Do you take pride in building something yourself? Experience the satisfaction of learning to read blueprints. Safely use power tools, create projects from wood, and acquire the skills for the American dream of building a home. Enroll in the Carpentry program at FMTC to train for a career that lasts a lifetime! Employment of carpenters is projected to grow 20% from 2010 to 2020, faster than the average of all occupations. This program prepares students for National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER) certification.
If you like to work with your hands and build things of all shapes and sizes, this may be your dream job! Carpenters nail, screw, saw, measure, glue and plan the construction of the wooden structures in, on and with which we live. From houses to decks to tables and chairs, carpenters construct and create structures in wood. They work alone and in teams and often have large and small projects in progress at the same time. They use math to determine the optimum material for a given construction plan. They use artistry to consider the most attractive color, grain and texture of any project’s raw wood material. Some work with architects and some create their own architectural plans, requiring a thorough understanding of and comfort with geometry and physics.
The purpose of the Carpentry program is to prepare students for employment as construction carpenters. This program prepares students to enter the construction field as beginning carpenters. Classroom and laboratory experiences concerned with all phases of construction carpentry are provided. Included is training in layout, fabrication assembly, installation, and repair of structural units. Emphasis is placed on care and use of tools, equipment, and materials. Content also includes blueprint reading; floor, wall, and roof framing; and installation of siding, shingles, drywall, windows, and doors. Other essentials are applied mathematics, materials estimating, and building code interpretation. Laboratory activities are an integral part of this program. The tools, equipment, materials, and processes used in this laboratory are similar to those used in industry.
The following table illustrates the program structure:
Introduction to Carpentry
Rough Framing Carpentry
Finish Trim Carpentry
Foundation and Form Carpentry
1200 hours. Approximately 11 months.
Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
What You’ll Learn
- Shop safety skills
- Carpentry estimating
- Carpentry mathematics
- Blueprint reading
- Use and care of tools and equipment
- Constructional materials and framework
- Site layout
- Rough framing – wall, floors, and roofing
- Interior and exterior trim
- Stair construction
- Employability skills
Career Ready Skills
- Act as a responsible and contributing citizen and employee.
- Apply appropriate academic and technical skills.
- Attend to personal health and financial well-being.
- Communicate clearly, effectively and with reason.
- Consider the environmental, social and economic impacts of decisions.
- Demonstrate creativity and innovation.
- Employ valid and reliable research strategies.
- Utilize critical thinking to make sense of problems and persevere in solving them.
- Model integrity, ethical leadership and effective management.
- Plan education and career path aligned to personal goals.
- Use technology to enhance productivity.
- Work productively in teams while using cultural/global competence.
National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER)
- Carpentry Level 1
- 4′ x 6′ project frame house, floor, wall, and roof
- Exterior siding
- Interior trim
Students who complete this course can expect to earn a starting salary of $14+ per hour in the following industries (Actual wages vary according to education, experience, and certifications.)
- House framing – subcontractors
- Finish trim – subcontractors
- Cabinet shops
- Cabinet installers
- Roofing contractors
- Commercial builders
According to O’NetOnline, jobs for carpenters are expected to grow 29% in Florida between 2014-2024.
Steps to Enroll
- Attend an Information Session
- Take the T.A.B.E. test, if applicable
- Obtain official transcripts, if applicable (high school, GED, college, etc.)
- Apply for financial aid (official transcripts required)
- Provide appropriate residency documents
- Complete application packet
- Pay application fee
- Ron Schmitt
- (239) 334-4544 ext. 351