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​​​CIP Code 52.0303

Carpenters are skilled workers who are responsible for the construction of buildings and projects. They are able to study and to interpret blueprint specifications in order to prepare the project site, and to determine the dimensions and materials required. Carpenters are able to use power tools safely, in order to shape and cut materials for the project. These individuals may be required to perform many tasks, such as installing windows, doors, floors, millwork, and cabinetry. The ability to accurately measure and read a tape measure, level, and plumb bob are essential to this profession.

Carpenters are also skilled in the repair and restoration of many existing buildings. They may be responsible for the removal and replacement of damaged or defective building sections. In addition, they should be able to fabricate replacement frameworks, inspect building components to determine damage, and estimate the cost for repair of replacement parts. Carpenters may also work on scaffolding, install roofing materials, hang spouting and downspouts, and install roof vents.

Within buildings, carpenters build or repair cabinets, floors, windows, and doors. Woodworking machines, small hand tools, and all types of power tools can be found in every carpenter’s toolbox. Large construction companies may assist carpenters in the purchase of many tools; however, independent carpenters need to be able to finance tools on their own budget.

Generally, carpenters receive training in one of the following methods: developing and demonstrating competencies as a secondary student in a career and technical education program; earning an associate degree in building construction technology; earning an undergraduate or graduate degree in construction management or completing a certified craft training and apprenticeship program.

Carpenters are expected to keep current with any new technology or codes related to the building/construction industries, recognize the various types of materials and methods available to the construction trade, and understand the complex interrelationships among numerous trades and professions within the industry.

Those individuals completing the program may be employed as carpenters, carpenter assistants or apprentices, lead carpenters, finish carpenters, maintenance carpenters, stair builders, production workers, concrete carpenters, house repairers, door installers, cabinet and trim installers, framers, assemblers, and woodworkers.

Building a safe, productive and sustainable workforce of carpentry professionals and helping to address the critical workforce shortage facing the construction industry is vital to the economy. It is extremely important for an individual to develop a strong carpentry/carpenter framework that produces portable credentials through a well-designed educational foundation.

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Approved Secondary School Partners

A.W. Beattie Career CenterAllison Park2009-2010
Acadamy at WestinghousePittsburgh2013-2014
Admiral Peary AVTSEbensburg2010-2011
Beaver County CTCMonaca2009-2010
Berks CTC - East CampusOley2010-2011
Bethlehem AVTSBethlehem2011-2012
Bradford Area HSBradford2010-2011
Bucks County Technical HSFairless Hills2009-2010
Butler County AVTSButler2010-2011
Carbon Career & Technical InstituteJim Thorpe2011-2012
Career Institute of TechnologyEaston2009-2010
Career Technology AcademyHarrisburg2009-2010
Carlisle Area HSCarlisle2009-2010
Central PA Institute of Science & TechnologyPleasant Gap2009-2010
Central Westmoreland CTCNew Stanton2009-2010
Chester Co Technical College HS, Pennocks Bridge CampusWest Grove2010-2011
Chester County Technical College HS - BrandywineDowningtown2010-2011
Chester County Technical College HS - PickeringPhoenixville2010-2011
Clearfield County CTCClearfield2011-2012
Columbia-Montour AVTSBloomsburg2010-2011
Connellsville Area      Career & Technical  CenterConnellsville2010-2011
Crawford County CTCMeadville2010-2011
CTC of Lackawanna CountyScranton2011-2012
Cumberland-Perry      AVTSMechanicsburg2010-2011
Dauphin County Technical SchoolHarrisburg2009-2010
Delaware County Technical HS - AstonAston2009-2010
Eastern Center for Arts & TechnologyWillow Grove2009-2010
Erie County Technical SchoolErie2009-2010
Franklin County CTCChambersburg2009-2010
George Jr Republic HSGrove City2012-2013
Greater Altoona CTCAltoona2010-2011
Honesdale HSHonesdale2015-2016
Indiana County Technology CenterIndiana2010-2011
Lancaster County CTC - Mt. JoyMount Joy2012-2013
Lancaster County CTC-Brownstown CampusBrownstown2010-2011
Lancaster County CTC-Willow St CampusWillow Street2010-2011
Lebanon County CTCLebanon2011-2012
Lehigh Career & Technical InstituteSchnecksville2010-2011
Mastbaum Jules E AVTSPhiladelphia2011-2012
Mercer County Career CenterMercer2010-2011
Middle Bucks Institute of TechnologyJamison2009-2010
Mon Valley CTCCharleroi2009-2010
Monroe Career & Technical InstituteBartonsville2011-2012
North Montco Technical Career CenterLansdale2009-2010
Northern Westmoreland CTCNew Kensington2009-2010
Pittsburgh Carrick HSPittsburgh2013-2014
Reading-Muhlenberg  CTCReading2009-2010
Schuylkill Technology Centers - NorthFrackville2010-2011
Schuylkill Technology Centers - SouthMar Lin2010-2011
Somerset County Technology CenterSomerset2011-2012
South Philadelphia HSPhiladelphia2013-2014
Steel Center AVTSJefferson Hills2009-2010
SUN Area Technical InstituteNew Berlin2009-2010
Susquehanna County CTCDimock2009-2010
Swenson Arts & Technology HSPhiladelphia2011-2012
Tyrone Area HSTyrone2009-2010
Upper Bucks County AVTSPerkasie2011-2012
Upper Dauphin Area HSElizabethville2009-2010
Wellsboro Area HSWellsboro2009-2010
West Side CTCKingston2009-2010
Western Area CTCCanonsburg2009-2010
Western Montgomery CTCLimerick2010-2011
Wilkes-Barre CTCWilkes-Barre2011-2012
York County School of TechnologyYork2011-2012