Classes in Carpentry

Carpenters repair and construct building structures and frameworks; such as doorframes, rafters, stairways and partitions, to name a few. Carpenters are most often involved in the construction industry, from building bridges and highways to building and installing kitchen cabinets. They work both outdoors and indoors, many times doing strenuous work. Most carpenters learn their trade through formal apprenticeships, but many have learned their trade at a technical school. We will cover some of the carpentry classes you can expect to take at these schools. While many students go to a technical school after high school, there are also high school magnet programs that teach carpentry classes as well.

Carpentry Class Descriptions

Introduction and Exploratory Carpentry Class: Students will be introduced to the basics of safety and sanitation, as well as care and use of power tools, hand tools and stationary equipment. Methods of fabrication are initiated with an introduction to wood types and their quality and applications. Students start with small woodworking projects, which lead up to more complex assignments. Math, reading, writing and vocabulary related to the field of carpentry will be covered as well as blueprint reading and science classes.

Millwork/Cabinetry Class: This class is designed to provide would- be carpenters with practical information in the art of cabinetmaking. It builds on the knowledge acquired in the introduction to carpentry class and provides students with the introductory-level skills necessary in the cabinet industry, using both practice and theory methods. Reinforced throughout the class is safety, advanced power tools and stationary machinery. Students must be able to demonstrate the application of sound safety practices, the ability to use and identify hand tools appropriately, a basic knowledge on operating stationary equipment, as well as the ability to identify construction materials and common fasteners. Students will also be required to demonstrate their cabinetmaking skills, perform clean-up and debris removal as well as knowing the common trade ethics and workplace readiness. Students will work on their own and/or with a group to create a variety of cabinetry projects. They will need to know standard cabinet sizes and specifications.

Stair Design Class: Students will learn about the design, layout and construction of box and open stringer staircases. Class work covers riser and tread installation, construction mathematics, building codes and drawing requirements. Students will also learn about design and millwork of stairway handrails.

Roofing Class: This class addresses different types of roofs, such as gable roofs, hip roofs and valley intersections. Students will learn about the roofing products that are commonly-used, as well as the measuring and cutting of framing materials, span requirements, load specifications and material costing.

Residential Remodeling Class: This class is designed for students interested in becoming contractors or carpenters. It is an introduction to the process of remodeling a home from start to finish. The class work provides an opportunity for students to work on construction sites, performing work on various remodeling projects. These projects include things like attic and basement conversions or renovations to existing homes. In this carpenter class students learn skills in estimation, scheduling, materials, planning and demolition.

Framing Class - Residential: In this carpentry class students will learn the basics of residential house framing; including layout techniques, wall and roof framing, planning for windows and doors, as well as the pouring of a foundation. Students will work together on a residential building project, using their new knowledge and skills in carpentry and materials estimation. Emphasized in the practical portion of the class is workplace ethics, teamwork, punctuality and craftsmanship.

While each school and program may have different classes, the above mentioned carpentry classes are some you can expect to take at most of them.