Carpenters construct, erect, install, or repair structures and fixtures made of wood, such as concrete forms; building frameworks, including partitions, joists, studding, and rafters; wood stairways, window and door frames, and hardwood floors. May also install cabinets, siding, drywall and batt or roll insulation. Includes brattice builders who build doors or brattices (ventilation walls or partitions) in underground passageways to control the proper circulation of air through the passageways and to the working places.

Carpentry Helper

As a carpentry helper, you will be able to join a framing contractor or general construction firm that specializes in wood frame projects.

To complete this workforce training certificate, you must complete the following courses:

  • TEC-5900 Carpentry I, Part 1
  • TEC-5910 Carpentry I, Part 2

Prerequisite: You must complete TEC-9300 Construction Trades Core Skills - General before starting this certificate.

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TEC-5600 Rafters and Roof Framing

Joists and rafters are the skeletal bones of a roof framing system. Today’s modern roof framing includes factory-built trusses, but the old tried and true method of roof construction and repair is referred to as stick-built framing. In this course, you will examine common roof types and learn the tricks-of-the-trade. You will discover how to properly measure lengths and perform angle calculations to correctly craft each type of rafter and how to install roof sheathing. Textbook required and can be purchased at

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TEC-5610 Stairs and Stringers

Rise and run. This may sound like a coastal flood advisory, but these are terms used to calculate the construction of stairways or forms for concrete stairs. In this course, you will sharpen your math and construction skills by laying out stair stringers and treads through precise measuring and cutting. Textbook required and can be purchased at

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TEC-5620 Floor Framing Systems

In baseball, the batter's starting point is home plate. In Floor Framing, the framer's starting
point is the sill plate. Topics in this course include reading specifications and plans, analyzing various framing systems, identifying trusses and I-Joists, joist hangers and more. Your role in this course is to learn to estimate, layout, and construct sill plates, floor joists, trimmers, header joists, bridging, and a subfloor. Textbook required and can be purchased at

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TEC-5630 Wall Framing Systems

Residential and commercial framing is often referred to as the "bones" of any building structure. Accurate measuring, layout, leveling, and plumbing of walls is required when framing wall systems. This course offers trainees hands-on instruction in proper layout and assembly of corners, partition intersections, built-up and other types of headers, wall openings, and how to plumb, align, and brace walls. Trainees also learn trade terminology and how to estimate wall framing materials. Textbook required and can be purchased at

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TEC-7470 Maryland Building Codes

Learn about Maryland's law related to building codes-the Maryland Building Performance Standards (MBPS). Each jurisdiction in Maryland uses the same edition of the same building codes, the international Building Code and the International Residential Code. However, each local jurisdiction in Maryland may modify these codes to suit local conditions. In addition to an overview of MBPS, you will become familiar with codes specific to Charles, Calvert, and St. Mary's counties.

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TEC-5900 Carpentry I, Part 1

Do you possess the following characteristics: professionalism, honesty, loyalty, willingness to learn and communicate, and a positive attitude?  These are the characteristics of a successful carpenter. In this four-level curriculum, students are introduced to the construction trade; building materials, fasteners, and adhesives; hand and power tools; construction drawings, specifications, and layout. Textbook required.

Prerequisite: TEC-9300 Construction Trades Core Skills- General

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TEC-5910 Carpentry I, Part 2

Did you know that different building framing systems are used for construction in different parts of the country? Economic conditions, availability of building materials, and climate contribute to the reasons for different framing and roofing systems. In Part 2 of this NCCER curriculum, you will explore floor and wall systems, ceiling joist and roof framing; building envelope systems; and stair layout. Students will demonstrate their ability to layout and frame walls, floors, and rafters.  Textbook Required.

Prerequisite: TEC-5900 Carpentry I, Part 1

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These courses are held at the Center for Trades and Energy Training (CT Building) at the Regional Hughesville Campus.

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