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Are you at your best when you have your hands on a hammer or a saw? Do you long for a job with lots of action and variety? If so, this program will teach you the basic skills you need to get a job as a residential carpenter.
First, you’ll explore what it’s like to work in the construction industry. After that, you’ll learn the basic math you’ll use on the jobsite and take an in-depth look at how to read blueprints.
Next, you’ll delve into jobsite safety and explore OSHA laws. You’ll also discover how to use hand tools and power tools safely and efficiently, and learn about fasteners and rigging.
Then comes the fun part: you’ll find out how to build a house from the floor to the roof. You’ll explore framing and finishing, see how to assemble stairs, and take a look at installing cabinets and countertops.
Finally, you’ll put it all together in three hands-on workshop projects that will help you gain experience and confidence. By the time you’re done, you’ll have all the skills you need to get an entry-level position in the construction industry.
Upon registering, you're given six months to complete this program.
The following books are included in your tuition:
This course can be taken on a PC or a Mac. You will need Internet Explorer (versions 5.5 through 8) or Firefox (any version). You will need to use Windows Vista or XP. You will also need Adobe Flash and Adobe Reader. In addition, you will need the latest version of QuickTime.
For Windows Vista or Windows 7:
For Windows XP users:
You will not need any carpentry experience to participate in this program. You will need to own or purchase some basic tools, lumber, and nails for the workshop assessments.
Upon completing this program, you will:
MODULE ONE: Introduction to Construction
Lesson 1 – Organization of the Construction Industry
Lesson 2 – Working in the Industry
Lesson 1 – Whole Numbers
Lesson 2 – Decimals
Lesson 3 – Fractions
Lesson 1 – Linear Measure
Lesson 2 – Percent (Percentage)
Lesson 3 – Area and Volume
Lesson 4 – Right Angles
Lesson 5 – Combined Operations
MODULE TWO: Blueprint Reading and Job Safety
Lesson 1 – Views
Lesson 2 – Scales
Lesson 3 – Alphabet of Lines
Lesson 4 – Use of Symbols
Lesson 5 – Plan Views
Lesson 6 – Elevations
Lesson 7 – Sections and Details
Lesson 1 – Jobsite Safety
Lesson 2 – Equipment and Tool Safety
MODULE THREE: Carpentry
Lesson 1 – Hand and Power Tools
Lesson 2 – Wood Products and Fasteners
Lesson 3 – Rigging
Lesson 1 – Framing Floors
Lesson 2 – Framing Walls and Ceilings
Lesson 3 – Installing Windows and Doors
Workshop Assessment #1
Lesson 1 – Framing Roofs
Lesson 2 – Installing Moisture Protection Roofing Materials
Workshop Assessment #2
Lesson 1 – Interior Finishes
Lesson 2 – Framing and Finish Stairs
Lesson 3 – Installing Cabinets and Countertops
Workshop Assessment #3
Are you at your best when you have your hands on a hammer or a saw? If so, this program will teach you the basic skills you need to get a job as a residential carpenter. You’ll explore what it’s like to work in construction, learn the basic math you’ll use on the jobsite, and find out how to read a blueprint. In addition, you’ll learn how to use both hand and power tools effectively and safely, and discover how to construct a home from the floor to the roof. Finally, you’ll put your skills to use in three hands-on workshop projects. By the time you’re done, you’ll be ready for an entry-level position in the construction industry.
This online certificate program is offered in partnership with major colleges, universities, and other accredited education providers.
1. Can I register for programs if I am an international student?
Yes, because ed2go programs are online you never have to actually travel to the school. Most schools offer telephone or online registration.
2. How long does it take to complete a program?
All of our programs are self-paced and open enrollment, so you can start them when you want and finish them at your own pace. Upon registering, you're given six months to complete this program.
3. Do I have to buy additional materials?
Photoshop software is not included in this program. You will need to have Photoshop CS5 already installed on your computer. The textbooks you'll need are included in your program fee, and their cost will be covered by your tuition. ed2go will ship all materials ground service upon enrollment.
4. Can I get financial assistance?
ed2go courses are non-credit courses, so they do not qualify for federal aid. In some states, vocational rehab or workforce development boards will pay for qualified students to take our courses.
5. What happens when I complete the program?
Upon successful completion of the program, you will be awarded a certificate of completion.
6. Am I guaranteed a job?
ed2go programs will provide you with the skills you need to obtain an entry-level position in most cases. We don't provide direct job placement services, but our facilitators and career counselors will help you build your resume and are available to give advice on finding your first job. Facilitators will also be available to use as a professional reference upon completion of the program. Potential students should always do research on the job market in their area before registering.
7. Who will be my instructor?
Each student is paired up with a facilitator for one-on-one interaction. The facilitator will be available (via e-mail) to answer any questions you may have and to provide feedback on your performance. All of our facilitators are successful working professionals in the fields in which they teach.
8. What software or hardware do I need in order to take online programs and what are the system requirements?
In order to take our online programs, you must have access to a computer and the Internet. You can access the program contents from any Web-enabled computer. You don't have to use the same computer to log-in to the program every time. We recommend that you have a word-processing program (Microsoft Word is best) and the latest version of Internet Explorer, in addition to the Photoshop CS5 software.
9. Can I use a Mac?
Yes, you can use a Mac for this program.
10. How can I get more information about the program?
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11. When can I start the program?
Our programs are all open enrollment. You can register and start the program as soon as you are ready.
Please note: Once the program curriculum is accessed online or through submission of a material shipment confirmation, refunds cannot be issued.
12. How will I do the workshops?
You will build three simple projects and submit photos (and possibly receipts) to show that you obtained the necessary materials and completed the projects correctly. You will not need to purchase tools or other supplies if you already have them.
13. What if I don't have enough time to complete my program within the time frame provided?
The time allotted to complete your program has been calculated based on the number of hours for each program, so don't worry too much about not completing in time. If, after a concerted effort, you are still unable to complete, your Student Advisor will help you work out a suitable completion date. Please note that a fee may be charged for an extension.
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