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According to United Stated Bureau of Labor Statistics, careers in the carpentry trades are expected to rise 24% by the year 2022. This class offers students the opportunity to explore creativity and self-expression through the use of various building materials. Students are introduced to the building trade and they learn the proper and safe use of wood working equipment, including hand and power tools. As the class progresses, students will begin building large projects such as sheds, gazebos, and other structures.

Career Fields Include:
Custom Woodworker, Residential Carpenter, Commercial Carpenter, Industrial Carpenter, Building Tradesperson

Units:  2
Grades:  10-12
Site: Dorchester

 This course is part of the instructional program that prepares students to perform entry-level building construction tasks under the direction of a supervisor or an experienced craftsman. Primary instruction is given in basic carpentry, masonry, residential electricity, plumbing and safety practices. There is a $20 shop fee due at the beginning of each semester required for this course. 

Units:  2
Grades:  10-12
Site: Dorchester

Prerequisite: Building Construction 1 with a grade of 70 or higher 

This course provides in-depth instruction on floor systems, wall framing, roofing and brick masonry. Students learn to read and interpret blueprints, sketches and building plans. Students may be eligible to participate in cooperative work experiences or apprenticeships, which combine career and technology training with supervised work experience in business and industry.  This career field’s current salary range in South Carolina is $11.53 to $19.95 per hour (www.onetonline.org).  There is a $20 shop fee due at the beginning of each semester required for this course. 

Building Construction III- Work Based Learning

Credits: 1
Grades 11- 12 
Prerequisite: Student must have completed carpentry I & II at DCCTC as well as have a satisfactory instructor recommendation.
Students who have completed carpentry I & II at DCCTC and desire work experience in the field may choose to further enhance their skills by enrolling in our work based learning course. Students will learn daily duties and participate in on-site training. Students must provide their own transportation to work sites.


Benjamin Crawford

Mr. Crawford’s interest in teaching began back in high school after being inspired by his carpentry teacher. Mr. Crawford went to work in the building trades and has more than 30-years of experience in residential and commercial building. In addition to owning his own residential construction company, he has worked as a construction advisor for the Beach Company in Charleston, United Methodist Rural Mission of John’s Island and the City of Charleston Housing Rehab Department.  


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