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Carpentry I460202


Meeting Times
Estimated Cost
Day / Evening
08/09/2018M 8am-1pm; T-F 8am-2pm

Course Info

14 Months (1200 clock hours)

Monday 8 am-1 pm; Tuesday-Friday 8 am-2 pm
(Summer schedule subject to change.)

Program Standards:
TABE Test Scores: 9 in Reading, Language and Total Math OR meet TABE exemption (refer to Admissions and Testing)


Program Description
The Carpentry program exposes students to all phases of erecting buildings. Students learn skills such as using tools safely and properly, site surveying, laminating, joinery, finishing, and working with wood products, building codes, blueprint reading, structural framing, drywall application, and door/window installation. Upon completion of the program, students may specialize in specific phases of the building industry such as doors, windows, sidings, or roofing.

Book and Supply Information
The following books and supplies are required for this program. All items listed on the fee sheet (see link below) are available at the Erwin Technical College Bookstore. The ISBN number is located after each textbook. For the most current fee sheet, please contact the Student Services Office, Financial Aid Office or our Bookstore. 

Carpentary Books and Supplies for August 2015 Class

Carpentry Books and Supplies for January 2016 Class 

Employment/Career Opportunities
Students may find employment on survey crews, as fence installers or acoustical ceiling mechanics. Graduates from this program have worked as framers, custom home builders, custom stair mechanics, and cabinet shop workers.

Salaries for graduates range from $11.94-$20.19 per hour.
Source:  Florida Agency for Workforce Innovation, Labor Market Statistics

NOTE: A history of felony convictions or substance abuse may adversely affect one's ability to gain employment in this field. We encourage students to consider your personal history when making appropriate career choices.

Frequently Asked Questions

What are students qualified to do after graduation?
Most graduates begin as a carpenter's helper. The local apprenticeship programs usually consider our graduates as second year apprentices, depending on the individual.

Our graduates are exposed to all facets of residential construction which includes the basics of blueprint reading, leveling instruments, forming, floor-wall-roof framing, trimming interiors & exteriors, shingling, door hanging, and stairs.

How are the local job opportunities?
Jobs are plentiful in framing, trimming, stair building, metal framing & sheetrock. Specialized areas include fence erection, window installation and punch out.

What are the possibilities of graduates starting their own businesses?
Graduates who have a good business plan, four to five years field experience, and proper licensing can start their own businesses.

How do graduates acquire their contractor's license?
Contractor's licenses now require 4 - 5 years field experience with written recommendation from three contractors. Applicants must pass a test in their chosen specialty area e.g. sub-contractor, specialty contractor, residential contractor, building contractor, or general contractor.

Where have graduates found employment?
Graduates have been employed by Carpenter Contractors of America, J.O. DeLotto & Sons, Gulf Coast Enterprises, Senior Home Improvement Course (S.H.I.P.), MK Construction, Skilled Services Corp., Metric Contractors, Glo-Mac Enterprises, and E.M. Scott.

Is job placement available upon graduation?
Advisory committee representatives and teachers provide students with guidance and recommendations.

How can I learn more about this career field?
Click here for more information

Council on Occupational Education

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