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Carpentry

CONSTRUCTION

Description

Job Corps offers a basic Carpentry program, a Carpentry Trainee, Apprentice program through Home Builders Institute (HBI), and a Carpentry, Pre-Apprentice program through United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America (UBCJA). All training programs are hands-on and are similar in curriculum and requirements.

Career Details

Skills

Students in Carpentry are trained in the following subject areas:

  • Constructing, installing, and repairing structures and fixtures of wood, plywood, and wallboard
  • Measuring materials or distances to lay out work
  • Properly using hand and power tools to shape or cut materials to specified measurements
  • Building rough wooden structures such as concrete forms, scaffolds, and temporary frame shelters according to sketches, blueprints, or oral instructions
  • Following established safety rules and regulations and maintaining a safe and clean environment

Career Options

Career Options

Most Carpentry Job Corps graduates go on to work as carpenters in the public or private sector.

Requirements

Before entering the program, students must:

  • Complete the core curriculum with passing scores on all written and performance tests.
  • Have strong math and reading skills.
  • Have a high school diploma or equivalent.

Credentials

As a Job Corps student, you will have the opportunity to earn credentials in your training area that may lead to greater employment opportunities, higher wages, and promotions.

Expectations

While on the job, you will be expected to display the following traits at all times:

  • Attention to detail
  • Dependability
  • Integrity
  • Organizational skills
  • Physical strength
  • Problem-solving skills

Carpentry Numbers to Know

$35K

National average earning potential for this career

8-12

Months needed to complete career training

77

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