Academics

Course Descriptions

Carpentry Technology (CARP)


CARP 113  Residential Foundations and Floor Framing  (1-13)
A competency-based course. Major areas of study include foundation forming and floor framing principles and practices; carpentry computation related to foundations and floor framing; International Residential Building Code requirements relating to foundations and floor framing; and related OSHA/WISHA construction safety standards. Credits are awarded upon competency completion. Leadership, workplace ethics, human relations, cultural diversity, attendance, punctuality, and craftsmanship are integral to instruction. PREREQUISITE: Instructor's permission.
CARP 114  Residential Wall and Roof Framing  (1-13)
A competency-based course. Major areas of study will be residential wall and roof framing principles and practices; carpentry computation related to wall and roof framing; International Residential Building Code requirements related to wall and roof framing; and OSHA/WISHA construction safety standards. Credits are awarded upon competency completion. Leadership , workplace ethics, human relations, cultural diversity, attendance, punctuality, and craftsmanship are integration to instruction. PREREQUISITE: Instructor's permission.

CARP 115  Residential Exterior and Interior Finish  (1-13)
A competency-based course. Major areas of study include residential exterior and interior finish carpentry materials; principles and practices; carpentry computation; International Residential Building Code related to exterior and interior finish; and OSHA/WISHA construction safety standards. Credits are awarded upon competency completion. PREREQUISITE: Instructor's permission.
CARP 153  Home and Performance Testing  (5)
Designed to meet current need for Home Energy Auditors/Analysts. Areas of study include 1) building performance principles and issues, 2) energy consumption and conservation, 3) air and water management principles and practices, 4) home energy performance improvement, and 5) reducing health and safety risks within a residential home. Students learn how to accurately test and evaluate existing homes and prepare write ups for customers/contractors on ways to improve energy consumption, as well as, improve indoor air quality. Students also learn how to test and evaluate existing homes for potential health and safety issues. Upon successful completion of the course, students will be prepared to take the BPI (Building Performance Institute) Energy Analyst exam.

CARP 161  Residential Print Reading  (1-3)
Introduction to reading and interpreting architectural drawings for residential construction.
CARP 162  Stair Design and Construction  (1-4)
Introduction to the design and construction of residential and commercial stairs. Topics include stair design factors, International Building Code requirements, common stair calculations, stair layout and cutting, and installation practices.

CARP 163  Rafters Design and Framing Level 1  (1-4)
Competency-based/hybrid course that covers the theory and current practice of building a stick framed roof. Topics include basic roof theory, common roof designs, rafter length computations, layout cutting and installation of common rafters and their appropriate components, roof sheathing applications, matching existing roofs, and safety.
CARP 164  Basic Cabinet Construction  (1-4)
A competency-based/hybrid course. Introduction to basic box cabinet design and construction. Topics include wood species identification and characteristics, various cabinet construction methods, common cabinetry materials and hardware, sources for cabinetry parts and components, cabinet design and construction, hardware installation & adjustment, power tool and stationary tool set-up, safety procedures and operations.

CARP 165  Residential Remodeling Practices  (1-4)
Introduction to residential remodeling practices. Topics include planning, demolition, tying into existing buildings, basic electrical and plumbing practices, permit processes, matching existing finished material and material estimating. Most skill development will take place at off-campus sites where students will work on full-size remodeling project(s).
CARP 166  Deck Construction and Concrete Flatwork  (1-4)
Competency-based course. Introduction to techniques and practices for residential deck and concrete flatwork project. Topics include material selection, construction techniques, International Building Code requirements for both decks and flatwork and creating different types of flatwork finishes.

CARP 167  Residential Material Estimating  (1-4)
A competency-based course. Introduction to residential material estimating methods. Topics include foundation, framing, exterior and interior material estimating methods and practices.
CARP 168  Green Construction Principles and Practices  (1-3)
Competency-based course. The study of Green Building principles and practices. Topics include environmental and economic issues related to home construction, sustainable building materials and practices, health and safety issues, energy generation and saving methods, green building codes and Washington energy codes, and testing and evaluating home performance and requirements for Energy Auditors certification.

CARP 169  Advanced Stair Construction  (1-4)
Competency-based/hybrid course that covers the theory and current practice of building complex stair systems including winder stairs, circular stairs and wrap-around (pyramid) stairs. Topics include layout and construction techniques for winder and circular stair systems.
CARP 170  Advanced Roof Framing  (1-4)
Competency-based/hybrid course that covers the theory and current practice of building complex roof systems including hip and intersecting roofs, irregular hip roofs, dormers, barrel roofs and octagonal and conical roofs.

CARP 171  Advanced Cabinetry and Wood Fabrication  (1-6)
Open content course designed to allow the students to build a project of their choosing in the carpentry lab. Credits are variable from 1 to 6 credits, and awarded based on project complexity and total hours logged on their project. (One credit per 16.5 hours)
CARP 172  Advanced Finish Carpentry  (1-4)
Competency-based/hybrid course that covers the theory and current practice of building various millwork and site-built assemblies, including multi-piece crown systems, tongue and groove recessed panel wainscoting, mantels, column wraps, box-beam ceilings and multi-piece casing systems. Discussion topics also include a variety of pocket-door track systems and their installation.

CARP 177  Carpentry Work Experience 1  (1-12)
Allows students to work full- or part-time in jobs directly related to their programs and interests. Students may receive a salary or volunteer. PREREQUISITE: Concurrent enrollment in COOP 171 and instructor's permission.
CARP 178  Carpentry Work Experience 2  (1-12)
Allows students to work full- or part-time in jobs directly related to their programs and interests. Students may receive a salary or volunteer. PREREQUISITE: Concurrent enrollment in COOP 171 and instructor's permission.

CARP 179  Carpentry Work Experience 3  (1-12)
Allows students to work full- or part-time in jobs directly related to their programs and interests. Students may receive a salary or volunteer. PREREQUISITE: Concurrent enrollment in COOP 171 and instructor's permission.
CARP 194  Special Studies-Carpentry  (1-13)
Students study and develop skills to meet student-identified needs within the carpentry trade. PREREQUISITE: Instructor's permission.