Pre-Apprentice Carpentry (PAC) Training
Give us 20 weeks and we’ll help you change your life. As one of the premier carpentry vocational schools in Minnesota, Our curriculum has already helped hundreds of graduates launch rewarding careers in construction and healthcare at some of the most innovative companies in Minnesota.
Our hands-on construction speciality carpentry program plugs you directly into the most relevant carpenter techniques and practices. Our carpentry school rewires your mind to take on the exciting challenges of a career in construction. This hands-on-training construction course is designed to teach students basic tools, building and designing schematics, blueprint reading and other industry practices. The relationships formed with your fellow students, industry mentors, and guest speakers provide you an invaluable network of passionate, diverse construction allies to call upon throughout your career. Explore this page to learn more about our Carpenter program.
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What does a Carpenter do?
Carpenters are skilled craftsmen who work in the construction industry fabricating primarily wood constructions. Their jobs include working on the entire framework of a building to ornate woodwork on stairs and trim. Some carpenters prefabricate cabinets and other structures in shops or factories while others work on construction sites, cutting, joining, and installing structural elements. Many specialize in one aspect of construction. Carpenters working as independent contractors, however, have the ability to work on a wide range of projects.
The constuction course is 20 weeks that consists of two phases
The tution is 100% Covered
Program starts every 10 weeks
Class schedule is Mon-Fri 8:30 am -2:50 pm
Carpenter Essential Duties
- Follow blueprints and building plans to meet the needs of clients
- Install structures and fixtures, such as windows and molding
- Measure, cut, or shape wood, plastic, and other materials
- Construct building frameworks, including walls, floors, and doorframes
- Help erect, level, and install building framework with the aid of rigging hardware and cranes
- Inspect and replace damaged framework or other structures and fixtures
- Instruct and direct laborers and other construction helpers
What You Will Learn
- Teamwork Collaboration
- Blueprint Reading
- OSHA-10 Safety
- Hand and Power tools
- Construction mathematics
- Building Materials
- Wall/Floor/Stud framing
- Concrete Framework
- Finish Construction Carpentry course
- Commercial Construction
- Problem solving
- Sheet Rocking & Shingling
Tuition To Change Your Future
You will have NO OUT-OF-POCKET expenses to cover tuition and no extra fees to pay. Our financial aid office is committed to administering gift aid to ensure that your tuition is covered at NO-OUT-OF-POCKET expense to you. As an institution, we do not participate in the Federal and State Student Loan programs, so there are NO LOANS TO PAY BACK.
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Program Curriculum & Schedule
Weeks 1-10 is a chance for you to start learning the basic knowledge of carpentry. This starts with OSHA Safety training. Then moves on to the ins-and-outs of carpentry like math principles, print reading, basic power tools like circular and saber saws. We’ll discuss everyday carpentry examples to understand how all these components impact the building process. While you’re getting a high-level view of the processes and complexities of carpentry you’ll also get a chance to learn a bit about some of the building blocks of the industry.
The first ten weeks ensures that students will have a solid foundation in construction math and basic blueprint reading. Students will be able to identify the most important hand and power tools and learn how to use them safely.
- Understand the foundational principles of constuction
- Gain familiarity with hand and power tools
- Gain confidence with personal development classes
- OSHA safety
- Building materials
- Blue print reading
- Construction mathematics
DEVELOPING YOUR SKILLS
Weeks 11-20 is where we build on the foundations. You’ve got the skills now we put them to the test. This part of the program is designed to challenge students with a higher degree of difficulty in carpentry execution. You’ll work in pairs and small teams to work on residential and commercial framing systems. You’ll gain practical experience with the entire framing process, from problem-solving to evaluating, refinement, and execution.
By the end of the of week 20 you will have gained a deeper understanding of carpentry and begin to see the challenges you are likely to encounter when working on a job site.
- Learn Framing
- Gain familiarity with concrete formwork
- Construction Safety
- Hands-on Installation
- Framing Systems
- Finish Carpentry
- Metal Studs
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