Carpentry (General Building Construction) (900 Clock-Hour Certificate)

Carpentry, formerly titled General Building Construction, introduces students to the basic of building construction:  trades, safety, masonry, carpentry and plumbing.  These skills will be enhanced by hands-on projects: constructing footers, foundations, framing of floors, walls, roofs and plumbing of a standard bathroom.  Several larger, culminating projects will be built throughout the year utilizing all of the skills learned.  Carpentry is now certified through NCCER (National Center for Construction Education and Research).

In addition, students will have the opportunity to participate in: 

  • SkillsUSA Club (America’s largest student co-curricular organization)—attending and participating in business-style meetings and competing in skill-related contests.
  • Students also have the opportunity to join in with other students to raise funds for their various activities.  Past events included Longaberger Basket Bingo, Buckwheat Festival, serving concessions at WVU functions.

Major Units of Study 

Fundamentals of Building Construction

Foundations and Framing

Masonry and Plumbing

Finishing Carpentry

Blueprint Reading for Construction

Advanced Framing Practices

Exterior Finish Carpentry

Equipment/Tools Used

Hand saw

Combination square


Hammers level

Utility Knife

Tape measure

Steel rule

Chalk line

Portable electric drill

Portable belt sander

Portable electric circular saw

Portable electric finishing sander

Bayonet saw

Portable electric router

Motorized miter box

Radial arm saw

Table saw

Jointer planer-surfacer

Band saw

Drill press

Wood shaper

Disc finishing

Machine scroll saw

Grinder buffer

Hammer drill

Air nailer

Clothing Required

Monongalia County School Policy/MTEC safety

Work Coveralls or Clothes

Leather Work Shoes

Safety glasses

Employment Opportunities

Building Maintenance

Rough Carpenter

Siding Installer


Mason Tender

Dry Waller




If you have the following interests, this program may be for you: 

  • I like to work inside and outside
  • I like working with my hands
  • I can use a tape measure
  • I have the ability to move hands and arms in any direction
  • I can perform basic math operations
  • I communicate information and ideas so others can understand
  • I like working in a variety of environments
  • I take pride in a job well done
  • I have a strong work/ethic


If you have the following skills, this program may be for you: 

  • Like mechanical things and working with my hands
  • Like to work on my own without people watching over me
  • I like variety in the work I do, but I also enjoy the challenge of high production work
  • I like to do things that require accuracy and concentration
  • I take pride in seeing the final results of my work
  • I can read technical material and follow detailed diagrams
  • I think in a very logical way