Carpentry

Connecticut Technical High School System's Carpentry course breakdown by grade. Each student is required to complete four years of a Career Technical Education program.

Grade 9

3 Credits
Exploratory and Introduction to Carpentry

Grade 10

3 Credits
Cabinetry/Millwork

Grade 11

3 Credits
Carpentry - Residential Construction

Grade 12

3 Credits
Carpentry - Residential and Commercial Construction

Course Descriptions*

Exploratory and Introduction to Carpentry (CA110)
Students deciding to enter the field of Carpentry will be introduced to the basics of safety and sanitation, as well as use and care of hand tools, power tools and stationary equipment. Fabrication methods are initiated with an introduction to wood types, quality and applications. Students start with small woodworking projects, which lead up to more complex assignments.

Cabinetry/Millwork (CA210)
In Grade 10, the carpentry program is designed to provide students with practical information in the art of cabinetmaking. This course builds on the knowledge acquired in Grade 9 and provides students with the introductory-level skills necessary in the cabinetry industry using both theory and practice involving the production of practical projects. Safety, advanced power tools and stationary machinery are taught and reinforced continually throughout the course sequence. Upon completion of this course, students must demonstrate the application of sound safety practices, the ability to identify and use hand tools appropriately, the use of basic operations on stationary equipment and the ability to identify common fasteners and construction materials. They are also required to demonstrate their cabinetmaking skills, common trade ethics and workplace readiness, as well as perform clean-up and debris removal.

Carpentry - Residential Construction (CA310)
The Grade 11 program is designed to introduce students to residential construction. Students are instructed in all areas of safety, including ladder, scaffolding, trenching and the use of safety harnesses. Students are introduced to the State of Connecticut Building Code and learn the theoretical knowledge needed to lay out rafters, stairs and walls. Students will demonstrate knowledge of blueprint reading, including foundations, concrete, floor plans, specification schedules and electrical, plumbing and mechanical symbols. Students will perform residential construction projects for customers. The students will show entry-level skills in all facets of residential construction. Students reaching an acceptable level of proficiency may be eligible for Work-based Learning (WBL).

Carpentry - Residential and Commercial Construction (CA410)
In Grade 12, the course sequence is designed to build on the skills learned in Grades 9, 10 and 11. Students will continue with residential dwelling construction and light commercial construction skills will be introduced. Rigging and hauling safety, in addition to safety mastered in the previous years, is stressed. Students will demonstrate knowledge of exterior trim and siding types, energy conservation in residential construction, design of stairs and rafter building. They will comprehend knowledge of building codes and planning and zoning regulations. Students will be taught how to estimate both materials and construction costs, as well as demonstrate and articulate positive customer relations. Students will continue to participate in outside production projects on residential construction and demonstrate basic knowledge in applying drywall materials and stair-building skills. They will demonstrate advanced knowledge in designing and erecting wall partitions, applying roofing materials and installing common siding and interior finish. Students will demonstrate the ability to complete a job application, to interview and to perform entry-level job readiness and trade skills. Students reaching an acceptable level of proficiency may be eligible for Work-based Learning (WBL). Each student will take the Senior Summative Assessment, which is a computerized interactive test.

Students successfully completing this course of study will be able to pursue a two-year construction technology degree or a four-year engineering degree. Students can obtain immediate employment in the carpentry field. Employment opportunities in residential and commercial construction include: framing, remodeling, cabinetry and millwork, custom woodworking, CNC (Computer Numerical Control) operator, drywall hanger/finisher, concrete formwork, yacht woodworking, roofers, siding installers, flooring installers, furniture maker refinishers, general construction worker, facilities maintenance construction labors and lumber supply employment.

* Some courses may not be offered at every school.

CTHSS is relocating to 39 Woodland Street, Hartford

CTHSS is relocating to 39 Woodland Street, Hartford
Beginning, Friday, July 7, 2017 the Connecticut Technical High School System (CTHSS) will start relocating their Middletown office to 39 Woodland Street, Hartford, CT 06105. The move will spread out over the next three business days with staff members arriving on Tuesday, July 11, 2017. We will have limited email and telephone communication during this transition. Despite the new street address, all CTHSS phone numbers will remain the same. The postal services will forward any mail sent to the old Middletown address. Visitors to the new building can park on site. Visitors must sign in at the security guard’s desk with photo identification.  Learn more

Free Summer Meals!

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Mrs. Alecia Walkuski and Vinal students named to Renaissance National Honor Roll

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Abbott Electrical Dinner and Awards Program

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Ellis Tech Wrestling Win!

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Ellis Tech Wrestling Team wins state championship- first in school's history!  Learn more

Grasso Student Wins National Silver Gloves Boxing Championships

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Steven Torres, a 10th grader at Grasso, recently won first place in the National Silver Gloves Boxing Championships in Kansas. He now begins boxing his way toward the Junior Olympic Team. We are very proud of him. Not only is he a great boxer, he is a great kid!  Learn more

Prince Tech Team Awarded in Design Challenge State Competition

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Norwich Tech Grad First Female Gold Medalist in National Competition

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Community open houses hosted across the state

Community open houses hosted across the state
Links to photo galleries and news stories about our recent community open houses held across the state!  Learn more

Student Workforce

 Student Workforce
CTHSS students can help you with your next big project! A wide range of services are offered across a variety of trades programs.  Learn more