General Carpentry


  • Program Title: General Carpentry
    Credential: Diploma
    Delivery: Online
    Program Length: 3 Semesters (One year)
    Program Availability: Full time or Part time
    Offered: This program is available starting every Monday.

    Program Description

    This program provides theoretical knowledge of the carpenter trade and practical skills to complement apprentice on-the-job training.

    Students have a total of fifty-two (52) weeks to complete their program requirements, starting from the date of their first course.

    Learning Outcomes

    Upon successful completion of the program the graduate will be able to:

    1. Select, use and maintain hand and power tools.
    2. Interpret woodworking nomenclature, production methods and techniques.
    3. Identify unsafe work areas and apply essential safety procedures.
    4. Interpret rigging hazards and apply safe rigging and access practices.
    5. Interpret the Occupational Health and Safety Act.
    6. Select and identify material used in residential and commercial construction.
    7. Identify various types of plans and specifications.
    8. Interpret the Ontario Building Code.
    9. Interpret basic blueprints and prepare free-hand sketches.
    10. Apply basic mathematics to solve trade-related problems.
    11. Apply basic principles of construction layout.
    12. Perform welding, cutting, and brazing operations with standard oxy-acetylene and electric arc welding equipment.
    13. Identify types of residential foundations and building code requirements.
    14. Identify, lay out and construct various types of residential framing.
    15. Identify interior and exterior residential finishes and apply selected finishes.
    16. Apply residential plans, specifications, and codes to the job situation.
    17. Identify and apply the basic principles of building science and energy efficiency in housing.
    18. Estimate material quantities from residential plans and specifications.
    19. Use builder’s levels and transits to perform site layout operations.
    20. Identify and describe various types of commercial foundations and excavation shoring systems.
    21. Describe and construct footing, wall, column, pilaster, beam and stair forms.
    22. Identify and describe scaffolds, bracing and other safety devices related to concrete forming.
    23. Describe and install suspended ceiling systems, steel stud and drywall systems, and accessories.
    24. Describe and construct various types of residential stairs.
    25. Identify and describe raised access flooring.
    26. Identify and describe components and construction practices of heavy timber building.
    27. Apply commercial plans, specifications, and codes to the job situation.
    28. Estimate material quantities from commercial plans and specifications.

    Your Career

    Carpenters are employed in all aspects of the building industry, in new construction, renovation and maintenance of structures and buildings. Employers include private contractors, institutions and industries, with job opportunities ranging from heavy concrete formwork to fine interior finish work.

  • Admission Requirements

    College Eligibility

    • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent; OR
    • Academic and Career Entrance (ACE) Certificate; OR
    • General Educational Development (GED); OR
    • Mature Student status (19 years of age or older and without a high school diploma at the start of the program).

    Call the Admissions Office at 1 (800) 267-2577 for more details. Academic prerequisites for this program may be obtained free of charge through Academic Upgrading.

    Application Process
    Program intake – Apply to this program by visiting our Registration page. If you are entering into this program as a mature student please attach your resume when submitting your registration information online.

  • Courses

    Semester 1
    Orientation to the Trade
    Building Materials, Fasteners, and Adhesives
    Hand and Power Tools
    Introduction to Construction Drawings, Codes, and Layout
    Floor Systems
    Wall Systems
    Ceiling Joist and Roof Framing
    Basic Stair Layout
    Introduction to Building Envelope Systems

    Semester 2
    Roofing Applications
    Thermal and Moisture Protection
    Exterior Finishing
    Cold-Formed Steel Framing
    Drywall Installation
    Drywall Finishing
    Doors and Door Hardware
    Suspended Ceilings
    Window, Door, Floor, and Ceiling Trim
    Cabinet Installation

    Semester 3
    Introduction to Oxyfuel Cutting and Arc Welding
    Reinforcing Concrete
    Site Preparation
    Site Layout I
    Handling and Placing Concrete
    Trenching and Excavating
    Foundations and Slab-on-Grade
    Rigging Equipment and Practices 

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  • Course Descriptions

    Semester 1
    Orientation to the Trade (5 Hours)
    Reviews the history of the trade, describes the apprentice program, identifies career opportunities for carpentry and construction workers, and lists the skills, responsibilities, and characteristics a worker should possess. Emphasizes the importance of safety in the construction industry.

    Building Materials, Fasteners, and Adhesives (7.5 Hours)
    Introduces the building materials used in construction work, including lumber, sheet materials, engineered wood products, structural concrete, and structural steel. Also describes the fasteners and adhesives used in construction work. Discusses the methods of squaring a building.

    Hand and Power Tools (7.5 Hours)
    Provides descriptions of hand tools and power tools used by carpenters. Emphasizes safe and proper operation, as well as care and maintenance.

    Introduction to Construction Drawings, Codes, and Layout (20 Hours)
    Covers the techniques for reading and using construction drawings and specifications with an emphasis on drawings and information relevant to the carpentry trade. Provides an understanding of the Ontario Building Code and the basics of blueprint reading and drafting. Describes how to read and interpret a set of commercial drawings and specifications.

    Floor Systems (27.5 Hours)
    Covers framing basics and the procedures for laying out and constructing a wood floor using common lumber, as well as engineered building materials.

    Wall Systems (20 Hours)
    Describes procedures for laying out and framing walls, including roughing-in door and window openings, constructing corners, partition Ts, and bracing walls. Includes the procedure to estimate the materials required to frame walls.

    Ceiling Joist and Roof Framing (40 Hours)
    Describes types of roofs and provides instructions for laying out rafters for gable roofs, hip roofs, and valley intersections. Covers stick-built and truss-built roofs. Includes the basics of roof sheathing installation.

    Basic Stair Layout (12.5 Hours)
    Introduces types of stairs and common building code requirements related to stairs. Focuses on techniques for measuring and calculating rise, run, and stairwell openings, laying out stringers, and fabricating basic stairways.

    Introduction to Building Envelope Systems
    Introduces the concept of the building envelope and explains its components. Describes types of windows, skylights, and exterior doors, and provides instructions for installation.

    Semester 2
    Roofing Applications (25 Hours)
    Describes how to properly prepare the roof deck and install roofing for residential and commercial buildings.

    Thermal and Moisture Protection (7.5 Hours)
    Covers the selection and installation of various types of insulating materials in walls, floors, and attics. Also covers the uses and installation practices for vapor barriers and waterproofing materials.

    Exterior Finishing  (35 Hours)
    Covers the various types of exterior finish materials and their installation procedures, including wood, metal, vinyl, and fiber-cement siding.

    Cold-Formed Steel Framing (15 Hours)
    Describes the types and grades of steel framing materials, and includes instructions for selecting and installing metal framing for interior and exterior walls, loadbearing and non-bearing walls, partitions, and other applications.

    Drywall Installation (15 Hours)
    Describes the various types of gypsum drywall, their uses, and the fastening devices and methods used to install them. Also contains detailed instructions for installing drywall on walls and ceilings using nails, drywall screws, and adhesives. A discussion of fire- and sound-rated walls is also presented.

    Drywall Finishing (17.5 Hours)
    Describes the materials, tools, and methods used to finish and patch gypsum drywall. A discussion of both automatic and manual taping and finishing tools is presented.

    Doors and Door Hardware (20 Hours)
    Describes the installation of metal doors and related hardware in steel-framed, wood-framed, and masonry walls, along with their related hardware, such as locksets and door closers. A discussion on the installation of wood doors, folding doors, and pocket doors is also presented.

    Suspended Ceilings (15 Hours)
    Describes the materials, layout, and installation procedures for many types of suspended ceilings used in commercial construction, as well as ceiling tiles, drywall suspension systems, and pan-type ceilings

    Window, Door, Floor, and Ceiling Trim (25 Hours)
    Describes the different types of trim used in finish work and focuses on the proper methods for selecting, cutting, and fastening trim to provide a professional finished appearance.

    Cabinet Installation (10 Hours)
    Provides detailed instructions for the selection and installation of base and wall cabinets and countertops.

    Semester 3
    Introduction to Oxyfuel Cutting and Arc Welding (20 Hours)
    Introduces the equipment, procedures, and safety practices used in cutting steel with oxyfuel equipment, as well as shielded metal arc welding, gas-tungsten arc welding, and gas metal arc welding. Labs include practice in cutting and welding techniques.

    Reinforcing Concrete (15 Hours)
    Explains the selection and uses of different types of reinforcing materials. Describes requirements for bending, cutting, splicing, and tying reinforcing steel and the placement of steel in footings and foundations, walls, columns, and beams and girders.

    Site Preparation (7.5 Hours)
    Covers the planning process that precedes the start of work on a construction site, including environmental considerations, personnel issues, access roads, traffic control, permits, site safety, utilities, and crane-related concerns.

    Site Layout I (20 Hours)
    Covers the principles, equipment, and methods used to perform differential leveling. Also covers the layout responsibilities of surveyors, field engineers, and carpenters; interpretation and use of site/plot plan drawings; the use of laser instruments; and methods used for on-site communication.

    Handling and Placing Concrete (30 Hours)
    Describes the properties, characteristics, and uses of cement, aggregates, and other materials used in different types of concrete. Covers procedures for estimating concrete volume and testing freshly mixed concrete, as well as methods and materials for curing concrete. Covers tools, equipment, and procedures for safely handling, placing, and finishing concrete. Describes joints made in concrete structures and the use of joint sealants.

    Trenching and Excavating (15 Hours)
    Provides an introduction to working in and around excavations, particularly in preparing building foundations. Describes types and bearing capacities of soils; procedures used in shoring, shielding, and sloping trenches and excavations; trenching safety requirements, including recognition of unsafe conditions; and mitigation of groundwater and rock when excavating foundations.

    Foundations and Slab-on-Grade (20 Hours)
    Covers basic site layout safety, tools, and methods; layout and construction of deep and shallow foundations; types of foundation forms; layout and formation of slabs-on-grade; and forms used for curbing and paving.

    Rigging Equipment and Practices (25 Hours)
    Describes the use and inspection of basic equipment and hardware used in rigging, including slings, wire rope, chains, and attaching hardware such as shackles, eyebolts, and hooks, as well as rigging knots. Explains sling angles. Also covers tuggers, jacks, hoists, and come-alongs. Describes basic rigging and crane hazards and related safety procedures. Provides an overview of personnel lifting and lift planning, and introduces crane load charts and load balancing. Includes instructions for rigging and lifting pipe.

  • Fees & Expenses

    Fees Apply for this Academic Year.

    • Registration: $100.00
    • Textbooks: $1025.00
    • Shipping: $61.00
    • Tuition: $7,814.00

    Total Tuition & Fees: $9,000.00

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