Develop knowledge and practical skill in areas of carpentry, including blueprint reading, residential and commercial construction, framing, finishing, stair manufacture, surveying, fine woodworking, commercial building practices, and more. Spend 1/3 of each week in a hands-on carpentry lab setting.
This course provides the student with the information required for the safe use of personal protection devices, ladders, scaffolds, fire protection, and the Ontario Construction Safety Association's Safety in Rigging program. Students will study the Occupational Health & Safety Act of Ontario and the application of the requirements related to construction projects.
In this course, students will begin to study the principles used to identify, select, and maintain hand tools and portable power tools. The student will learn to incorporate industry-standard practices in their safe and efficient use of these tools. This course will begin to study the principles and practices of shaping and joining lumber and engineered wood products, using wood joints, fasteners, and adhesives. The course will also introduce the student to the principles and practices used to build the structural framework for a residential building. The use of the Imperial and Metric systems of measurement will be developed in this course.
During the course, the student will practice and expand on the theoretical material presented in CARP 106, CARP159, and CARP 160. Students will work in a Collegelab to apply, practice, and develop skill techniques required for the workplace. Projects will include measuring, cutting, and shaping wood and wood products as well as the construction of a frame building. During scheduled lab times, additional theory material will be presented on a one-on-one basis as well as group teaching.
This course will familiarize the student with proper work ethics and essential employability skills. Students will identify and develop the material and habits required to work in a trade. Students will participate as individuals and group members to create workplace scenarios.
This course will familiarize the student with the composition and use of construction blueprints and associated specifications. Students will gain proficiency in sketching orthographic, isometric, and pictorial views for the communication of information. Students will design and draw a four-page set of plans for a small residential building applying basic drafting protocols for the selection of symbols, line weights, and title boxes.
This course will assist the student in solving trade-related problems involving basic math skills as well as linear measurement, area, surface, the volume of space, ratio &proportion, square root, angular measurement, use of both metric and imperial measure. Students will also be introduced to basic applications of geometric layout used in the construction trade. While students may use a calculator during class exercises, all testing will be completed without the use of a calculator.
In this course, students will continue to study the principles used to identify, select, and maintain hand tools and portable power tools. The student will study the principles used to identify, select, and maintain stationary shop equipment such as table saws and jointers. The student will learn to incorporate industry-standard practices in the safe and efficient use of these tools. The course will continue to study the principles and practices used to frame a roof, focusing on equal pitch hip and intersecting roofs. The student will study the principles and practices of shaping and joining lumber using wood joints, fasteners, and adhesives. The use of the Imperial and Metric systems of measurement will be developed in this course.
In this course, students will study the basics of building science. Specific items such as air and moisture movement, soil deposits, methods of heat transfer, maintaining acceptable air quality, and mechanical systems will be studied in relation to the life cycle of a residential building and recent changes to the Ontario Building Code. Alternate building styles will also be studied.
This course will continue to build on material learned in Principles and Practices 1 and includes the construction of advanced roof frames. Students will also put into practice concepts covered in CARP 108 including the safe use and care of portable and stationary power tools and CARP 109, the selection and installation of exterior and interior finishes.
Students will learn the various types and styles of exterior and interior finishes and products relating to residential buildings. Course material will include the selection and installation methods of both natural and synthetic products used for external and internal residential finishing. Exterior finishing products will include wood, metal, vinyl, and masonry materials. Interior finishing subjects will include various interior wall finishes, the selection of trim products, and the preparation required for proper cabinet installation.
This course is a continuation of CARP 160. Students will learn to apply these and other math concepts to the estimation of material required for residential construction. The Ontario Building Code will also be used to guide students through some estimation processes. This course involves solving trade-related problems involving linear measurement, area of surface, volume of space in both metric and imperial measure, product use, and accounting for waste material.
This course will further develop the student's blueprint reading and interpretation skills. Particular attention will be directed towards Residential Plans, Specifications, and Codes.
The student will study the layout and calculations related to insulated concrete formwork, as well as straight run stairs. Basic Trigonometry required for the distance, angular, and building lay-out will also be taught as part of this course.
Students will apply skills learned about the construction of lightweight steel framing and the installation of suspended ceilings. Students will build light concrete formwork including footings, walls, and stairs. Students will use the builders level or transit to establish elevations and complete building layout. The student will build on skills learned in CARP 107 and CARP 110 to construct straight run stairs and a wall cabinet.
Students will develop knowledge in the installation of suspended ceilings and the construction of lightweight steel framing systems. Students will study information relating to the investigation and preparation of a building site. Topics relating to the excavation, shoring, foundation piles, and the design and construction of concrete formwork including footings walls, columns, beams, and slabs will be learned. The use of concrete as a building material will be studied.
This course will allow students to make connections between their newly acquired skills and knowledge which will prepare them for employment and apprenticeship in the carpentry trade. Students will be prepared to meet prospective employers and have an understanding of how to begin their apprenticeship.
This course will further develop students' blueprint reading and interpretation skills. The primary focus will be on Industrial, Commercial, and Institutional design.
This course will further develop the student's ability to 1. Successfully and accurately complete calculations for linear, area, and volume problems frequently encountered during construction projects; 2. Estimate material and labour quantities and costs based on information presented in commercial construction plans; and 3. Complete geometric layouts as required for construction projects.
Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent including the following prerequisites:
- Grade 12 English at the or C, U or E level
- Grade 11 Math
For OSSD equivalency options, see Admission Requirements.
If you are missing prerequisite courses, enroll in the Career/College Prep program, free for Ontario residents who are 19 years or older.
Our Kingston campus has seen significant renovation over the past few years, including a brand new Student Life and Innovation Centre that houses a new gymnasium, fitness centre, pub, and more.
This program is designed to help alleviate the chronic shortage of skilled trades workers in the construction industry. Job prospects are favourable and the satisfaction of creating or enhancing buildings and structures can be immense.
Although Carpentry is a physical career, as a student you will find that your level of skill is more important than your strength.
Additional estimated costs may include:
- Books and supplies $300
- Personal protective items (e.g. work boots, safety glasses) $150
- Tools (e.g. nail pouch, hammer, tape measure, combination square, utility knife, wood chisel) $200.
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