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Residential Carpentry

Residential Carpentry is open to Sophomores and Juniors, during both the A.M. and P.M.

Residential Carpentry is a pre-apprentice course designed to provide graduates with entry level skills in a variety of construction trades. Instruction will include tool usage and safety, safety on the work site, construction materials, floor framing, wall and ceiling framing, roof framing, roofing materials, windows and doors, exterior finish, insulation, and interior finish. These topics will be covered through lectures, written assignments, demonstrations and skill performance in construction techniques and processes in a laboratory setting. Student must be enrolled as a high school sophomore or junior. The student must have a basic understanding of the following mathematical concepts: addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. The student should understand and be functional in these concepts as they pertain to whole numbers, fractions and decimals.

Students enrolled in a Career Education Program are expected to conduct themselves in a professional manner. Students must be able to follow instructions and work as a member of a team to achieve the course objectives. Students are expected to be accurate, have a positive attitude and maintain good attendance throughout the school year.

Instruction will involve both classroom and laboratory experiences with home study required.

Recommended High School Courses:

  • General Shop
  • Woodworking
  • Applied Math
  • Vocational Exploration
  • General Mathematics

These courses are not established as pre-requisites. Students that have been successful in any of these courses have historically demonstrated a higher degree of success in this career education program.

Estimated Tool Requirements:
Safety Glasses
25 foot tape measure
Total Estimated Cost: $20-25


ADVANCED RESIDENTIAL CARPENTRY is available to returning Residential Carpentry I Students, in both the A.M. and P.M.

Instruction consists of application of the topics covered in Residential Carpentry with performance of skills in construction techniques and processes through construction of an actual permanent structure.

Successful completion of the program may lead to union apprenticeship, semi-skilled and laborer type employment within the carpentry and construction industry. The training experience may also be used as preparation for additional technical education.

Students enrolled in a Career Education Program are expected to conduct themselves in a professional manner. Students must be able to follow instructions and work as a member of a team to achieve the course objectives. Students are expected to be accurate, have a positive attitude and maintain good attendance throughout the school year.

Instruction will involve both classroom and laboratory experiences with home study required. Students will build a single family home over the course of the school year.

Minimum Requirements: Completion of Residential Carpentry with the Grade of a “C” or better.

Recommended High School Courses:

  • General Shop
  • Woodworking
  • Applied Math
  • Vocational Exploration
  • General Mathematics

These courses are not established as pre-requisites. Students that have been successful in any of these courses have historically demonstrated a higher degree of success in this career education program.

Estimated Tool Requirements:

  • Carpenters’ tool box and lock
  • Leather tool pouch
  • White carpenters’ bib overalls or painters’ pants
  • Hard hat
  • Safety glasses and case (not goggles)
  • Framing hammer, straight claw
  • 25-30 ft. measuring tape
  • Combination square
  • Tri square with 1-1/2” wide blade
  • 2 or 3 ft. sands magnesium level (optional)
  • Chalk line and chalk
  • Cat’s paw bar
  • Utility knife and blades
  • String line
  • Scratch Awl
  • Speed square (optional)
  • 3/4” wood chisel
  • 1/32” and 3/32” nail sets
  • Phillips screwdriver
  • Flat (standard) screwdriver

Total Estimated Cost: $250.00

Please Note: Suitable work attire appropriate to the occupation will be required, Suitable work boots must be worn. Soft shoes such as tennis shoes will not be allowed.

If there are any questions on type or quality of tools, see the instructor prior to purchase to be sure to get the correct tools. If students already have some of the tools needed, it is not necessary to purchase new ones.

It has been our experience that carpenters’ overalls and carpenters’ tool boxes are usually in short supply. These two items should be purchased as soon as possible to avoid the likelihood of not being able to obtain them.

For more information on this program, please contact any of the following:

Your high school guidance counselor

Amanda McCarty, ATS Recruiter and Placement Coordinator

amccarty@jeffco.edu or (636)481-3498

OR the program instructors:

Glenn Coats, Residential Carpentry  

gcoats@jeffco.edu or (636)481-3463

Chuck Nitsch, Advanced Residential Carpentry

cnitsch@jeffco.edu or (636)481-3450