Carpentry is divided into four sections: occupational skills, formwork, framing, and interior/exterior finishing. It is a multi-dimensional, physically and intellectually demanding trade using the latest technology. The framing carpenter builds the basic structure (foundations, floors, walls and roof). The concrete-forming carpenter builds the formwork necessary for the placement of concrete. The finish carpenter applies wall panelling and trim, exterior siding and trim, and builds cabinets and stairs. Most carpenters are skilled in all areas of construction, but tend to specialize in one area.
Today, with so many new products and techniques, some carpenters specialize in one particular field of the trade. Among the specialties are:
Training prepares students for entry-level employment in the carpentry trade. Basic theory and related information along with hands-on shop practice enable students to become competent in basic carpentry tasks. The Program consists of 2 courses:
Upon successful completion of the program, students can seek employment as apprentices. The Industry Training Authority has approved this program as meeting the technical training for years 1 and 2 of the Carpentry Apprenticeship and 450 work-based hours credit toward their time in trade.
Carpenters must be able to work at heights and in adverse weather. Potential students with medical or physical difficulties should contact the Disability Resource Centre to arrange an interview (telephone interview if out of town) with the Institute's rehabilitation specialist at 604-451-6963.
Job opportunities exist in residential, commercial and industrial construction as well as maintenance in plants and other institutions. Qualified workers may go on to become self-employed or work as foremen or superintendents for other employers. More than half of the available job opportunities in the near future are expected to arise from the need to replace carpenters who retire.
Graduates may qualify for advanced standing as registered candidates within the apprenticeship system.
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