The carpentry program provides instruction in finish carpentry, house construction, remodeling and current building codes. Carpentry students are instructed in the use of basic hand tools, portable and stationary power equipment, estimation and use of building materials, millwork fabrication, project lay-out and design. Students are also involved in various school remodeling projects as well as projects for municipalities and non-profits within the Whittier School District. In addition to technical knowledge, students are instructed in the areas of the occupational safety and health, employability, and entrepreneurship leading to varied career opportunities.
Successful completion of the Carpentry program will satisfy one of the three years of experience required by the state for Construction Supervisor certification.
In addition, through a newly established articulation agreement, graduates of the program can apply to the Boston Carpenters Apprenticeship & Training Fund (BCATF), the Eastern Massachusetts Carpenters Apprenticeship & Training Fund, and the Construction Craft Laborers Apprenticeship Program & Training Committees (JATC). Graduates who meet the standards for admission have the opportunity for accelerated advancement through the program.
After graduation, students are employable as framers, finish carpenters, cabinetmakers, remodelers, dry wallers, siders, and lumberyard employees involved with distribution and sales.
Articulation Agreements between Whittier Regional Vocational Technical High School’s Carpentry program exist at the following colleges and institutions:
Boston Carpenter’s Apprenticeship & Training Fund (BCATF)
Eastern Massachusetts Carpenter’s Apprenticeship & Training Fund
New England Institute of Technology
New Hampshire Technical College
Central Maine Community College
Construction Craft Laborers Apprenticeship & Training Committee (JATC)
Carpentry graduates and co-op students are working at the following companies: