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 includes 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 such as, but not limited to, cost estimating, blueprint 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 entire 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:
♦ Integrate 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
♦ Safely operate and maintain tools and equipment
♦ Understand and utilize tools of measurements
♦ Understand terminology as it pertains to building codes and city ordinances
♦ OSHA 10 Hour Safety Certification
♦ Exposure to all aspects of the construction industry
♦ Develop skills using hand and power tools in projects from small woodworking to fine cabinetry.
Looking toward the future:
The need for carpenters is expected to grow as construction activity increases in response to the demand for new housing, office buildings, retail space, and for the modernizing and expanding of schools and industrial plants. To become a skilled carpenter usually takes between 3 and 4 years of both on-the-job training and classroom instruction. Carpenters can experience periods of unemployment because of the short-term nature of many construction projects and winter slowdowns in construction activity in north east. Carpenters with all-around skills have better opportunities for steady work than those carpenters who can perform only a few, relatively simple, routine tasks. Carpenters may also be employed outside of the construction industry in a variety of fields including manufacturing, installation, and maintenance.