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CNST 100 - Carpentry Apprenticeship Level 1
CNST 100

Level 1 Apprenticeship training follows the Level 1 Provincial Apprenticeship curriculum. It provides an introduction to the carpentry trade focusing on work habits, safety, drawings, by-laws and materials. Hands-on learning will include layout, concrete, and framing. Learners who successfully complete Level 1 may progress to Level 2 Apprenticeship training.

  • Total Hours: 180
  • Lecture Hours: 19.5
  • Shop Teaching Kitchen: 10.5
Total Weeks:  6

This course is offered online:  No

Prerequisites:  Student must be a registered BC Apprentice
Learning Outcomes:

Upon successful completion of this course, learners will be able to:

Safe Work Practices
  • Describe and demonstrate the carpentry trade and the tasks performed by a carpenter
  • Identify and explain legislation that is applicable to the carpentry trade and to construction projects
  • Describe and demonstrate safe work practices, including the use of safety gear and fall protection systems
Documentation and Organization Skills
  • Interpret drawings and specifications, including the meaning of lines, symbols, and abbreviations used
  • Describe and identify building codes bylaws, the use of municipal permits, and the purpose of inspections
  • Describe wood characteristics including structural composition, species and characteristics, and common defects
  • Describe and identify framing lumber, uses, types, and storage
  • Calculate quantities and costs of framing lumber
  • Identify and describe engineered products, their use, and the their advantages/disadvantages
  • Identify, describe, and select framing fasteners and hardware
Trade Math
  • Describe and perform basic math concepts and operations
  • Describe and perform the basic calculator functions and operations
  • Describe and perform the metric measurement system (SI)
  • Describe and apply the imperial measurement system
  • Describe and perform calculations involving fractions
  • Convert measurements between metric and imperial systems
  • Working with equations
  • Describe and perform calculations using the Pythagorean Theorem
  • Identify and use formulas dealing with area
  • Identify and use formulas dealing with volume
  • Describe ratio and proportion and its application to solve trade-related calculations
  • Describe mechanical advantage and related calculations for levers, pulleys and gears
  • Describe percentage calculations and their trade related applications
Tools and Equipment
  • Describe and demonstrate the safe use and maintenance of hand tools used for measuring, layout, cutting, boring, aligning, and fastening
  • Describe and demonstrate the safe use and maintenance of portable power tools (including power-actuated tools, chain saws, circular saws, electric drills and screwdrivers, portable air systems, nailers and staplers, saber saws, and reciprocating saws), table saws, and radial air saw
Survey Instruments
  • Describe and demonstrate the use and maintenance of survey levels
  • Identify legal description on survey plans and describe how to locate the correct property from survey or plot plans
  • Describe the purpose of survey markers
Site Layouts
  • Describe excavation and grading procedures
Concrete Formwork
  • Describe and demonstrate the methods for squaring corners
  • Describe the location, installation, and line setting of batter boards
  • Describe and demonstrate the building of footings and wall forms
Frame Residential Housing
  • Describe types of wood frame construction
  • Describe and build foundations, floors, walls, partitions, gable roofs with ceiling joists, hip roofs, and straight stairs
  • Calculate quantities of framing materials
Apply Building Science
  • Describe the forces, live and dead loads, which act upon a building
  • Describe the compressive, tensile and lateral forces that act on a building and how these forces are counteracted
  • Describe construction design and principles used to counteract loads and forces
Grading System:  Percentage

Passing Grade:  70%
Percentage of Individual Work:  100

Course Offered in Other Programs:  No

  • Appropriate work clothing (minimum 4-6" sleeve, no shorts)
  • Leather tool belt
  • 25’ Imperial and Metric tap measure
  • Combination square
  • Olfa utility knife with locking blade
  • Nail puller
  • 22 oz. straight claw framing hammer
  • Chalk line
  • Steel-toed boots with ankle support CSA approved
  • Good quality safety glasses CSA approved
  • Work gloves

Textbooks: Textbooks are subject to change. Please contact the bookstore at your local campus for current book lists.

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