Construction Trades

Program Description:

Due to increasing employment opportunities for skilled trades craftsmen, carpentry continues to be a popular career choice. The Carpentry program is designed to assist students in developing the knowledge, attitudes and skills required of carpenters engaged in residential and industrial construction. First-year students develop skills in safety, tool use, material selection and construction techniques. These students demonstrate their skills in lab through competency tests and hands-on construction of a variety of projects. Second-year students apply their knowledge and skills by building a house that meets all required standards and codes. Each house is custom built to customer specifications. Upon successful completion of this program, students will have many employment opportunities.

Areas of Study:

  • Safety and proper use of tools
  • Blueprint reading layout and framing assembly
  • Roofing techniques and materials
  • Stair construction footers and foundations
  • Exterior finish and trim
  • Interior finishing
  • Insulation requirements and application
  • Framing

Professional Certificate Opportunities:

  • OSHA - 10 hour certification

Further Educational Opportunities:

  • Technical training and specialized certifications
  • Apprenticeship programs
  • Associate’s degree in construction management
  • Four-year degree in construction supervision

Leadership Opportunities:

  • SkillsUSA (Vocational and Industrial Clubs of America)
  • National Vocational Technical Honor Society
  • Professional organization membership