Carpenter’s Helper (Enhanced Skills)

Recipients of the Carpenter’s Helper (Enhanced Skills) credential have demonstrated concept proficiency and completed  the following tasks:

Student applies shop and occupational safety skills:

  1. Follows universal safety precautions
  2. Displays a safe attitude when working
  3. Performs work in a safe manner without being told.
  4. Identifies potential dangers and understands their consequences in independent work situations.
  5. Uses hand tools safely and accurately.
  6. Uses safety equipment appropriately.
  7. Identify the types of signs and markings used on the job site.

Student demonstrates basic measuring skills for carpentry:

  1. Identify the parts of the English measuring system.
  2. Demonstrate an understanding of the metric system.
  3. Identify the metric system and convert between the English system.
  4. Identify the reasons for using the English and metric systems of measurement.
  5. Describe the tools used in measuring activities.
  6. Accurately measure, mark and cut wood.
  7. Identify measurement tools used in carpentry.
  8. Use mathematic computations and measurement skills in planning and designing a workbench.
  9. Identify and discuss geometric patterns that repeat or that have rotational or reflective symmetry.
  10. Calculate the area or perimeter of various two-dimensional shapes.
  11. Understand the application of mathematic skills to the carpentry trade.

Student describes carpentry industry opportunities:

  1. Demonstrate knowledge of job opportunities in carpentry.
  2. Demonstrate knowledge of skills needed in the carpentry field.

Student describes the characteristics of building materials:

  1. Describe and recognize different types of lumber.
  2. Describe and recognize lumber definitions.
  3. Identify lumber used in carpentry.

Student demonstrates competent and safe use of basic tools used in carpentry:

  1. Use hand saws safely and accurately.
  2. Check for level and square using a variety of squaring, plumbing and leveling techniques and tools.
  3. Identify hand tools used in carpentry.
  4. Use a sander safely and accurately.

Student will be able to read basic blueprints:

  1. Recognize and identify basic blueprint terms, components, and symbols.
  2. Recognize different classifications of drawings.
  3. Understand the difference in architectural and engineer scales.

Student will complete two wood projects:

  1. Follow directions in building a carpentry project.
  2. Prime wood in preparation for painting.
  3. Paint a completed carpentry project.
  4. Identify primers and paint used on the job site.
  5. Safely use tools and equipment to complete a project.

Student will complete project cost sheet:

  1. Use math skills to compute cost of project.

Student will demonstrate writing skills and oral presentation skills:

  1. Demonstrate the ability to use writing skills.
  2. Use writing skills to compare and contrast items used in the carpentry trade.
  3. Develop and deliver a presentation promoting the career choice as a carpenter.


Student will demonstrate employability and life skills:

  1. Completes a personal data sheet.
  2. Completes a job application.
  3. Conducts a job search.
  4. Prepares a resume.
  5. Prepares a cover letter.
  6. Demonstrates effective interview skills.
  7. Demonstrates effective job keeping skills.
  8. Demonstrates life skills.

Student demonstrates work ethics/employability skills:

  1. Reports to work area and dresses appropriately for work.
  2. Has all supplies needed to perform work.
  3. Starts work promptly.
  4. Asks instructor for assistance if needed.
  5. Stays on task.
  6. Demonstrates correct social skills at all times.
  7. Asks instructor for work assignment if necessary.
  8. Cleans up work area at the end of the period without being asked.
  9. Works cooperatively with others on group projects.
  10. Works independently after being assigned a task.
  11. Accepts constructive criticism.
  12. Notifies school/employer of absence or tardiness.
  13. Accepts and performs additional tasks willingly.
  14. Examines personality traits important to business
  15. Demonstrates knowledge of skills required of the occupation.


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