Carpentry & Building Construction

Instructor: Mr. Greg Barger
Email Mr. Greg Barger
CIP CODE:  46.0201 

The Carpentry and Building Construction Technology Program prepares students for careers in residential and light commercial construction, apprenticeships, or continuing education at a post secondary institution.  The program provides intensive safety training for all hand held and stationary construction power equipment.  Areas of instruction include, site selection and building permits, foundations and forms, floor framing, wall framing, roof framing, and roof coverings, exterior finish, insulation and interior finish.

Students are instructed in areas from tool use, with strong emphasis on safety, through every facet of exterior and interior construction.

Areas of Instruction:

Units Covered:

  • Floor Framing

  • Wall Framing

  • Roof Coverings

  • Window and Door Installations

  • Exterior Siding and Trim

  • Interior Finishes

  • Interior Trim

  • Kitchen Installations

  • Insulation

  • Site Selection and Layout


Students considering a career in carpentry should possess good math skills, physical agility and coordination, a good sense of balance, and no fear of heights.

Community Involvement:

Habitat for Humanity funds projects and the students are learning the skills to construct entire houses, as well as gaining pride and satisfaction with their projects.

Career Information:

Upon completion of the two-year program, students are entry-level ready for the carpentry field, which at this time is experiencing an extreme shortage of skilled workers. Students are also able to pursue post-secondary education.  Students have the opportunity to earn their CDL at a significantly reduced cost!

What are the Benefits?

Carpenters may advance to carpentry supervisor or general construction supervisor positions. Some carpenters become independent contractors. Other job opportunities beyond the Career Center are:

  • Cabinet Maker

  • Drywall and Insulation Installer

  • Carpenter

  • Maintenance

  • Remodeler

  • Roofer

Skills Needed:

Like any other career, certain skills are needed to succeed in the

carpentry field.  Some of these skills are as follows:

  • Good math skills

  • Physical agility and coordination

  • A good sense of balance

  • No fear of heights

  • Teamwork and independent worker

  • Understanding of measurements

  • Communication skills

  • Ability to handle prolonged standing, climbing and bending

College Credits available in Carpentry and Building Construction from:

St. Francis University

Triangle Tech

Clarion University of PA

Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology

Commonwealth Technical Institute

PA College of Technology Excelsor College

Soar Credits

Adult Education Information


$7,000.00 – Includes books, NOCTI, & OSHA Certification. Estimated expenses not included in tuition: Criminal Record Check – $22.00 Child Abuse Clearance – $13.00 Federal Criminal History Record-$23.85
Carpenter Jeans – $60.00 Work Boots – $100.00 Class Shirt – $13.00 Hammer – $15.00 Carpenter Tool Belt – $30.00 Tape Measure – $15.00 Speed Square – $10.00, $300.00 deposit that will go toward tuition.                                                                                                                                                                                      

Academic Year:  
9 months/900 hours
Start Date: August 
Schedule: Monday-Friday, 8:00 am-2:30 pm

Book included in tuition
ISBN 9780357127797
Residential Construction Academy-Carpentry 5th Edition 2020
Floyd Vogt