Carpentry Assistant Training Program

Training Program

Duration: 9 weeks

Training Program Start Date

January 2024

Carpentry Assistant

What does a Carpentry Assistant do?

A Carpentry Assistant supports carpenters by preparing materials, maintaining tools, and assisting in various woodworking tasks. They contribute to the overall efficiency of construction projects by handling essential duties like measuring, cutting, and assembling materials. Carpentry Assistants play a key role in ensuring smooth operations in carpentry work.

What does the Carpentry Assistant program include?

The Carpentry Assistant Training is a comprehensive 9-week program designed to equip participants with the essential skills and knowledge needed for a successful career in carpentry. The course covers a range of modules, starting with an introduction to carpentry, construction materials, and basic woodworking techniques. Safety practices, both in terms of personal protective equipment and the operation of power tools, are emphasized throughout. Participants progress from basic to advanced building techniques, including framing and the construction of more complex structures. The program also focuses on developing the ability to read and interpret construction blueprints and plans, as well as mastering the use and maintenance of power tools and machinery. Practical training is a key component, offering hands-on experience in measuring, cutting, joining, and finishing tasks under supervision. The course concludes with certification and a discussion of potential employment opportunities and career pathways within the carpentry field.

Course Modules Outline:

  • Definition and responsibilities of a Carpenter.
  • An overview of construction materials, focusing on types of wood and their properties.
  • Introducing basic woodworking techniques like measuring, cutting, joining, and finishing.
  • Knowledge of woodworking hand tools and their usage.
  • The importance of safety practices: Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), emergency procedures.
  • Safe operation of basic power tools and machinery.

• Introduction to framing techniques for construction.
• Practice in building simple structures, such as workbenches or small furniture items.

• Focus on constructing more complex structures like storage units or shelves.
• Selection of appropriate fastening techniques and hardware.

• Behind-the-wheel training to understand vehicle handling in diverse working conditions.
• Guidance on planning efficient routes depending on factors such as load type and destination distance while considering restrictions like low bridges or weight restricted roads.

• Understanding and interpreting construction blueprints and plans.
• Scale modeling and drafting basics.

• Identification and proper use of power tools and larger woodworking machinery.
• Maintenance, troubleshooting, and storage of carpentry tools and equipment.

• Hands-on workshop practice under supervision.
• Practical experience in measuring, cutting, joining, and finishing tasks.

• Review of learnings via written and practical assessments.
• Discussion about career pathways in carpentry, including advancement options into a full carpenter role.

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