Courses in Carpentry

Carpentry Tools and Safety

CARP 1110     2.00 Credits
Course Outline
The course covers the safe operations of carpentry tools in the construction industry. Hand tools and stationary power tools will be covered. Job site safety, scaffolding, and ladders will be covered in depth. (Prerequisite: Declare Carpentry as a major)

Print Reading

CARP 1121     2.00 Credits
Course Outline
This course will be an introduction to Residential Blue Print reading as well as Light Commercial Blue Print reading. Symbols, plans, details, and diagrams will be addressed along with other trades and their connections to the carpentry field. Each student will be required to read text assignments, answer questions from workbook and participate in classroom discussion and presentations. Different print types will be used in the instruction of materials as students look for specific details and answers to real life problems that arise on the job site. (Prerequisites: Declared major as carpentry)

Residential Principles I

CARP 1123     5.00 Credits
Course Outline
This course will cover the initial framing of a residential building project. It may involve an addition or remodeling an existing residence. Students will construct basement bearing walls, knee walls, well openings, posts, and beams. Students will install the sill, sill seal, rim joists, floor framing, floor plywood, and wall construction. All types of floor systems and wall framing techniques will be covered and implemented where applicable. (Prerequisite: Declare Carpentry as a major)

Residential Principles II

CARP 1130     5.00 Credits
Course Outline
This course will continue the residential building project started in Residential Principles I. Students will do layout for roof trusses, ceiling joists, or rafters. The roof will be installed on the residential project to match the existing structure according to building points. All types of roof construction and roof framing will be analyzed, discussed, and implemented where applicable. Roof plywood, roof edge, ice and water guard, along with tar paper, will be installed. Students will shingle and flash the roof according to manufacturer's recommendations and local building codes. Window installation on the project will also be completed in the course. (Corequisite: CARP 1123)

Introduction to Cabinetmaking

CARP 1210     3.00 Credits
Course Outline
This course is designed to give students an understanding of kitchen design, cabinet sizes when purchasing factory cabinets and the importance of knowing appliance sizes. Students will read cabinet blueprints, build face frames and cabinet boxes. Students will use these new skills and build a base cabinet and upper cabinet. These skills could be incorporated into any number of larger cabinet projects. (Prerequisite CARP 1110; CARP 1121; CARP 2023; Carpentry as a major)

Commercial Print Reading

CARP 1221     2.00 Credits
Course Outline
Commercial Blueprint Reading will get students into reading basic commercial blueprints. Students will study commercial plans and working drawings. (Prerequisite CARP 1110; CARP 1121; CARP 1130; Carpentry as a major)

Stairway Technology

CARP 1226     2.00 Credits
Course Outline
This course covers all the aspects of stairway installation in residential construction. Students will learn the many code requirements involved with stairways. Students will layout, cut, and install a set of stairs. Stairs will also be constructed on the class residential building project. These stairways may be installed in the residence, off decks, or in the main entry. Skirt board, treads, risers, and handrails will be installed to finish a stairway to meet code requirements. (Prerequisites: CARP 1110; CARP 1121;CARP 2023)

Interior Finish I

CARP 1227     2.00 Credits
This course covers the insulation, vapor barrier, and drywall of the class residential project. It involves applying knowledge of the proper type, use, and technique to achieve the maximum R-value possible. Vapor barrier will be installed and sealed according to local building codes. Drywall will be installed on ceilings and walls and readied for the taper. (Prerequisites: CARP 1110, 1121, 1130)

Interior Finish II

CARP 1228     4.00 Credits
This course is the completion of the inside of the residential building project constructed in earlier classes. This course covers the installation of doors, casing, window trim, and base. Students will install cabinets, counter tops, and all the details to finish a kitchen. This may include crown mold, base shoe, toe kick, and flooring. Students will also be involved with the finishing of closets, shelving, door bumpers, and door knobs. (Corequisite: CARP 1227)

Exterior Finish

CARP 1229     2.00 Credits
Course Outline
This course covers the exterior finish of the student build residential project. This includes soffit and fascia, door and window trim, flashing, starter, corner boards, and siding. Many different types of siding will be discussed and studied from our text book and real world examples. Deck or patio construction would be completed at this time as well. (Prerequisites: CARP 1110)

Carpentry Lab

CARP 1232     2.00 Credits
Course Outline
Carpentry Lab will encompass a wide variety of projects in the shop. The students could be involved in the construction of a fish house, yard shed, play house, or other construction project deemed appropriate for the course by the instructor. This lab time may also be used for extra practice or refresher on new skills learned. This may involve wall framing, rafter layout, door hanging, and trim practice. If time allows, students may be introduced to cabinet construction. (Prerequisite: CARP 1110)

Interior Finish

CARP 1239     4.00 Credits
Course Outline
This course is the completion of the inside of the residential building project constructed in earlier classes. This course covers the installation of doors, casing, window trim, and base. Students will install cabinets, counter tops, and all the details to finish a kitchen. This may include crown mold, base shoe, toe kick, and flooring. Students will also be involved in the finishing of closets, shelving, door bumpers, and door knobs. (Prerequisite CARP 1110; CARP 1130)

Carpentry Internship

CARP 2000     2.00 Credits
Students will work in residential construction with a licensed and insured contractor registered with the State of Minnesota. Students will keep an accurate time sheet for South Central College and will turn in such paperwork prior to graduation. The employing contractor will also keep accurate records and evaluate the student who performed such duties for them during the internship. (Prerequisites: Must have instructor approval)

Advanced Principles I

CARP 2023     4.00 Credits
Course Outline
Students will be constructing a house from the ground up. Students will be staking out a residential building project and assisting the excavator. Students will build and pour footings and the foundation. Students will continue building basement walls, Installing floor joists, erecting exterior and interior walls, and sheathing walls. (Prerequisites CARP 1110; CARP 1121; CARP 1130)

Advanced Principles II

CARP 2030     5.00 Credits
Course Outline
Advanced Principles II is the continuation of the house project. Trusses will be set, the roof sheathed and shingled. Windows and doors will be installed along with house wrap. Students will be insulating the house and installing drywall. This is a big part of the program and all students will be expected to work as a team. (Prerequisites CARP 1110; CARP 1121; CARP 2023)

OSHA 30 For Construction

CARP 2032     2.00 Credits
Course Outline
Students will be required to take our OSHA 30 class. Upon completion of the course this will give students their OSHA 30 card for construction. Many employers require employees to have this card to work on particular jobs.

Foundations and Footings

CARP 2100     3.00 Credits
This course covers site preparation for a residence which involves property lines, setbacks, and compliance with local city or county ordinances. Students will stake out a house and assist in excavation while the hole for the house is dug. Many types and designs of foundations and footings will be discussed. Appropriate foundations and footings will then be formed and poured by the students. (Prerequisite: CARP 1130)

Commercial Construction Concepts

CARP 2101     2.00 Credits
Course Outline
This course will be an exploration for carpenters into commercial construction. Students will build steel studded walls, hang steel door frames, and study other forms of commercial construction. Tours will be set up for students to visit commercial job sites and have the opportunity to compare the different types of construction. (Prerequisite: CARP 1130; CARP 2023)

Construction Site Experience I

CARP 2102     4.00 Credits
This course will involve second-year students continuing to build on the foundation they constructed in the Foundations and Footings class. Students will build bearing and knee walls, and set basement posts and beams on the student-built residence. Many types of floor systems will be analyzed and studied. After plans have been reviewed, the appropriate floor system will be constructed and installed on the residence. Students will also do exterior and interior wall framing on the residence. (Prerequisite: CARP 1130)

Residential Roof Framing

CARP 2103     2.00 Credits
This course covers the roof framing of the student-built home. Students will study many aspects of roof framing with varying techniques of residential construction. (Prerequisites: CARP 1110; CARP 1121; CARP 1130)

Job Site Experience

CARP 2105     5.00 Credits
Course Outline
This course is the culmination of the second year project. Students will do a number of things to complete the house including patios, decks, sidewalks, garage doors and some finished floor installation. Students will also facilitate the return of tools and equipment back to college and lumber yard. The yard will be readied with appropriate landscape and the house will need to pass a final inspection. (Prerequisites CARP 2023; CARP 2030)

Advanced Exterior Finish

CARP 2129     3.00 Credits
Course Outline
Second year students will apply exterior trim and siding to the house project. (Prerequisites CARP 1110; CARP 2023)

Advanced Interior Finish

CARP 2139     4.00 Credits
Course Outline
Second year students will trim out the house project. Students will gain experience hanging doors, trimming windows, installing base and finishing the house. (Prerequisites CARP 1110; CARP 2030)

Construction Site Experience II

CARP 2202     5.00 Credits
This course is the culmination of the Carpentry program's second year. Students will participate in all aspects of construction required to complete the student-built residence. Students will perform pouring of concrete floors and stairway finishing. Additionally, they will apply knowledge and skills in regards to roof covings, window and siding installation, and every aspect of interior trim including doors, windows, and cabinet installation. (Prerequisite: CARP 2102)