Program Goal and Outcomes
Program Goal: To prepare students for an entry-level career as a carpenter in the residential and light commercial construction fields.
Upon completion of the program, students will be able to:
- Comprehend design techniques and principles in the production and interpretation of basic blueprints and architectural drawings to follow specifications and meet the needs of clients
- Understand composition and usage of construction materials and the processes and tools required for assembly
- Understand measurement methods and mathematical processes necessary to prepare and implement construction-related projects
- Know formulas and their applications to determine quantities and sizes of construction materials and their related installation processes
- Recall established rules and regulations related to the workplace and project requirements
- Recognize how to solve problems by adjusting project plans including types and installation methods of materials and related equipment
Instruction Set 1
Starting Your Program
Succeed by learning how to use your Penn Foster program. Understand how to use your Student Portal, including your My Homepage and My Courses pages; access the Penn Foster Community and use it to find answers; and connect with Penn Foster on various social media sites.
Introduction to Building Trades
Career opportunities in the carpentry industry; demand for skilled workers; professional organizations; safety concerns.
Instruction Set 2
Math for Trades
Basic math skills encountered in the carpentry field.
Practical Exercise 1
Instruction Set 3
Understanding Construction Drawings
Reading blueprints; floor plans; sections and elevations; plot and foundation plans.
Building Codes and Building Layout
Zoning, codes, permits, and inspections required in construction; building layout techniques; use of leveling tools; foundation lines layout.
Lumber, Building Materials, and Fasteners
Types of wood and lumber; how to inspect for quality; types of engineered panels and lumber products; fastening tools.
• Architect's Scale
• Construction Print Set
Supplement: How to Read an Architect's Scale
Practical Exercise 2
Instruction Set 4
Hand Tools and Power Tools
Types of hand tools for layout, boring, fastening, dismantling; types of power tools: saws, drills, drivers, planes, routers, sanders, staplers, and nailers; types of stationary power tools.
Foundations and Concrete Work
Procedures for creating and using concrete; repairing drainage problems; types of foundations.
Textbook: Foundations and Concrete Work
Practical Exercise 3
Instruction Set 5
Types of frame construction; layout and construction of the floor frame; preventing termite attacks.
Exterior and Interior Wall Framing and Stair Framing (includes ladder and scaffolding instruction)
Procedures, tools, and parts for framing interior and exterior walls; erecting scaffolding and ladders; constructing and framing stairways and stairwells.
Roof Framing, Cornices, and Roofing
Procedures to construct roofs and cornices.
Practical Exercise 4
Instruction Set 6
Windows, Doors, and Insulation
Procedures for installing windows, exterior doors, insulation, and ventilation.
Siding, Porches, and Decks
Procedures for applying siding; construction of porches and decks; tools and supplies.
Video: Building Decks
Practical Exercise 5
Instruction Set 7
Necessary tools and materials; hanging techniques; procedures for taping and sanding.
Types of interior doors; installation methods; application of trim; finishing stairs.
Finish Floors and Ceilings
Types of wood floors; layout of wood floors and tile; installing suspended or tile ceilings.
Textbook: Drywall, Professional Techniques for Walls and Ceilings
Supplement: Work Experience Option
Practical Exercise 6
Upon Graduation You'll Receive:
(Sent to you when all program requirements and financial obligations have been met.)
• Finish Carpentry
• Smart Business for Contractors