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. Access the Penn Foster Community and use it to find answers. 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