Teacher - Ken Hamann
Phone: 609-465-2161 x331
Carpentry is a three-year program to prepare students to work in the building trades and provides the foundation for qualified graduates to progress into supervisory or ownership positions. Theory is taught in the classroom followed by hands-on experiences in the shop. The class includes the use of CAD (computer-aided design), a well-equipped work shop, modern engineered building material products and internet access along with other computer programs to enhance instruction. Qualified third-year students can begin work prior to graduation through the Cooperative Industrial Education (C.I.E.) Program.
Students learn entry level skills along with work site safety, hand tools, power tools and equipment, building materials and supplies. They also become familiar with the masonry, plumbing, and electrical occupations. Students learn scale drawing, reading and interpreting building plans and home design concepts, entry level skills needed for construction jobs. Generic and specific social skills required of workers are taught along with the integration of academics and vocational education to make learning more relevant and meaningful.
Many carpentry students have used their technical education as a background for higher learning for careers in architecture, engineering, construction management, insurance adjusting, construction estimating and others. Carpentry students have earned educational and industry achievements including medals in SkillsUSA competition including a graduate student who won a gold medal, the top national honor in carpentry, at the national SkillsUSA competition in Kansas City, MO.