layer
Piledriver


How to Find Out More

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Additional Info

Recommendations for Success

  • Size and shape discrimination
  • Able to withstand outside elements and tolerate heights
  • Structural and mechanical visualization/reasoning skills
  • Manual dexterity including fine motor skills
  • Excellent eye-hand-foot coordination
  • Physical stamina; able to lift 50 lbs or more
  • Tolerate loud working environments
  • Able to work in confined spaces
  • Follow safety rules and precautions
  • Reasoning skills – both inductive and deductive
  • Good attendance
  • Homework completion
  • Measure in both fractions and decimals
  • Ability to tolerate cold and hot temperatures