Carpentry Training Courses

Carpentry Training Courses

Carpentry training courses are offered by almost all trade schools as well as local union apprentice classes. While the majority of experience will be gained from on the job training, in order to move up the ladder additional formal classes should be considered.

Carpentry Courses

On this web page I will discuss some of the more common carpentry courses offered by union training centers and trade schools.

Basic Stairs

This class presents the basic theory, calculations, code requirements, safety, proper layout, cutting, and assembly of open and closed stringer stairs. The length of stairwell openings are also covered.

Intermediate Stairs

Carpentry training covered by this course includes calculations, code requirements, layout, cutting and assembly for limited run, change of direction stairs, and the three step winder. Maintaining headroom is also covered.

Basic Rafters

This course presents basic theory, calculations, and proper layout practices of gable and hip roof rafters. Rise, run, pitch, slope, and rafter lengths for common, hip, and jack rafters are taught. Common problems encountered with simple hip and gable roof framing are presented.

Rafters II

Reviews proper layout and calculations for common, hip, and jack rafters. This training course introduces intersecting equal pitch roofs with an emphasis on layout and installation of valley rafters and jacks.

Rafters III

Begins with review of equal pitch intersecting roofs, supporting and shortened valley rafters, valley jacks, proper ridge board length, layout, and installation procedures. Turret or octagon shaped roofs, chimney saddles, and saddles for roof overlays are also presented.

Rafters IV

Trains the carpenter in rafter layout and installation procedures for unequal pitched gable and hip roofs.

Construction Master Calculator

Covers the computations available with this calculator.

Print Reading

Training is designed to introduce or reinforce abbreviations, symbols, and drawing standards commonly found in blue prints.

Framing Square

Training introduces the parts of the framing square and shows practical applications of the rafter tables, Essex board measure, octagon, brace measure, twelfths, and hundredths scales. Practical layout exercises are usually included.

Metal Stud Framing

Reading of blueprints related to wall framing, converting finish measurements to rough wall layout, installation of hollow metal door frames, knock down door frames, and stud layout procedures.

Lathers Layout

Introduces the carpenter to the methods of laying out elliptical and segmental arches, ceilings, and walls. Layout of spring, center, split, lath lines, as well as placement of carriers and furring channels.

Commercial Geometric Layout

Course is designed to introduce the carpenter to the methods of commercial layout. These include changing finish wall dimensions to rough wall or track lines, layout of octagons, circles, segments of a circle, erecting a perpendicular and working with control lines.

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