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carpentry technology (CARP)
CARP 106 (3 credits)
Hand Tools and Power Tools

This course is a general introduction to the basic tools that
are used by a carpenter with an emphasis on safety, proper
usage and procedures, and various applications that are
most commonly used in the carpentry trades.

CARP 111 (3 credits)
Building Materials

Covering the wide range of building materials used in
carpentry, this course examines the many different types
of wood products, including engineered lumber and the
newest technology of steel framing. Proper procedures
for estimating these building materials combined with
the variety of fastening methods is also discussed and
practiced.

CARP 116 (3 credits)
Site Work and Foundations I

In this course, students learn how to set up and operate
the transit level and laser level. Building layout and
excavation of residential construction will be explained, with
particular emphasis on building stake-off. Types of footers,
foundations, and concrete forming are also explored.
Students will be challenged to practice proper building site
layout, constructing concrete stair and sidewalk forms, and
installing the form-a-drain system.

CARP 157 (3 credits)
Floor, Wall, and Ceiling Framing

With a strong emphasis on platform framing, students
will examine and demonstrate the proper methods of
constructing subfloors, walls, and ceilings in the framework
of residential and light commercial construction. This
includes discussing the basic components and construction
methods of light-gauge steel framing.

CARP 161 (2 credits)
Stair Construction

Students learn the different types of stairways and all parts
pertaining to them. They also learn how to calculate, lay out,
and construct stairway stringers with their proper landings,
risers, treads, and railings.

CARP 166 (3 credits)
Roof Framing and Materials

The different types of roof systems and all the material
members that are involved in the different roof types are
discussed. Students learn theoretically how to calculate
rafters to fit their proper situations and practice laying out
and cutting common and hip rafters.

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CARP 177 (3 credits)
Exterior and Interior Finish

In this course, students will study and practice installing
various types of exterior and interior finish material for
residential construction. For exterior finish, we will give
special attention to the proper installation procedures for:
roofing; siding; soffit; windows and doors; and aluminum
trim. For interior finish, strong emphasis will be placed on
proper techniques for: hanging drywall; installing prehung
doors and door trim; applying trim around a window unit;
and other common trim materials.

CARP 182 (3 credits)
Construction Drawing and Blueprint Reading

In this course students will learn the proper techniques
necessary to dissect a set of residential blueprints
and develop a broad understanding of the language of
construction drawings. We will also become involved in
duplicating, through the process of mechanical architectural
drafting, a few select detailed residential section drawings,
with each having different drafting scales.

CARP 207 (2 credits)
Floor Construction

Covers both dimensional and engineered lumber
applications. To meet current building designs and codes,
students perform installation from a detailed blueprint for
sill plates, joists, joist hangers, stair beams, sub flooring, and
stair stringer construction.

CARP 209 (3 credits)
Wall Construction

Covers both dimensional and engineered lumber
applications. To meet current building designs and codes,
students perform installation and layout from a detailed
blueprint for wall plates, stud size and spacing, header
design and size, and rough opening sizes for window and
door schedules.

CARP 218 (3 credits)
Roof Construction

Covers engineered trusses and hand-framed rafters with
ceiling joists. The students become familiar with the
installation and design criteria of an engineered truss
including detailed truss drawings for field applications and
the codes applying to field modifications. Students perform
layout, cutting, and installing roof rafters from a detailed
blueprint including proper ceiling joists, collar ties, and gable
overhang construction and codes. Students install roof
sheeting and fascia boards.



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