Carpentry - Course Planning

While earning a carpentry degree or certificate from Seattle Central College, you will learn project layout, machining and milling, methods of construction, preparation for finish and finishing techniques.

Questions about course planning? Contact us if you need help planning your next class.

First Quarter
Prefix Course Credits
WCO 110 Introduction to Professional Woodworking 18
Introduction to wood construction skills and safety, including safe operation of basic hand and power tools, wood construction terminology and materials. This is a required class for all three degree programs at the Wood Technology Center.
Students must obtain a First Aid and CPR/AED certification by the end of the first quarter.
Preservation and Remodeling
Prefix Course Credits
WCO 141 Remodel 18
Residential Remodel and Preservation Carpentry teaches basic carpentry knowledge and competence through lecture, lab and real-world projects. Course content and projects focus on current industry principles, best practices and methodologies in sustainable construction, deconstruction, and preservation.
Building Site, Foundation and Blueprint Reading
Prefix Course Credits
WCO 142 Blueprint Reading 4
 
WCO 143 Building Site Systems 5
 
WCO 144 Foundation Systems 9
These courses offers classroom instruction and supervised hands-on experience that provide students with the understanding, knowledge, and skills basic to the carpentry profession, constructing a building site and foundation system. Includes a combination of basic blueprint reading, strategies and techniques concerning safety, communication, and tool and material use; carpentry math, and building principles and physics, building site preparation, protection, and pre-construction layout strategies, foundation layout, form construction, concrete preparation, concrete types, concrete placement, and concrete finishes.
Framing
Prefix Course Credits
WCO 145 Framing Systems 9
Develops skills in structural framing systems including building physics, framing layout, alternative and traditional framing techniques and energy efficiency strategies. Covers appropriate selection of materials, products, tools and best practices for sustainable residential and light commercial construction. 
WCO 146 Roof Systems 5
Develops skills in roof systems including framing styles, roofing techniques, flashing, ventilation, roofing materials and installation strategies and techniques. Covers appropriate selection of materials, products, tools and best practices for sustainable residential and light commercial construction.
WCO 147 Stair Systems 5
Develops skills in stair systems, including interior and exterior framing styles, layout techniques, and design strategies and techniques. Covers appropriate selection of materials, products, tools and best practices for constructing durable stairways in residential and light commercial buildings. 
Note: If you have already taken English 105 (or higher) or Math 110 (or higher) OR if you have demonstrated proficiency in those courses through placement testing, you do not need to retake them. Contact the Wood Technology Center counselor or staff for more information about placement for classes.
Interior and Exterior Finish Carpentry
Prefix Course Credits
WCO 148 Exterior Finishes 9
Develops skills in building exterior systems including building enclosure design, siding installation techniques, installing insulation, window types and installation, flashing techniques and strategies, and trim design and installation techniques. Covers appropriate selection of materials, products, tools and best practices for sustainable residential and light commercial construction.
WCO 149 Interior Finishes 9
Introduction to 2D and 3D computer aided drafting and design (CADD) using the cross-platform program Vectorworks.
Related Instruction
Prefix Course Credits
ENGL 105 Applied Composition 3
Covers skills and strategies needed to meet writing demands in college and on the job.
MATH 110 Applied Math for Builders 3
Emphasis on applications of mathematics to vocational and technical courses.
WCO 203 Introduction to Vectorworks 3
Introduction to 2D and 3D computer aided drafting and design (CADD) using the cross-platform program Vectorworks.
PSYC 240 Psychology of Human Relations 3
Covers dynamics of organizations and human resources in the workplace: motivational theory, leadership, group processes, organizational theory, participatory management, conflict management and counseling. Primarily for professional-technical students.

Associate of Applied Science (AAS) Degree

Total Credits: 102

Contact the Wood Technology Center for more information about registering for classes.