The Carpentry program in the CTECS is organized around the fabrication and construction of residential housing and related remodeling. The course content begins with the preparation and use of hand tools, portable power tools and various stationary hand and power machinery. Fabrication methods are initiated with an introduction to wood types, quality, applications and harvesting techniques. Included in the instruction is the continual introduction of fastening devices and methods, millwork, staging, forms and various related ladders, support devices, and support techniques. Large assembly concepts are taught in the construction of framing and finishing. Interior construction techniques and concepts are taught.
Production work is an essential part of the carpentry trade program experience. Construction agreements are made with customers to build, renovate, remodel or extend dwellings, garages, and decks. It is through this type of experience that students receive practical real world skills and develop not only customer relations skills, but also extend safety lessons to on-the-job applications.