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       The Carpentry program provides students with entry-level skills required in the home construction industry or a related field of carpentry.  Instructional units cover safety, hand tools, power tools, use of a transit, blueprints, pneumatic fasteners, and estimation. This instruction combined with practical experience in and out of the shop compliment the main emphasis of the phases of residential construction. Upon completion of the carpentry program, students should have the qualifications to start a career as a carpenter’s helper for a contractor, government agency, industrial plant, or cabinet and millwork factory. After meeting the requirements, students may also apply for entrance into an apprenticeship program or at a post-secondary program.

    Topics of Study 
    Construction Materials Survey Instruments and Operations
    Hand Tools Floor, Wall, and Ceiling Frame Construction
    Power Tools Roof Frame Construction
    Construction Equipment Stairway Construction
    Jobsite Safety Interior and Exterior Finish
    Building Design and Blueprint Reading Fundamental Cabinet Making

    Post-Secondary Options:

    Pennsylvania College of Technology Carpentry Millwork Masonry
    Luzerne County Community College General Business
    Johnson College Carpentry Millwork
    United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of American

    Nature of the Program:
    Carpenters must perform a variety of tasks on a day to day basis. They can work in cabinet and millwork factories, or for a building or remodeling contractor.

    Career Opportunities:

    Cabinetmaker Construction Supervisor or Foreman
    Lumber Products Store Manager
    Materials Sales
    Rough or Finish Carpenter

    Co-op opportunities:

    Lumber yards

    General contractors
    Home Manufacturers

    Successful Alumni Stories:

       Steve Portanova is a 1995 graduate of the Carpentry and Millwork program. Steve is a union carpenter currently working at Hopson Specialty Systems. He also owns a side business doing excavating and carpentry. He has been working in the field for nineteen years.
       Steve said that he obtained his first job by informing his employer that he attended Career Technology Center of Lackawanna County, known then as the Vo-Tech. He said, “The education I received opened doors to my career.” He went on to say that he gained a well-rounded knowledge of machinery by being exposed to a wide array of machines, which otherwise would not have been possible. He stated, “I learned the basic knowledge of carpentry at school.” Steve used his skills working on job sites as well as on his own home.