The Carpentry program is a Chapter 74 approved course of study offering a comprehensive competency based curriculum aligned with the Massachusetts Department of Education Vocational Technical Education Frameworks – Construction Cluster – Carpentry. First year students focus in the classroom and shop on developing basic carpentry-related skills. Students begin by mastering basic carpentry competencies, such as ruler reading, workplace safety, and operation of both hand and power tools. Building site preparation follows, including transit set up, calculating grade elevations, properly situating the building and the construction of batter boards.
Students will advance through the curriculum learning modular layout techniques for residential concrete installation and wood framing. Hands-on practice is combined with related written and computational skills development such as, but not limited to, cost estimating, blue print reading and materials take-off calculation. Students combine this curriculum with manipulative skills development associated with shop tools through a series of on-campus projects such as personal toolboxes, sawhorses, etc.
Upon successful completion of the first year curriculum students have the opportunity to study one of the following:
Off-campus projects: These projects range from partial or whole buildings to small renovations such as porches. This exposes students to all aspects of the building industry including compliance with building codes, city ordinances, OSHA regulations, scheduling with other sub-contractors and meeting deadlines, and contact with building inspectors.
Architectural Woodworking: Students will follow a course of study that incorporates the standards of the Architectural Woodworkers Institute (A.W.I.) as it relates to the commercial side of interior finish work. Related theory and hands-on training will expose students in areas of wood types, laminating, veneers, casework (cabinets), stair parts, moldings and many other areas of millwork.
– Using industry standards students will learn the following competencies:
– Integrated academics through project based learning
– Create a portfolio
– Recognize career pathway opportunities
– Interact safely in a shop environment
– Incorporate the use of industry standard technology and software
– Read, understand, and communicate in the language of the field
– Organize and research information
– Develop a professional appearance, exemplary work ethic and superior communication skills
– Develop customer relations
– Determine customers needs and process work orders
– Use technology to seek diagnostic techniques and repair procedures, parts information and labor rates