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Carpentry & Construction Technology


The technical curriculum of this program will take place at Triangle Tech in Pittsburgh, Erie, Greensburg, DuBois, Sunbury, or Bethlehem, Pa. The technical curriculum will account for 28 to a maximum of 30 credits. In addition to the technical curriculum, students will complete 35 credits of core curriculum courses to complete the requirements of the Associate of Applied Science degree from Clarion University.

There is something very satisfying about using tools and the skills of your hands to turn raw lumber into homes and businesses. Your first day on the site, there's just a foundation in the ground. When you pack up your tools at the end of each day, you can see your contribution toward a home or building.

You will learn modern construction methods along with age-old traditions of craftsmanship. You will be prepared for a great career and a bright future, with the educational background to move into management positions.

Employment Opportunities

Graduates are prepared for employment as entry-level carpentry and construction technicians, working in residential or commercial construction.

Job Outlook

The following job prospect information is provided by the Bureau of Labor & Statistics. This information reflects national projections made for 2006-2016.

Construction, with 7.7 million wage and salary jobs and 1.9 million self-employed and unpaid family workers in 2006, was one of the nation's largest industries. Construction also maintains the most consistent job growth. About 64 percent of wage and salary jobs in construction were in the specialty trades, primarily plumbing, heating, and air conditioning; electrical; and masonry. Around 24 percent of jobs were mostly in residential and nonresidential construction. The rest were in heavy and civil engineering construction

Job opportunities are expected to be excellent for experienced workers. The number of wage and salary jobs in the construction industry is expected to grow 10 percent through the year 2016, compared with the 11 percent projected for all industries combined. Employment in this industry depends primarily on the level of construction and remodeling activity which is expected to increase over the coming decade.

Carpentry, with average job growth, coupled with replacement needs, create a large number of openings each year. Job opportunities should be best for those with the most training and skills. Employment of carpenters is expected to increase by 10 percent during the 2006-16 decade. The need for carpenters should grow as construction activity increases in response to demand for new housing and office and retail space, and for modernizing and expanding schools and industrial plants. A strong home remodeling market also will create demand for carpenters. Moreover, construction of roads and bridges as well as restaurants, hotels, and other businesses will increase the demand for carpenters in the coming decade.

Curriculum Highlights

  • Tools and Safety

  • Blueprint Reading

  • Construction Sitework

  • Floor Framing

  • Wall Framing

  • Roof Framing

  • Drywall Installation and Finish

  • Interior Millwork

  • Cost Estimating

  • Construction Contracts

  • Construction Remodeling

  • Cabinet Making

  • Related Trades

  • Stair Construction

  • Exterior Finishes

  • Roofing Techniques

AAS-IT Curriculum Checksheet