The Carpentry Program at GarfieldParkAcademy uses a competency based curriculum designed to teach students skills and knowledge for entry level employment in the carpentry/cabinetmaking fields. The instructional process is also designed to instill values, work ethic and leadership qualities which are an integral and functional aspect of the occupation.
The curriculum is a systematic approach which specifies the knowledge, skills and attitude that students must attain. It also allows for individual differences among students in their rate and mode of learning. Overall, the curriculum process is ongoing and reflects the technological advances that are occurring every day in our society.
The carpentry program provides students with information, subject matter and practical experiences concerning carpentry occupations. Instruction emphasizes teaching information as well as understanding the importance of establishing, maintaining, and managing carpentry enterprises.
Upon completion of the program the students should possess entry level carpentry skills, have sufficient academic skills to continue their training, and both a work ethic and leadership skills to become productive citizens.
MAJOR UNITS OF INSTRUCTION
- Safety-Personal and Jobsite
- Hand Tool Operation
- Power Tool Operation
- Material Identification with Building Specifications and Estimating
- Basic House Framing
- Basic Cabinetry and Millwork
- Staining, Painting and Finishing Techniques
Carpentry students should possess average math ability, good mechanical aptitude, manual dexterity and good eye-hand coordination. The carpenter’s work is active and strenuous. Physical stamina and agility will help a carpenter to perform the prolonged standing, climbing and squatting tasks that are
necessary. In addition, willingness to work out of doors, no fear of heights and pride in workmanship are important qualities
Construct, erect, install, or repair structures and fixtures made of wood, such as concrete forms; building frameworks, including partitions, joists, studding, and rafters; wood stairways, window and door frames, and hardwood floors. May also install cabinets, siding, drywall and roll insulation.
As is true of other building trades, carpentry work is sometimes strenuous. Prolonged standing, climbing, bending, and kneeling often are necessary. Carpenters risk injury working with sharp or rough materials, using sharp tools and power equipment, and working in situations where they might slip or fall. Although many carpenters work indoors, those that work outdoors are subject to variable weather conditions.
Some carpenters change employers each time they finish a construction job. Others alternate between working for a contractor and working as contractors themselves on small jobs, depending on where the work is available.