Carpenter (Apprenticeship)


Applicants must be currently employed in the trade; must be formally registered as apprentices with the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities (MTCU); and have a valid “Offer of Classroom Training” from the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities that includes your Ministry Client ID and approved Class Number.

Eligibility is determined by the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities.  For more information please see application information.

The Carpenter Apprenticeship program at Algonquin College fulfills the in-class requirements for a carpentry apprenticeship program, and prepares students to work as skilled carpenters in the construction industry. Registration for Apprenticeship programs takes place through the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities.

College Certificate
24 Week(s)

Program Code: 0504X01FWO
Academic Year: 2015/2016


Our Program

This apprenticeship program fulfills the in-class requirements for the General Carpenter apprenticeship program and prepares apprentices to work as skilled carpenters in the construction industry.

Carpenters are required to perform a variety of specialized jobs, including rough carpentry, form building, framing, fine finishing and maintenance work. In addition to these skills, a carpenter needs to have a basic understanding of standard building procedures, building regulations and properties of materials. Due to the construction industry involving the combined efforts of a number of different trades, carpenters must be familiar with the relationship of carpentry work to that of other journeymen.

The program consists of three levels of theory and practical study. In Level 01 apprentices are introduced to safety, materials and tools common to all construction projects. Hand tools, as well as portable and stationary power tools, are used to construct shop projects and reinforce theoretical knowledge. Level 02 focuses on the residential construction process. Apprentices learn the theoretical and practical application of foundation systems, framing, equal and unequal slope hip roofs, exterior and interior finish, as well as the basic principles of building science. Level 03 focuses on carpentry in the industrial, commercial and institutional (ICI) sector and includes building layout, concrete form work, stair building, interior finishing and an introduction to Timber Framing.

SUCCESS FACTORS

This program is well-suited for apprentices who:

  • Enjoy learning about carpentry and the construction industry in a mix of practical and theory settings.
  • Like analyzing and solving problems.
  • Are attentive to detail.

Your Career

Apprenticeship graduates may be employed in the residential and industrial, commercial and institutional (ICI) construction industries.

Courses

Programs at Algonquin College are delivered using a variety of instruction modes. Courses may be offered in the classroom or lab, entirely online, or in a hybrid mode which combines classroom sessions with online learning activities. Upon registration, each full-time student is provided an Algonquin email account which is used to communicate important information about program or course events.
Level: 01 Hours
DRA8831 The ability to read, interpret and prepare drawings, plans and sketches is essential in the carpentry trade. Through lectures, demonstrations, assignments, sketching and drawing activities, apprentices read and interpret simple drawings, use standard drafting tools, read and apply metric and U.S. Customary units and produce basic construction plans. Apprentices also examine the roles of owner, architect, engineer, contractor, as well as controlling authorities, regulations and the Ontario Building Code.

Co-requisites: WEL8831 and WOO8813 and WOO8814
Plans, Specifications and Codes I The ability to read, interpret and prepare drawings, plans and sketches is essential in the carpentry trade. Through lectures, demonstrations, assignments, sketching and drawing activities, apprentices read and interpret simple drawings, use standard drafting tools, read and apply metric and U.S. Customary units and produce basic construction plans. Apprentices also examine the roles of owner, architect, engineer, contractor, as well as controlling authorities, regulations and the Ontario Building Code.

Co-requisites: WEL8831 and WOO8813 and WOO8814
24.0
WEL8831 Welding is a skill essential to the carpentry trade. Apprentices develop basic competence in welding by understanding of the operating principles of oxy-acetylene cutting and Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW). Apprentices also examine the principles of flame types and temperatures, joint preparation, welding electrode compositions, as well as general safety practices. Theory and practical instruction are offered in a lab setting.

Co-requisites: DRA8831 and WOO8813 and WOO8814
Welding for General Carpenters Welding is a skill essential to the carpentry trade. Apprentices develop basic competence in welding by understanding of the operating principles of oxy-acetylene cutting and Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW). Apprentices also examine the principles of flame types and temperatures, joint preparation, welding electrode compositions, as well as general safety practices. Theory and practical instruction are offered in a lab setting.

Co-requisites: DRA8831 and WOO8813 and WOO8814
16.0
WOO8813 Selecting and using hand and power tools, materials, and fasteners is the basis of safe and skillful practice in the trades. Through theoretical and practical instruction, apprentices explore the history of the carpentry trade, hand and power tools, basic carpentry and joinery operations, lumber and engineered wood products, the Occupational Health and Safety Act, hoisting and rigging techniques and the safe use of ladders and scaffold equipment.

Co-requisites: DRA8831 and WEL8831 and WOO8814
Safety, Materials and Tools Selecting and using hand and power tools, materials, and fasteners is the basis of safe and skillful practice in the trades. Through theoretical and practical instruction, apprentices explore the history of the carpentry trade, hand and power tools, basic carpentry and joinery operations, lumber and engineered wood products, the Occupational Health and Safety Act, hoisting and rigging techniques and the safe use of ladders and scaffold equipment.

Co-requisites: DRA8831 and WEL8831 and WOO8814
168.0
WOO8814 The ability to solve carpentry-related mathematics and construction geometry problems puts apprentices at a considerable advantage in the trade. In the math portion, apprentices review the skills to add, subtract, multiply and divide fractions commonly used in construction, as well as the process of converting fractions to decimal format. Apprentices also determine perimeter, area and volume of shapes using both U.S. Customary units and metric measurement, as well as use the Pythagorean Theorem and the principle of similar triangles to calculate the length of sides for right-angle triangles. In the geometry portion, apprentices apply the basic principles of geometric layout used in construction.

Co-requisites: DRA8831 and WEL8831 and WOO8813
Estimating, Calculation and Layout I The ability to solve carpentry-related mathematics and construction geometry problems puts apprentices at a considerable advantage in the trade. In the math portion, apprentices review the skills to add, subtract, multiply and divide fractions commonly used in construction, as well as the process of converting fractions to decimal format. Apprentices also determine perimeter, area and volume of shapes using both U.S. Customary units and metric measurement, as well as use the Pythagorean Theorem and the principle of similar triangles to calculate the length of sides for right-angle triangles. In the geometry portion, apprentices apply the basic principles of geometric layout used in construction.

Co-requisites: DRA8831 and WEL8831 and WOO8813
32.0
Level: 02 Hours
DRA8832 The ability to interpret residential building codes and blueprints enables apprentices to take on greater responsibilities in the carpentry trade. Through lectures, demonstrations, assignments, and drawings, apprentices practise reading and interpreting residential drawings with reference to plot plans; foundation and floor plans; elevation, section, and detail drawings; as well as specifications and schedules.

Prerequisites: DRA8831

Co-requisites: WOO8823 and WOO8824
Plans, Specifications and Codes II The ability to interpret residential building codes and blueprints enables apprentices to take on greater responsibilities in the carpentry trade. Through lectures, demonstrations, assignments, and drawings, apprentices practise reading and interpreting residential drawings with reference to plot plans; foundation and floor plans; elevation, section, and detail drawings; as well as specifications and schedules.

Prerequisites: DRA8831

Co-requisites: WOO8823 and WOO8824
24.0
WOO8823 Understanding the basics of residential construction reinforces the essential role of the carpentry trade in home building. Through theoretical and practical instruction, apprentices explore foundation systems; beams; framing floors, walls and roofs; interior and exterior finishing; and energy efficiency. Lectures, demonstrations, videos, and practical projects help apprentices understand these topics for both new-construction and renovation applications.

Prerequisites: WOO8813

Co-requisites: DRA8832 and WOO8824
Residential Construction Understanding the basics of residential construction reinforces the essential role of the carpentry trade in home building. Through theoretical and practical instruction, apprentices explore foundation systems; beams; framing floors, walls and roofs; interior and exterior finishing; and energy efficiency. Lectures, demonstrations, videos, and practical projects help apprentices understand these topics for both new-construction and renovation applications.

Prerequisites: WOO8813

Co-requisites: DRA8832 and WOO8824
192.0
WOO8824 Estimating time and material quantities is necessary before residential construction work begins. Through lectures and practical exercises, apprentices use working drawings to take off material quantities and produce cost estimates for foundations, framing, exterior and interior finishes of a residential construction project.

Prerequisites: WOO8814

Co-requisites: DRA8832 and WOO8823
Estimating, Calculation and Layout II Estimating time and material quantities is necessary before residential construction work begins. Through lectures and practical exercises, apprentices use working drawings to take off material quantities and produce cost estimates for foundations, framing, exterior and interior finishes of a residential construction project.

Prerequisites: WOO8814

Co-requisites: DRA8832 and WOO8823
24.0
Level: 03 Hours
DRA8833 Interpreting industrial, commercial and institutional (ICI) building specifications and drawings enables apprentices to advance their careers in the carpentry trade. Apprentices examine ICI construction regulating authorities, building codes, plans and specifications through lectures, demonstrations, assignments and drawings. Topics include ground work; foundations; floors, walls and roofs; interior and exterior finish; electrical and mechanical drawings; and accessibility.

Prerequisites: DRA8832

Co-requisites: WOO8835 and WOO8839
Plans, Specifications and Codes III Interpreting industrial, commercial and institutional (ICI) building specifications and drawings enables apprentices to advance their careers in the carpentry trade. Apprentices examine ICI construction regulating authorities, building codes, plans and specifications through lectures, demonstrations, assignments and drawings. Topics include ground work; foundations; floors, walls and roofs; interior and exterior finish; electrical and mechanical drawings; and accessibility.

Prerequisites: DRA8832

Co-requisites: WOO8835 and WOO8839
24.0
WOO8835 Estimating time and material quantities for industrial, commercial and institutional (ICI) construction enables apprentices to advance their careers in the carpentry trade. Apprentices use working drawings to take off material quantities and produce cost estimates for items such as concrete formwork, concrete volumes, commercial roofs, interior finishes and temporary components, such as guardrails, ramps and hoarding.

Prerequisites: WOO8824

Co-requisites: DRA8833 and WOO8839
Estimating, Calculation and Layout III Estimating time and material quantities for industrial, commercial and institutional (ICI) construction enables apprentices to advance their careers in the carpentry trade. Apprentices use working drawings to take off material quantities and produce cost estimates for items such as concrete formwork, concrete volumes, commercial roofs, interior finishes and temporary components, such as guardrails, ramps and hoarding.

Prerequisites: WOO8824

Co-requisites: DRA8833 and WOO8839
24.0
WOO8839 A sound grounding in industrial, commercial and institutional (ICI) construction helps apprentices understand the essential role of the carpentry trade. Apprentices examine site practices and layout; soil conditions; shoring and underpinning; forms for footings, piers, walls, columns, stairs, and beams and scaffolding. Apprentices erect concrete formwork for walls and suspended slabs; install drywall, suspended ceilings and steel stud walls; as well as install commercial doors and related hardware. Apprentices also construct straight-run wood stairs with railing and quarter-turn winder stairs; use theodolites and automatic levels for site and building layout; as well as layout and construct a timber frame structure.

Prerequisites: WOO8823

Co-requisites: DRA8833 and WOO8835
Industrial, Commercial, Institutional (Ici) Construction A sound grounding in industrial, commercial and institutional (ICI) construction helps apprentices understand the essential role of the carpentry trade. Apprentices examine site practices and layout; soil conditions; shoring and underpinning; forms for footings, piers, walls, columns, stairs, and beams and scaffolding. Apprentices erect concrete formwork for walls and suspended slabs; install drywall, suspended ceilings and steel stud walls; as well as install commercial doors and related hardware. Apprentices also construct straight-run wood stairs with railing and quarter-turn winder stairs; use theodolites and automatic levels for site and building layout; as well as layout and construct a timber frame structure.

Prerequisites: WOO8823

Co-requisites: DRA8833 and WOO8835
192.0

Fees & Expenses

Tuition Fees: $400 per level.

Incidental Fees: $100 per level.

Information Technology Fee: $43 per level.

Students are responsible for supplying their own personal hand tools. Books and supplies can be purchased in the campus store.

Students are responsible for parking and locker fees, if applicable.

All students are responsible to supply their own personal protective equipment (such as CSA approved safety footwear, protective eyewear, hearing protection, gloves, hard hat) as required in each lab environment.

Admission Requirements 

Program Eligibility

  • Applicants must be formally registered as apprentices, must be currently employed in the trade, and must be released by employers to attend the College.
  • Eligibility is determined by the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities.

Application Information

Registration for Apprenticeship programs takes place through the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities, Employment Ontario. For further
information, contact:

Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities
Employment and Training Division
347 Preston Street
3rd Floor, Suite 310
Ottawa, ON K1S 3H8

Telephone: 613-731-7100
Toll-free: 1-877-221-1220

Additional Information

For more information, please contact Greg Kenny, Program Coordinator, at 613-727-4723 ext. 3234 or Greg.Kenny@algonquincollege.com .
 
Every attempt is made to ensure the accuracy of the information in this publication. The College reserves the right to modify or cancel any course, program, fee, timetable, or campus location at any time