CTEP’s Carpentry Program

CTEP’s Carpentry Program

Carpentry is a versatile occupation in the construction industry, with workers doing many different tasks. They commonly use a wide variety of hand tools, including squares, levels, and chisels, as well as many power tools, such as sanders, circular saws, nail guns, and welding machines. Carpenters need to have a keen attention to detail, ensuring that their work is precisely and accurately completed. The carpentry trade provides a great career opportunity leading to job security and economic independence. With the rapidly aging construction workforce getting ready to retire, many employers are in dire need of individuals entering this trade.

This program prepares individuals for entry-level positions in the occupational specialty of residential carpentry. Students are offered learning experiences in the basics of blueprint reading and design concepts, as well as the building, installing, and repairing of residential structures.

The first several courses as well as the carpentry internship are held at the Ruth L. Bennett Home Community Center in Chester; all subsequent courses are held on the campus of Delaware County Community College in Media, PA. All courses are taught in the evening.

Upon completion of the program, students should be able to:

  • demonstrate knowledge of the different structural components of residential buildings
  • demonstrate basic competencies in preparing and presenting construction drawings and designs
  • read and interpret blueprints, building plans and specifications
  • demonstrate skills constructing structures and their components parts
  • demonstrate technical skills required to install and finish interiors or exteriors
  • demonstrate understanding and competencies of energy efficient construction
  • apply the knowledge of mathematics to carpentry tasks
  • demonstrate knowledge of safety practices
Orientation 0
Student Success Course* 3
Basic Technical Skills 3
Workplace Safety 2
Blueprint Reading 3
Carpentry Fundamentals 3
Framing & Roofing 3
Exterior Finishing 3
Interior Finishing 3
Energy Efficiency 2
Uniform Construction Code 3
CADD Graphics 3
Carpentry Internship 2

*Student Success Course – this course was created specifically for CTEP students, focusing on strategies for achieving greater academic, professional, and social success. This course encourages self-awareness, strengthens critical thinking, promotes effective communication skills, and encourages students to take personal responsibility for their own success.