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Carpentry Foundation

What You'll Learn

The basics and more

The two 3-month clusters teach students the basics of framing and formwork. You'll learn about safe work practices, drawings and specifications, materials, hand and power tools, shop equipment, survey instruments, site layout and residential wood-frame housing.

You'll learn to:

  • describe the carpentry trade
  • demonstrate good work habits
  • explain LEED, "Built Green" and the rationale behind "green" buildings

Use safe work practices

  • describe shop and site safety practices
  • describe personal safety practices
  • identify precautions when working with hazardous materials
  • describe general safety rules for using hand tools
  • demonstrate basic body mechanics when lifting or moving objects
  • extinguish small fires

Interpret drawings and specifications

  • recognize "built green" and LEED certification standards and their role in environmentally sustainable building design and construction
  • read residential drawings
  • sketch and draw simple details
  • interpret specific information from the BC Building Code, including Part 10 — Water and Energy Efficiency
  • estimate material quantities and identify construction details

Identify materials

  • describe building design construction practices which reduce the negative impact of building on the environment and occupants
  • describe wood characteristics
  • select framing and finishing lumber
  • select panel products
  • select fasteners, adhesives and caulking compounds
  • select finish and framing hardware
  • differentiate environmentally sustainable materials

Use hand tools

  • describe measuring and layout tools
  • use and maintain cutting tools
  • use and maintain edge-cutting tools
  • use and maintain drilling and boring tools
  • describe the use and maintenance of fastening tools
  • describe the use and maintenance of miscellaneous tools
  • use hand tools to construct a wood project

Use portable power tools

  • use and maintain portable power tools
  • use and maintain power-actuated tools
  • use and maintain chain saws

Use shop equipment

  • use and maintain a table saw
  • use and maintain a radial arm saw
  • use and maintain miscellaneous shop equipment

Use survey instruments

  • use optical levels

Use site layout

  • describe sustainable site planning methods
  • practice methods which reduce environmental impact of concrete products
  • layout building locations
  • use concrete formwork
  • build footings and wall forms
  • describe and demonstrate the use of environmentally sustainable forming materials and methods

Frame residential wood-frame housing

  • describe types of wood frame construction
  • build foundations and floors
  • build walls and partitions
  • build gable roofs with ceiling joists
  • build straight stairs
  • build hip roofs
  • describe and demonstrate the use of environmentally sustainable framing materials and methods
Contact Us
Camosun College Lansdowne
3100 Foul Bay Rd
Victoria BC V8P 5J2
Camosun College Interurban
4461 Interurban Rd
Victoria BC V9E 2C1
  • 250–370–3000
  • 1–877–554–7555 (toll-free)

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