• Program: Carpentry
  • Degree: Occupational Certificate
  • Credits: Total Occupational Certificate Credits 17
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General construction laborers perform a wide variety of activities during all phases of construction. They assist carpenters and other specialized contractors in framing, roofing, and interior and exterior finishing during the building and/or remodeling of residential and commercial structures. They read blueprints, sketches and specifications for information pertaining to dimensions, types of materials required and standards of work. General construction laborers work with a variety of hand tools, power tools and equipment. They work in a variety of physically demanding situations including weather extremes, heights and enclosed areas.

Career Opportunities

A person trained as a general construction laborer will support craft workers with their duties. They may assist a general carpenter or someone who specializes in areas such as: framer, interior finisher, sider, shingler, drywall installer, acoustical ceiling installer, maintenance carpenter, millwright, bridge builder or prefabrication production builder. They may also go into related fields of work such as sales, lumber yard management, or factory representative.

Award Outcomes:

  • Practice safe work habits.
  • Develop blueprint reading skills.
  • Assemble floor, wall, roof and stair systems.
  • Install interior and exterior finishes.
  • Apply various moisture and vapor management techniques.

Required Credits

Technical Studies Requirements 17 Credits
General Education Requirements 0 Credits

Elective Credits

Technical Studies Electives 0 Credits
General Education Electives 0 Credits

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