Building Trades

Building Trades is a program designed for students who are interested in preparing for a career in carpentry or related fields. Students will have access to the latest in building technology and tools. The class will emphasize safety, skill development, and the proper use and care of hand, portable and stationary power tools. Students will gain experience in building layout, rough and finish carpentry, estimating, blueprint reading, jobsite safety, quality workmanship and customer service. Students in the program construct an energy-efficient spec house on site over a two-year period.

Instructor: Kirk Nygren



Professional Licenses/Certifications
OSHA Occupational Safety and Health Administration 10-hour safety training

Skills/Knowledge Gained
Safety procedures
Use and care of hand tools, portable power tools, stationary woodworking equipment, ladders and scaffolding
How to identify, select, measure, mark and cut common building lumber and materials
How to assemble and install building materials on a construction site
Develop valuable employability skills such as: positive attitude, honesty, dependability, and mature behavior that shows care and respect for the job, fellow workers, customers and employers

Class Activities
 exterior and interior
Roofing and siding
Interior and exterior trim
Blueprint reading
Cabinet making 

9th Grade reading level or above
Basic math skills (addition, subtraction, multiplication, division)
Measuring skills
Commitment to safe behavior in the shop around power tools and equipment
Good hand-eye coordination and manual dexterity

Entry Level Career Opportunity
Carpenter Apprentice

Career Opportunities (with further education)
Project Manager
Site Supervisor
Business Owner