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Residential Carpentry | Print |

Residential Carpentry is a pre-apprentice course designed to provide graduates wResidential Carpentryith 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, junior or senior. 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.

Benefits of the program:

  • Learn what interests you!
  • Hands-on training!
  • Earn free college credit and high school credit at the same time!
  • Begin college degree while still in high school!
  • Graduate from High School with Career Skills that help you obtain a great job!
  • Earn a Certificate of Completion presented in a Career Portfolio!

Is the Residential Carpentry Program at the ATS right for you?

  • Are you a hard worker?
  • Are you interested in learning more about the subject?
  • Do you have a GPA of at least 2.0 at your high school?
  • Do you have a good attendance record?
  • Do you have a desire to excel and be successful?

If so, see your High School Counselor as soon as possible to obtain an application to join us!

Recommended High School Courses:

  • General Shop
  • Woodworking
  • Applied Math
  • Keyboarding

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 program.

Tool Requirements:

Safety Glasses, 25 foot tape measure and key or combination lock for locker. Total Estimated Cost: $20-25.


Advanced Residential Carpentry

Residential Carpentry is only taken during the first year, the remaining year(s) students will be in Advanced Residential Carpentry working on a local jobsite creating a residential home in the community.
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 structure in the local community.

Successful completion of the program may lead to 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.

Minimum Requirements:
Completion of Residential Carpentry.

Tool Requirements:
All of the following tools should be purchased by the second week of instruction:

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, 16 oz., straight
25-30 ft. measuring tape Combination square
Tri square with 1-1/2" wide blade 2 or 3 ft. sands magnesium level
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 Approximate Cost: $295.00

Please Note: Suitable work attire appropriate to the occupation will be required.

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.

Suitable work boots must be worn. Soft shoes such as sneakers or tennis shoes will not be allowed.

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.

Prices are approximate and may vary depending on source. Jefferson College does do not recommend any particular supplier over another. However, all tools should be of professional quality.

Salary data:






Instructor:  Chuck Nitsch 

Title:  Instructor

Office#: ATS 235

Phone Ext.:  3491

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Work Experience and Special Recognition:

Mr. Nitsch has taught Advanced Residential Carpentry since 1998.  He has brought with him many years of experience in the field of carpentry.  He spent 13 years at Thomas Construction, in St. Louis, working as Manager of Construction Division and serving as Vice President for the last five of his 13 years with the company.  His work covered all aspects of construction, including budget management, architectural design, county compliance, project management, management of subcontractors, and training and supervision of individual carpenters.  In 1988, he started his own business, C. Nitsch & Company Builders, Inc.  He designed and built custom-made homes in West St. Louis County and did upscale remodels across St. Louis County and City.

Mr. Nitsch holds an Associate of Applied Science Degree from St. Louis Community College and has completed additional coursework through Central Missouri State University.  He also holds a Missouri Career Education Certificate. 



Instructor:  Glenn Coats 

Title:  Instructor

Office#: ATS 117

Phone Ext.:  3463

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Work Experience and Special Recognition:

Mr. Coats earned a journeyman's card from the AFL-CIO in 1979 upon completion of four years of training and is a member of Local 1997 at Columbia, Illinois, and thirteen years of this time as a building contractor employing apprentices and carpenters from the local union.  Mr. Coats earned a Bachelor's Degree in Industrial Education from Western Illinois University, and a Masters of Education in Industrial Technology from the University of Idaho.  Mr. Coats has completed coursework from the University of Missouri, Murray State University in Kentucky, and S.I.U. at Carbondale, IL.  He began teaching at Jefferson College in 1999 and taught general shop and building construction in IL for five years before coming to Jefferson College.  He was named one of the Missouri Teachers of the year in 2001 by the Missouri Trade and Technical Association.   

 For more information…

    • Phone:  636-481-3498 or 636-797-3000, ext. 3498.
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Last Updated ( Tuesday, 08 January 2013 )
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