Pre-Vocational Programs

  • The carpentry shop is a pre-vocational program designed to prepare students to move on to regular education programs such as vocational-technical schools, trade schools, an apprentice level program, or entry level on the job training

    Explore the following areas:

    • Cabinetry and furniture making
    • Manufacturing models
    • Residential and industrial construction techniques


    Emphasis on:

    • Following Instructions
    • Work Ethic
    • Following Safety Procedures
    • Organization
    • Job Performance


    Skills Taught:

    • Proper techniques and safety of hand tools, portable power tools, and large machine
    • Measurement and math related to carpentry

Employment Opportunities

Construction Laborers

  • O*NET-Standard Occupation Classification Code: 47-2061.00

    Job Description:

    Perform tasks involving physical labor at building, highway, and heavy construction projects, tunnel and shaft excavations, and demolition sites. May operate hand and power tools of all types: air hammers, earth tampers, cement mixers, small mechanical hoists, surveying and measuring equipment, and a variety of other equipment and instruments. May clean and prepare sites, dig trenches, set braces to support the sides of excavations, erect scaffolding, clean up rubble and debris, and remove asbestos, lead, and other hazardous waste materials. May assist other craft workers.

    Sample of reported job titles:

    Laborer, Construction Laborer, Cement Finisher, Construction Worker, Helper, Post Framer, Curb and Gutter Laborer, Drain Layer, Drop Crew Laborer, Punch Out Crew Member

Drywall Installers

  • O*NET-Standard Occupation Classification Code: 47-2081.00

    Job Description:

    Apply plasterboard or other wallboard to ceilings or interior walls of buildings. Apply or mount acoustical tiles or blocks, strips, or sheets of shock-absorbing materials to ceilings and walls of buildings to reduce or reflect sound. Materials may be of decorative quality. Includes lathers who fasten wooden, metal, or rockboard lath to walls, ceilings or partitions of buildings to provide support base for plaster, fireproofing, or acoustical material.

    Sample of reported job titles:

    Drywall Finisher, Drywall Hanger, Drywall Mechanic, Ceiling Installer, Dry Wall Installer, Exterior Interior Specialist, Metal Framer, Metal Stud Framer, Sheetrock Hanger, Sheetrock Installer

Helper Carpenters

  • O*NET-Standard Occupation Classification Code: 47-3012.00

    Job Description:

    Help carpenters by performing duties of lesser skill. Duties include using, supplying or holding materials or tools, and cleaning work area and equipment.

    Sample of reported job titles:

    Carpenter Helper, Carpenter Apprentice

Maintenance Repair Helpers

  • O*NET-Standard Occupation Classification Code: 49-9098.00

    Job Description:

    Help installation, maintenance, and repair workers in maintenance, parts replacement, and repair of vehicles, industrial machinery, and electrical and electronic equipment. Perform duties, such as furnishing tools, materials, and supplies to other workers; cleaning work area, machines, and tools; and holding materials or tools for other workers.

    Sample of reported job titles:

    Maintenance Technician, Maintenance Mechanic, Building Equipment Operator (BEO), Trades Helper, Maintenance Helper, General Maintenance Mechanic, Well Tender, Facilities Maintenance Technician, Technician's Helper, Apprentice/Lineman

Production Worker Helpers

  • O*NET-Standard Occupation Classification Code: 51-9198.00

    Job Description:

    Help production workers by performing duties of lesser skill. Duties include supplying or holding materials or tools, and cleaning work area and equipment.

    Sample of reported job titles:

    Machine Operator, Press Helper, Service Person, Support Team Member, Utility Worker, Assistant Operator, Backup Operator, Clean Up Person, Factory Laborer, Factory Worker