Carpentry courses can be found at many vocational, technical and community colleges. Students learning carpentry through woodworking or building construction technology programs may also have opportunities for internships that facilitate the transition from school to a job in carpentry or construction. Classes are offered in many areas, from hand-building furniture and cabinets to large-scale construction projects.
Here are a few common concepts taught in carpentry classes:
- Materials and tools
- Safety standards
- Construction methods
- Measuring and drawing
- Project planning
- Carpentry math
List of Carpentry Classes
This course introduces students to the craft of creating custom built cabinetry through practical application and classroom instruction. Students begin by learning how to design and build basic box cabinets. Other topics include standard cabinet sizes and specifications, types of lumber and sheet material, basic terminology, joinery techniques and safety operations. Students work on their own or with others to create a variety of projects such as kitchen cabinets, built-in shelves or closet storage units.
Stair Design Course
Students learn about the design, layout and construction of box and open stringer staircases. Coursework covers tread and riser installation, construction mathematics, drawing and building code requirements. The design and millwork of handrails is also addressed.
The curriculum of this course addresses different kinds of roofs, such as hip roofs, gable roofs and valley intersections. Students learn about the commonly-used wood roofing products. Other topics include measuring and cutting of framing materials, load specifications, span requirements and materials estimation.
Residential Remodeling Course
Designed for students interested in becoming contractors or carpenters, this course introduces the process of remodeling a home from start to finish. Coursework provides an opportunity for students to work on construction sites performing carpentry work on various remodeling projects, such as basement or attic conversions or renovations to existing areas. Students learn skills in scheduling, materials estimation, planning and demolition.
Residential Framing Course
Students learn the basics of residential house framing, including layout techniques, roof and wall framing, planning for windows and doors and the pouring of a foundation. Following classroom instruction in basic carpentry math and materials estimation, students have the opportunity to employ their carpentry skills by working together on a residential building project. Teamwork, workplace ethics, craftsmanship and punctuality are emphasized in the practical portion of the course.