As a Trade Contractor

CARPENTERS construct, erect, install, and repair structures and fixtures of wood, such as windows, doors, frames, floorings, and trim, or hardware, using hand and power tools.

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  2.  Salary  
  3.  Career  
  4.  Costs  
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As a trade contractor...


  • study specifications in blueprints, sketches or building plans to prepare project layout and determine dimensions and materials required
  • measure and mark cutting lines on materials, using ruler, pencil, chalk and marking gauge
  • shape and cut materials to specified measurements
  • assemble and fasten materials to make framework or props, and verify trueness of structure with plumb bob and level
  • build or repair cabinets, doors, frameworks, floors, and other wooden fixtures used in buildings
  • check accuracy of their work and make any necessary adjustments
  • remove damaged or defective parts or sections of structures, and repair or replace them
  • erect scaffolding and ladders for assembling some structures
  • learn and abide by local building codes which often dictate where certain materials can be used.

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Economic Research Institute (Survey of Salaries in 2004)

Career Pathway

Experienced CONSTRUCTION LABORERS may qualify for, or become trainees for a skilled position such as carpenter, painter, or other construction trades. Some workers with more experience and ability may become supervisors. 


Registration Fees

  • $175 Level I
  • $175 Level II
  • $175 Level III
  • $175 Level IV
      $700 Total

Admission Requirements

No additional requirements for this course. Students under 18 years of age must complete a minor permission form.

Additional Information

Contact Continuing Education and Workforce Development Department Monday - Thursday 8 am - 8 pm  and Friday, 8 am - 5 pm at (828) 726-2242 or contact David Coffey at (828) 726-2617 email at