Instruction courses in how to safely use power tools are typically found in certificate, associate's, and bachelor's degree programs in carpentry, interior design, and home remodeling. Classes in the use of power tools for general home repair are also available through non-credit personal enrichment courses that do not lead to a degree.
These power tool repair courses will explore safety issues, materials, and choosing the right tool for each particular repair job. Some courses will go into more detail about how power tools are used for specific repair and maintenance methods for drywall or carpentry.
Here are some common concepts found in power tool repair courses:
- Shaping power tools
- Tool maintenance
- OSHA regulations
- Preparation of surfaces
- Types of sheet-rock
List of Classes
Power Tool Basics Course
A power tool basics class teaches students how to efficiently and safely operate the most common power tools, such as circular saws, power drills and nail guns, to repair simple items around the home or complete a whole remodel. Instructors lead workshops on cutting boards, driving nails, drilling holes and driving screws into drywall, wood and brick. Students identify the parts and functions of power tools and gain practical experience using them.
Hammers can be dangerous enough, but power tools can cause serious damage if not used properly. Students taking a power tool safety course learn the basics of operating power tools safely and making sure everything's clear, no fingers are in the way, goggles are on and heads are covered before using saws, nail guns or power drills. Some classes may show images of power tool usage gone wrong and give students the opportunity to practice using equipment safely.
Tools in Carpentry Course
Individuals taking this course study the tools used in carpentry, including hammers, power tools, saws, levels, tables and sanders. Students use carpentry tools to cut wood, measure an area and make the materials fit. They explore different building materials and learn how to use each in a home remodeling or repair project. Usually, students have the opportunity to practice measuring, cutting and installing wood fixtures to create a small piece of furniture.
Installing Drywall and Plaster Course
Students taking this course learn how to knock down walls and install plaster and drywall to create new walls. Usually, this class includes construction techniques and gives students the opportunity to design and read blueprints. Students learn which tools to use for cutting, nailing and installing the drywall to create a finished home interior wall. They also gain experience using power tools to complete basic repairs or to redo the look of an entire room or home.