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Career and Technical Studies
Degree: 
Diploma: Construction Technology, Carpentry Track
Length: 
Five semesters
Purpose: 

A shortage of qualified workers in construction carpentry and framing has created the need for trained personnel in the construction industry. The Construction Technology Carpentry Diploma track is designed  for those seeking entry level employment as construction contractors, carpenters, and building framers. The Carpentry Diploma (including the integrated Carpentry Career Studies Certificate) provides building and construction training based on the current Virginia adoption of the International Building Code (IRC). In addition, the track provides training and a pathway that can lead to a number of construction related credentials including Contractor Licensure and OSHA 10-30 Construction Industry Safety Training.

Occupational Objectives: 
  • Contractor (Home Improvement Contractor HIC)
  • Entry Level Carpenter
  • Entry Level Building Framer

In addition to the admission requirements established for the college, entry into the Construction Technology Diploma Program requires competency in English ENF 1 and Math Essentials MTE 1-3 as demonstrated through the placement and diagnostic tests, or by satisfactorily completing the required ENF or MTE units or equivalent.                           

 The following list is a suggested sequence in which students may plan their class schedules to ensure graduation in two years.

Course Sequence: 
Course Number Course Title Lect. Hrs. Lab Hrs. Course Cr.
First Semester
BLD 99 Supervised Study in Carpentry 0 3 1
BLD 110 Introduction to Construction 3 0 3
BLD 131 Carpentry Framing I 3 4 5
ITE 102 Computers and Information Systems 2 0 2
SDV 100 College Success Skills 1 0 1
Suggested Credits & Hours for Semester 9 7 12
Second Semester
BLD 105 Shop Practices and Procedures 2 3 3
BLD 111 Blueprint Reading and Building Code 2 2 3
BLD 132 Carpentry Framing II 3 4 5
BLD 200
Sustainable Construction 3 0 3
BLD 215 OSHA 30  Construction Safety 2 0 2
Suggested Credits & Hours for Semester 12 9 16
Summer Semester
BLD 190 or BLD 198 Coordinated Internship/Seminar and Project 0 9 3
Suggested Credits & Hours for Semester   0 9 3
Third Semester
BLD 101 Construction Management I 3 0 3
BLD 133 Carpentry Framing III 3 4 5
BLD 199 Supervised Study in Carpentry Framing 0 2 1
ELE 110 Home Electric Power 2 2 3
MTH 103 Applied Technical Mathematics I 3 0 3
Suggested Credits & Hours for Semester 11 5 15
Fourth Semester
BLD 39 Building Codes for Carpenters 3 0 3
BLD 134 Carpentry Framing IV 3 4 5
BLD 290 or BLD 298 Coordinated Internship/Seminar and Project 0 12 4
ENG 1001 Basic Occupational Communication 3 0 3
Suggested Credits & Hours for Semester 9 16 15
Total Minimum Credits Required for this Curriculum 60
Notes: 

1ENG 137 may be substituted for ENG 100.

Students may only earn ONE Construction Technology Diploma.  Completion of additional coursework in multiple Construction Technology tracks MAY lead to the awarding of Career Studies Certificates in the other tracks if appropriate. Consult with your faculty advisor if you wish to earn multiple awards.

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