Fundamentals of Carpentry
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Fundamentals of Carpentry

The Shelton State Carpentry program will use a combination of classroom and shop projects to help students gain in-depth knowledge of building construction. The program uses the NCCER Core Curriculum and Fundamentals of Carpentry. Classes will help students gain knowledge in safety, terminology, materials, and tools used daily in the field. Students will calculate stairs and rafters and learn interior and exterior finishing skills. In the classroom, students will learn the most common forms of math used on the job, construction methods, blueprint reading, mathematical solutions involved in roof construction, stair construction, site layouts, building stakeoffs, and the strict safety rules associated with construction. In the shop, students will build group projects and understand the process of construction up to the finished project. Students will learn to cut and install interior and exterior trim; also they will learn to use instruments to lay out job sites. Upon course completion, students will receive the NCCER national credential.


Shelton State Carpentry will include the following topics:

  • Introduction to carpentry
  • Building materials, fasteners, and adhesives
  • Measurements
  • Power and Hand tools
  • Footings and foundations
  • Basic floor, wall, ceiling, and metal framing
  • Construction specifications and drawings
  • Introduction to doors and windows
  • Site layout and foundation stake off
  • Construction instruments and elevations

For more information, contact Workforce Development at 205.391.2482 or

Fundamentals of Carpentry