Carpentry Schedule & Curriculum


CARP 106 Hand Tools and Power Tools 3
CARP 111 Building Materials 3
CARP 116 Site Work and Foundations I 3
CARP 182 Construction Drawings & Blueprint Reading 3
ENG 106 English Composition I 3
MATH 126 Technical Math I
(or Higher Level Math) 3

CARP 156 Floor, Wall, and Ceiling Framing 4
CARP 161 Stair Construction 2
CARP 166 Roof Framing and Materials 3
CARP 176 Exterior and Interior Finish 2
MATH 132 Geometry (or Higher Level Math) 3
CIS 111 Intro to Computer Application 3

CARP 207 Floor Construction 2
CARP 209 Wall Construction 3
CARP 218 Roof Construction 3
CARP 219 Thermal Insulation 1
CARP 222 Exterior Finish and Trim 2
English Elective
(recommend Eng 216 or Eng 221) 3
BUSN 106 Small Business Management 3

CARP 226 Drywall Installation and Finish 1
CARP 257 Stair Trim 2
CARP 267 Interior Finish and Trim 3
CARP 272 Site Work and Foundations II 2
CARP 276 Residential Remodeling 3
Science Elective 3
Humanities Elective 3

HEAL Elective HEAL 106 or HEAL 111 1


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CARP 106 (3 credits)
Hand Tools and Power Tools
This course is a general introduction to the basic tools that are used by a carpenter with an emphasis on safety, proper usage and procedures, and various applications that are most commonly used in the carpentry trades.

CARP 111 (3 credits)
Building Materials
Covering the wide range of building materials used in carpentry, this course examines the many different types of wood products used to the newest technology of steel framing. Proper procedures for estimating these building materials to the variety of fastening methods is also discussed.

CARP 116 (3 credits)
Site Work and Foundations I
In this course, students learn how to set up and operate the builder’s level and level transit. Building layout and excavation of residential construction will be explained, with particular emphasis on building stake-off. Types of footers, foundations, and concrete forming are also explored.

CARP 156 (4 credits)
Floor, Wall, and Ceiling Framing
With a strong emphasis on platform framing, students examine the proper methods of constructing subfloors, walls, and ceilings in the framework of light construction.

CARP 161 (2 credits)
Stair Construction
Students learn the different types of stairways and all parts pertaining to them. They also learn how to calculate, lay out, and construct stairway stringers with their proper landings, risers, treads, and railings.

CARP 166 (3 credits)
Roof Framing and Materials
The different types of roof systems and all the material members that are involved in the different roof types are discussed. Students learn theoretically how to calculate rafters to fit their proper situations and practice laying out and cutting common and hip rafters.

CARP 176 (2 credits)
Exterior and Interior Finish
Students are introduced to the different methods of exterior and interior wall finish and trim work. For exterior walls, particular attention is given to vinyl siding; for interior walls, attention is focused upon drywall. Both thermal and sound insulation are examined to gain an understanding of insulation principles and common installation practices. For interior trim, students practice hanging doors as well as learning proper installation procedures for the large variety of interior trim stock available today.

CARP 182 (3 credits)
Construction Drawing and Blueprint Reading
Students learn how to read and dissect a set of blueprints and become familiar with blueprint symbols and their associations. Students also become very involved in drawing various details from blueprints, such as plan views, elevation views, and section views. This knowledge aids in understanding construction drawings and the many different scales used in current architectural drafting designs.

CARP 207 (2 credits)
Floor Construction
Covers both dimensional and engineered lumber applications. To meet current building designs and codes, students perform installation from a detailed blueprint for sill plates, joists, joist hangers, stair beams, sub flooring, and stair stringer construction.

CARP 209 (3 credits)
Wall Construction
Covers both dimensional and engineered lumber applications. To meet current building designs and codes, students perform installation and layout from a detailed blueprint for wall plates, stud size and spacing, header design and size, and rough opening sizes for window and door schedules.

CARP 218 (3 credits)
Roof Construction
Covers engineered trusses and hand-framed rafters with ceiling joists. The students become familiar with the installation and design criteria of an engineered truss including detailed truss drawings for field applications and the codes applying to field modifications. Students perform layout, cutting, and installing roof rafters from a detailed blueprint including proper ceiling joists, collar ties, and gable overhang construction and codes. Students install roof sheeting and fascia boards.

CARP 219 (1 credit)
Thermal Insulation
Covers the various types of insulation for thermal, noise, and fire protection. Ventilation baffles, vapor barriers, and types of loose fill insulation are detailed. Students perform installation of insulation for wall, ceiling, and fire-stop applications.

CARP 222 (2 credits)
Exterior Finish and Trim
Covers the exterior materials used for siding, roofing, flashing, and aluminum trim. Using accepted methods, students perform siding, soffit, fascia, and fiberglass shingle applications, including proper flashing and counter flashing techniques.

CARP 226 (1 credit)
Drywall Installation and Finish
Covers the types and sizes of drywall installed in construction, as well as proper hanging and finishing. Site techniques are covered. Students perform installation and finishing methods for standard applications.

CARP 257 (2 credits)
Stair Trim
Covers the variety and designs of interior custom stair trim. Students are instructed in the different stair designs, building codes and the perspective trim applications. Students install custom stair trim for an open stair and box stair designs including over the tread skirt board applications.

CARP 267 (3 credits)
Interior Finish and Trim
Covers the various interior painting and staining finishes. The proper wood types and species, finishing methods, and applications are detailed. Details of interior pre-hung doors, window trim including extension jambs and sills are covered. Students perform the installation of a standard trim package.

CARP 272 (2 credits)
Site Work and Foundations II
Covers the details associated with site preparation and foundation inspections for a new building. Specifics are for lot size, set back, right of way, and building location. Work includes using various instruments for batter board installations, excavation of foundation, locating footer elevation, and forming and pouring footers. Locating, forming, and pouring of sidewalks and exterior porches.

CARP 276 (3 credits)
Residential Remodeling
Covers the details and techniques used for residential remodeling and restoration. Students perform demolition, and repair and update existing structures to current building codes. The topics covered can include kitchens, bathrooms, flooring and exterior finishes.