• Course Description

    Students will build a skill set that includes framing, estimating, roofing, and interior finishing and learn how to read and interpret blueprints. They will build structures using a wide range of professional power tools and carpentry materials while earning apprenticeship and college credit.

  • Prerequisites at the Time of Senior Year Enrollment

    Minimum of 11 core credits (2.5 must be English), completion of Construction Innovations or previous construction-related coursework, on track to graduate

  • Credits & Certifications Offered

     
    High School Credit
    • 3 CTE Year One

    College Credit

    • Carpenter’s Joint Apprenticeship Training Program, Students who successfully complete the Career Connections Level 3 certifications will obtain two units of elective credit.

    • Ranken Technical College - college credit opportunities exist through credit for prior learning or credit by assessment.

    Certifications

    • Home Builders Institute (HBI)– Pre-Apprenticeship Training Core Certification
    • Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) – 10 hour Construction Industry Certification
     
    *College credit and certification are not guaranteed. Their attainment is dependent on student performance in both the course and on external industry assessments. All certifications are through external agencies and the accommodations permitted will vary from assessment to assessment. Additionally, students must participate in the full two years of the program to be potentially eligible for all certifications listed.
  • How Will My Time Be Spent? 

    Program Year Classroom Time Lab Time
    CTE Year One 25% or less 76% or more
  • Tech is Real World Learning

    Students in this program learn through the use of a variety of industry grade tools and equipment and texts. Their real world labs also require uniforms and personal protective equipment.

    Tools & Equipment

    • Personal protective equipment
    • Hand tools
    • Portable power tools
    • Pneumatic tools
    • Ladders and scaffolding
    • Sheet goods
    • Dimensional lumber
    • Concrete mixers
    • Fasteners
    • Paints and solvents
    • Extension cords
    • Safety harnesses
    • Exterior and interior finishing materials
    • Surveying equipment
    • Bobcat excavator

    Academic Materials

    • Career Connections, PB2 and PB3
    • CareerSafe for OSHA 10 certification, WorkKeys

    Uniform Requirements

    • Work boots, jeans or work pants and a high visibility program shirt
    • Safety glasses must be worn at all times in the lab
  • Essential Skills Needed for Success

    Students learn the entry level skills necessary to prepare for post-secondary education and the highly competitive world of work. Traditionally, successful students have mastered the processing and/or physical skills listed below prior to enrollment.

    Core Essential Skills

    • Understand and use basic math computations; including percentages, fractions, decimals, rulers and standard units of measurement

    • Have a basic working knowledge of hand and power tools

    • Have an awareness of personal safety in the shop, adhere to safety procedures and assume personal responsibility

    • Grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects and quickly move hands together with arm, or move two hands together

    • Make precisely coordinated movements of the fingers of one or both hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble very small objects

    • Able to climb, lift and carry objects of 50 pounds or more, and handle taxing physical activity

    • Tolerate a construction environment which includes high places, small spaces, extreme temperatures, dirty spaces, loud noises, and a variety of construction-related smells

  • Matt Westhoff Matt Westhoff
    Carpentry
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    Matt Westhoff joined the South Tech High School team in 2018. He started his career in Carpentry in 2003. Matt graduated from Ranken Technical College in 2002 and joined the St. Louis Carpenters Union in 2005. In his spare time, Matt enjoys spending time with his family and being outdoors.