Carpentry is a skilled trade in which the primary work performed is in the use of wood to construct items as large as buildings and as small as desk drawers. Students will develop skills and the technical knowledge to layout, fabricate, frame, and install/repair structures and fixtures using hand and power tools. Students will have the opportunity to work for local nonprofit and community-based organizations, which provides valuable real-life experience.

Technical Skills:

Wood framing • Metal framing • Interior finishes, including drywall, trim, and finishes • Exterior finishes, including insulation and roofing • Building site layout and estimating  • CNC Machining • Blueprint drawing via CADD based system • Project Management software • Basic cabinetmaking

Professional Skills:

Social and Communication skills • Teamwork • Professional Attitude • Initiative and Self-motivation • Problem Solving • Interview Skills • Client Interactions

Career Opportunities or Field Positions:

Carpenter • Carpenter Apprentice • Cabinet Maker • Wood Machinist • Home Improvement Installer

What Certifications can I earn?

OSHA Certification • Associated Builders and Contractors CORE Training and Certification • Hilti Powder Actuated Fastener System • Hilti Epoxy Anchor Installation Certification • Hilti Firestopping Solutions • NCCER Credentials

What College Credits can I earn?

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Program Requirements & Expectations:

Reading and math skills are very important. Students should be at grade level in these areas.

Uniform Requirements:

A blue or gray CareerTech t-shirt is required. In addition, the following CareerTech items may also be purchased: sweatshirt, hooded sweatshirt (no strings), black embroidered ¼ zip sweatshirt (special order), or flannel (blue or gray). Uniforms may be ordered online or purchased at the school store.

Jeans or work pants without holes.

Work boots (steel toe not required)

Out-of-Pocket costs:

School Uniform

Todd Swan

Mr. Swan is a CareerTech alumnus of the Carpentry program. His industry experience in commercial construction includes working as carpenter, superintendent, project manager, and business owner. He has received several certifications from NAHB, including Green Building and Business Management, and Construction Development Technologies from CSI. Mr. Swan also received the Associated Builders and Contractors Craft Instructor of the Year award.