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Carpentry

Program Description

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 of an entry-level residential carpenter or entry-level commercial carpenter.

Nature of the Work

Carpenters construct, erect, install, and repair structures and fixtures made from wood and other materials. Carpenters are involved in many different kinds of construction, from the building of highways and bridges to the installation of kitchen cabinets.

Each carpentry task is somewhat different, but most involve the same basic steps.Working from blueprints or instructions from supervisors, carpenters first do the layout—measuring, marking, and arranging materials—in accordance with local building codes. They cut and shape wood, plastic, fiberglass, or drywall using hand and power tools, such as chisels, planes, saws, drills, and sanders. They then join the materials with nails, screws, staples, or adhesives. In the last step, carpenters do a final check of the accuracy of their work with levels, rules, plumb bobs, framing squares, and surveying equipment, and make any necessary adjustments. Some materials come prefabricated, allowing for easier and faster installation.

Employment

Carpenters are employed throughout the country in almost every community and make up the second largest building trades occupation.They held about 1.3 million jobs in 2008.

About 32 percent worked in the construction of buildings industry, and about 22 percent worked for specialty trade contractors. Most of the rest of wage and salary carpenters worked for manufacturing firms, government agencies, retail establishments, and a wide variety of other industries.About 32 percent of all carpenters were self-employed. Some carpenters change employers each time they finish a construction job. Others alternate between working for a contractor and working as contractors themselves on small jobs, depending on where the work is available.

Job Outlook

Employment of carpenters is expected to increase by 13 percent during the 2008–18 decade, as fast as the average for all occupations. Population growth over the next decade will stimulate some growth in the construction industry over the long run to meet people’s housing and other basic needs. Energy conservation will also stimulate demand for buildings that are more energy efficient, particularly in the industrial sector.The home remodeling market also will create demand for carpenters. Moreover, construction of roads and bridges should increase the demand for carpenters in the coming decade. Much will depend on spending by the Federal and State governments, as they attempt to upgrade and repair existing infrastructure, such as highways, bridges, and public buildings.

Earnings

In May 2008, median hourly wages of wage and salary carpenters were $18.72.The middle 50 percent earned between $14.42 and $25.37.The lowest 10 percent earned less than $11.66, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $33.34.

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2010-11 Edition, Carpenters, on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/oco/ocos201.htm


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There are no available degrees at this time, please check back with us regularly as new programs are added regularly.


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Carpentry Diploma (50 hrs)
core courses
ENGL 1010 Fundamentals of English I
3
MATH 1012 Foundations of Mathematics
3
EMPL 1000 Interpersonal Relations and Professional Development
2
 
Carpentry
occupational courses
COFC 1000 Safety
2
COFC 1010 Introduction to Construction
2
COFC 1020 Professional Tool Use & Safety
3
COFC 1030 Materials and Fasteners
2
COFC 1050 Constr Print Reading Fund
3
CARP 1070 Site Layout Footing&Foundation
3
CARP 1105 Floor and Wall Framing
4
CARP 1110 Ceiling&Roof Framing Covering
6
CARP 1112 Exterior Finishes and Trim
4
CARP 1114 Interior Finishers I
5
COMP 1000 Introduction to Computers
3
Completion of one of the two specializations required.
 
Residential
occupational courses
CARP 1190 Interior Finishes II
2
CARP 1210 Cornice and Soffit
1
CARP 1260 Stairs
2
Specialization
 
Commercial
occupational courses
CARP 1310 Doors and Door Hardware
2
CARP 1320 Site Dev ConcreteForm&Reinforc
4
Specialization
 


View Available TCCs
Framing Carpenter: FC71
CARP 1070 Site Layout Footing&Foundation
3
CARP 1105 Floor and Wall Framing
4
CARP 1110 Ceiling&Roof Framing Covering
6
 
Certified Contruction Worker: CCW1
COFC 1000 Safety
2
COFC 1010 Introduction to Construction
2
COFC 1020 Professional Tool Use & Safety
3
COFC 1030 Materials and Fasteners
2
COFC 1050 Constr Print Reading Fund
3
 
Site Layouts, Footings and Foundation: SL11
COFC 1000 Safety
2
COFC 1010 Introduction to Construction
2
COFC 1020 Professional Tool Use & Safety
3
COFC 1030 Materials and Fasteners
2
COFC 1050 Constr Print Reading Fund
3
CARP 1070 Site Layout Footing&Foundation
3
 
Finish Carpenter: FC31
CARP 1112 Exterior Finishes and Trim
4
CARP 1114 Interior Finishers I
5
CARP 1190 Interior Finishes II
2
CARP 1210 Cornice and Soffit
1
 




*All program information subject to change without notice.

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Program Admission Information

High school diploma or GED Required for admission.

COMPASS SCORES
Min. Scores
Writing
Reading
Pre-Algebra
Algebra
Degree
Diploma
32
70
26
N/A



Instructors & Faculty

Barnette, Wayne