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Carpentry Program Curriculum

The Carpentry program shows you the, tools and procedures that are used by construction professionals to complete residential and commercial building projects. You'll learn framing techniques, interior and exterior finishing practices as well as some specialty construction elements.

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Lesson 1: Learning at Ashworth  

The goals and values of Ashworth College; time management; creating a realistic weekly and monthly study schedule; the nature and purpose of assessments; how to study effectively to prepare for and take an online examination; developing the skill sets necessary for success in the twenty-first century.

Lesson 2: Introduction to Construction Technology  

An overview of potential career paths and professional development available for students who formally develop skills and knowledge related to building construction. This lesson includes a summary of math and science concepts important to building professionals as well as applications of modern technologies to the construction workplace. The lesson concludes with an overview of general workplace safety practices and applications of personal protection equipment.

Lesson 3: The Carpentry Profession  

Students will learn about standard career paths available to carpenters and the training process required for those career options. The learner is also introduced to standard safety practices. In addition, the lesson also reviews the work-qualities valued by potential employers.

Lesson 4: Wood and Building Materials  

This lesson covers the common building materials that will be encountered on the job site for standard residential construction. Coverage focuses on wood and engineered wood products, concrete, fasteners and adhesives.

Lesson 5: Blueprints and Building Codes  

A summary of the parts of a standard set of building plans and the knowledge required to interpret plans accurately. Lesson material also describes standard building codes and their common applications as well as the contents and application process for building permits.

Lesson 6: Hand Tools  

An introduction to the standard collection of hand tools used most commonly by professional builders. Instruction covers identification, applications and safe work practices.

Lesson 7: Power Tools  

Continued coverage of tools students will be required to operate on the job site with a focus on portable power tools like circular saws and drills, as well as some standard stationary equipment like table saws. Instruction covers identification, applications and safe work practices.

Lesson 8: Building Layout  

Students will learn the steps required to layout the foundation of the structure that begins the actual building process. Instruction covers both manual techniques using steel tapes and builder's level, as well as more automated methods using transits and laser levels.

Lesson 9: Footings and Foundations  

Lesson coverage includes the materials required to construct common building foundations and footings as well as the ways in which carpenters contribute to the completion of foundation development.

Lesson 10: Framing Floors, Walls, and Ceilings  

Detailed review of the materials, layout and assembly techniques used for constructing walls, floors and ceilings for both single and multi-level structures. Wall framing instruction covers both wood and metal framing, as well as the selection and application of sheathing and housewrap.

Lesson 11: Scaffolds and Ladders  

A summary of the types of ladders and scaffold assemblies students will encounter on the job site. This lesson provides coverage of safe application of both site-built and manufactured scaffolding in addition to mobile scaffolding. Students will also learn to identify, inspect, carry and store common job-site ladders.

Lesson 12: Roof Framing  

Students will continue to expand their knowledge of the framing process by learning the configuration of different roof styles and the layout and assembly used to construct each type of roof. Instruction also includes rafter layout, truss installation and the sheathing process.

Lesson 13: Stair Framing, Insulation, and Ventilation  

This lesson concludes student coverage of framing techniques with instruction on the methods used to construct stair systems. Students will then learn about the materials and installation techniques used to insulate buildings while providing for proper moisture transfer and ventilation.

Lesson 14: Roofing  

Instruction on the terminology, materials, and processes necessary to protect building interiors through the proper application of common roofing materials. Students will learn about asphalt shingles and alternative roofing materials such as wood and tile, the accurate estimation of required materials, and the configurations of gutter systems.

Lesson 15: Windows and Exterior Doors  

Continued coverage of the materials and processes used to enclose residential construction projects. Students will learn about standard window and door styles and the techniques used to properly install them.

Lesson 16: Exterior Finish, Porches and Decks  

The final lesson covering the materials and layout used for weatherizing and customizing building exteriors. Coverage is provided for multiple forms of siding systems in addition to the materials used to construct porches and decks.

Lesson 17: Interior Wall and Ceiling Finish  

Student understanding of the interior finish process beings with the materials, tools and installation practices used to finish interior walls and ceilings. The installation and finishing process for common wall materials such as gypsum is detailed in addition to alternative options like wood paneling and wall tile, as well as ceiling tiles and ceiling systems.

Lesson 18: Interior Doors and Trim  

In this lesson students learn how to complete the finish of a typical room through the installation of doors, and interior moldings.

Lesson 19: Finish Flooring  

Students will learn about the materials, tools, and applied finishes used to create finished floors.

Lesson 20: Cabinets  

The program concludes by providing instruction on the specification, selection and installation of cabinet systems for kitchens and baths including the construction of common cabinet door and drawer assemblies.

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Program Description

The Carpentry program provides students with a basic understanding of the materials, tools and processes used by construction professionals to complete residential and light-commercial building projects. Students learn safe-work practices, hand and power tool identification and operation, basic print reading and building code applications. The program provides detailed coverage of framing techniques, interior and exterior finishing practices as well as some specialty construction elements.

Program Objectives

After completing the Carpentry program, students will be able to:

  1. Describe the career opportunities available in the carpentry profession and identify the key work characteristics of carpentry technicians.
  2. Identify the basic materials and tools used for standard residential construction projects and describe how they are applied as part of the construction process.
  3. Understand the basic concepts and rules of construction safety and list the types of personal protective equipment used by construction technicians to stay safe on the job site.
  4. Identify and describe the essential steps in the framing process used for residential construction projects.
  5. Describe the steps in the process for transmitting building requirements and specifications from construction documents to actual building layout.
  6. List the materials and procedures used to install exterior building protection systems and interior building finish systems.

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