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Atlantic Technical College

Job Outlook in the Ft. Lauderdale area:

Demand for carpenters is expected to grow by about 6%* between 2014 and 2024

Entry level wages for carpenters are about $13/hour*. Actual wages vary according to education, experience and certifications. 

* Bureau of Labor Statistics
**The Florida Department of Economic Opportunity

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Carpentry – Starting in August 2017!


Program Length:  1200 hours/approx. 12 months – full time

Schedule:  M – F    7:00 a.m – 1:45 p.m

Admission Requirements:

  • 16 Years of Age or older
  • Complete a Program Orientation
  • Basic Skills Testing or Exemption
  • Interview with Program Counselor/Advisor

Course Content:
The Carpentry program prepares students for employment in the Construction and Manufacturing industries by teaching the skills of cutting shaping and installing building materials during the construction of buildings, ships, timber bridges, concrete formwork, and so much more.  Specialties within the carpentry field, such as rough, finish, trim, framing and formwork will be explored.

Carpentry students will experience all facets of the carpentry trade, including planning, management, finance, technical and production skills, underlying principles of technology, labor issues, community issues, and health, safety and environmental issues.

Additional Skills Covered:

  • Architectural & Engineering Measurement and Scale Drawing Techniques
  • Blueprint Reading and Code Interpretations
  • Building Construction Codes
  • Carpentry (Rough and Finish) Skills
  • Concrete Form, Place and Finish Techniques
  • Estimating Job Costs, Including Labor and Materials and Bidding Skills
  • Floor, Wall, Stair and Roof Calculations, Layout and Framing Skills
  • Painting applications & finish techniques
  • OSHA Safety Standards
  • Residential and Commercial Construction Techniques
  • Roofing Systems
  • Safety procedures for the use of power tools, hand tools and other equipment
  • Site Layout and Surveying Skills

Industry Certification Exam & State Credential
Students will be prepared to take an approved state and/or nationally recognized industry certification or licensure exam in their field of study.  Students who successfully earn the NCCER Carpentry 1 & 2 certifications may be eligible to enter the Carpentry Apprenticeship program at an accelerated level.

College Credit Transfer Opportunity and/or Advanced Credit
Upon completion of the program and meeting eligibility requirements, including the attainment of an aligned industry credential, students may be awarded credits toward an Associate Degree by Broward College or the Florida College System.  Students must enroll in Broward College within 2 years of completing the program at Atlantic Technical College. Additional college credit may be awarded with the attainment of additional industry credentials.

For more information on the Carpentry program, sign up today for a program orientation!

Advisor: vdhumphrey@browardschools.com

Get Started on your Career Plan Today!

Step 1⇒ Attend a Program Orientation

Step 2 ⇒ Take the Tests of Adult Basic Education or meet exemption criteria

  • See your counselor/advisor for details on test exemption criteria.
  • Accommodations for testing are available to qualified individuals. Visit the Office of Disability Services for details before testing.

Step 3 ⇒ Meet with your counselor/advisor 

  • Receive test results
  • Discuss technical or academic program placement
  • Special needs
  • Financial aid
  • Registration procedures

Step 4 ⇒ Registration and Enrollment

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