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Carpentry students building bird houses
Sparks fly at our Community Connect Event
Phlebotomy students practicing their skills


Instructor: Doug McClure

Possible Industry Certifications:

  • Kentucky TRACK Pre-Apprenticeship Certification

A good Carpenter is becoming a treasure of the past. Carpentry has become more involved in recent years, and demands and expectations are increasing along with times. There are many good paying jobs out there for lead carpenters who choose to further their knowledge in the commercial or the residential field. Carpentry is not always about driving nails, for someone who takes pride in their work, the possibilities are endless.

The Carpentry Program here at Nelson County is tailor made for any new student who wants to enter the field, or just gain some background knowledge on basic carpentry.

Our courses include:

CAR 126 Intro to Construction Carpentry – This course is the introduction to the construction carpentry industry. The class will emphasize safe and proper methods of operating hand tools, portable power tools, and stationary power tools in the construction industry.

CAR 190 Floor & Wall Framing – The student will practice floor framing, layout, and construction of floor frames. Cutting and installing floor and wall framing members according to plans and specifications will also be practiced.

CAR 196 Ceiling & Roof Framing – This course covers roof types and combinations of roof types used in the construction industry. The emphasis of this course is on layout, cutting and installing ceiling joists, rafters, roof decking, and roof coverings.

CAR 140 Site Layout & Foundations – Students will prepare materials, calculate the cost for a building site, and layout a site with a transit, locating property lines and corners. Students calculate the amount of concrete needed for footing and foundation walls and construct different types of foundations and forms.

CAR 200 Exterior & Interior Finishing– This course presents basic concepts of building trim, gypsum wallboard, paneling, base, ceiling and wall molding with instruction on acoustical ceilings and insulation, wood floors, tile, inlaid adhesive and tools of the flooring trade. This course will continue to refine the techniques and skills taught in the previous carpentry courses. In this course, cost control, speed, and precision are emphasized. In addition, students will perfect the skills associated with the exterior finishing of a house.

CAR 240 Cabinet Construction & Installation – Students will layout and plan the construction of base and wall cabinets.  They will prepare wood surfaces for finishing as well as install cabinets and special units.

Special Topics – Construction Carpentry – Explores concepts and/or skills from special areas of interest in Construction Carpentry.

CAR 199 Co-Op – Co-op provides supervised on-the-job work experience related to the student’s educational objectives. Students participating in the Co-op Education program receive compensation for their work.

ACR 198 Internship – Includes various Construction Carpentry Technology topics, issues and trends. Topics may vary semester to semester at the discretion of the instructor.