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Carpentry - Technical Diploma

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  • Course description
    Overview — Carpentry is a two-semester technical diploma program designed to prepare you for employment in the construction of residential and commercial structures. The curriculum consists of reading construction drawings and learning about the materials commonly used by carpenters. Practical experience is given in the use of power and hand tools used by carpenters.

    Career Outlook — As long as structures are built and remodeled, there will be a need for carpenters. Houses are just one type of building that carpenters work on. Shopping centers, office complexes and hotels are other structures requiring their skills. Graduates of the program may obtain employment as carpenters, carpenter apprentices, rough carpenters, form carpenters, carpenter’s helpers and finish carpenters.

    Program Learning Outcomes — Employers expect you as a graduate of the program to be able to:
    • Read blueprints and follow directions
    • Identify construction materials and use those materials properly
    • Climb ladders and work on scaffolds
    • Use power saws and other construction equipment
    • Assemble materials according to layout markings
    Preparation for Admission — The following is required for admission to the program:
    • Demonstration of proficiency in basic skills through a course placement assessment
    High school drafting and construction courses are desirable. To be successful in the program, you will need to be able to work on ladders and scaffolds, and work outdoors in all kinds of weather. Manual dexterity is a must. A high school diploma or GED is recommended.

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