The carpentry program develops student skills for eventual entry-level career opportunities upon graduation. Safety is of paramount importance and students begin their training with a strong foundation of safety measures and build upon those critical skills for the entire time in the carpentry program.
This program at SCVTHS is a comprehensive course of study that incorporates all aspects of building and construction. Students will be able to explore a full range of construction trades and gain skills in blueprint reading, masonry and foundations, carpentry and framing, siding, roofing, and finish work such as spackling, painting, flooring, and millwork.
Students will be exposed to the entire construction project from pouring a foundation to the finishing touches of flooring, molding, and painting. Students begin with an introduction to hand tool skills and the applied safety measures.
At the completion of the four years in Carpentry, students will have successfully achieved the skills to work in a variety of construction fields and osha certifications.
Wherever you live, buildings (from homes to offices to schools) likely surround you. Each of these structures stands because of skilled trades workers known as carpenters. These trained professionals are also partly responsible for building bridges, roads, and other large-scale projects.
A carpenter is someone who builds and repairs residential, commercial, or industrial structures. These structures can range from homes to commercial buildings to roads and can include individual components such as cabinets, staircases, doorframes, building foundations, and much more. And, although you may think that this occupation only requires physical strength and basic technical skills, carpentry actually requires a strong foundation of specialized expertise and experience in order to ensure that all jobs are completed in accordance with local, state, and national building codes.
Within the profession, there is a wide range of titles that can come along with the job. If you are considering this field, then check out some of the positions you could land:
- Residential carpenter specialist
- Pile driver
- Floor coverer (aka floor layer)
- Interior systems carpenter
- Drywall applicator specialist
- Acoustical carpenter specialist
- Lathe specialist
As you gain experience within the industry, you could advance into managerial positions such as:
- Crew leader
- Lead hand
- Site manager
- Project manager
- Job coordinator
- Job planner
- Safety director
A typical day in the profession can include a broad range of tasks that begin at the initial conception of a project and extend through to the final inspection. On any given day, a construction carpenter might handle tasks in these areas:
Planning and Administration
- Conceptualize building projects
- Sketch, or otherwise illustrate, construction drawings
- Read and interpret blueprints and building plans
- Identify and calculate the types and amounts of materials needed
- Calculate the labor requirements to complete the project
- Develop and present budgets, quotes, and deadlines
- Obtain work permits and file appropriate documents
- Maintain records
- Prepare progress reports
Building and Construction
- Select, lay out, and construct building footings and foundations
- Build, plumb, and brace concrete forms
- Lay out and install floor joists
- Frame walls and ceiling joists using wood or metal studs
- Assemble, erect, and sheath interior and exterior walls
- Lay out, frame, erect, and sheath gable and hip roofs
- Install panels for built-up, lap seam, and standing seam roofs
- Install interior and exterior windows and doors
- Lay out and build interior and exterior stair units
- Choose and install insulation materials and vapor barriers
- Install exterior wall insulation and flashing materials
- Install fiberglass and wood roofing shingles, as well as wood shakes
- Install suspended ceilings and other ceiling systems
Renovation, Remodeling, and Restoration
- Affix wood, vinyl, and metal siding to exterior walls
- Apply stucco, masonry veneer, and other exterior finishes
- Complete roofing jobs by closing up valleys and ensuring watertight seals
- Finish drywall surfaces using compounds, joint reinforcing tapes, and other materials
- Measure, cut, and install interior moldings around floors, doors, windows, and ceilings
- Build, lay out, and install kitchen base and wall cabinets, countertops, and backsplashes
- Install bathroom fixtures and other finishing items
- Build and finish closets and architectural details
- Lay carpet, hardwood flooring, laminate flooring, tile, and other flooring materials
- Paint and apply wallpaper and other surface finishes
This is just a sampling of the items that can make up the job description. If you choose to focus on a specific area of carpentry, you could also perform many other tasks.
Additionally, many carpenters who take on remodeling or restoration jobs will not only be responsible for these types of tasks from a construction point of view, but also from a repair one. So, you will not only need to know how to install or build items, but also how to fix everything from damaged drywall to old roofs to uneven floors.
Some people also take the alternative path of becoming a "piecework carpenter", a term which refers to a craftsperson who builds and repairs items, rather than structures. This can include someone who focuses on creating furniture, cabinets, and other such items.
The National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER)
The National Association of State Directors of Career Technical Education Consortium (NASDCTEc)
United Brotherhood of Carpenters (UBC)