Carpentry Level I

This career major will introduce students to the theory and skills necessary to enter the high-demand field of carpentry. The construction industry is one of the largest employers in the country and carpenters make up the largest building trades occupation in the industry. Carpenters construct, erect, install, finish and repair structures and fixtures made from wood and other building materials. This career major combines classroom instruction with hands-on training to enable graduates of the program to work in the residential construction field as framers, roofers, finish carpenters, trim carpenters or cabinet makers. As part of the hands-on training in this career major, students will actually build a complete modular house that will be sold in an auction when completed. The proper use of construction equipment, selection of materials, estimating, measuring, blueprint reading, and building code interpretation will be stressed along with the employability skills needed to work well with a construction crew. Students will have the opportunity to compete in the Career Tech SkillsUSA student organization competition in either framing or cabinet making at the regional, state and national levels.