PVCC Workforce Services Carpentry

Job Outlook

Carpenters make up the largest building trades occupation in the industry and those with all-around skills are in high demand.  According to the Bureau of Labor and Statistics, in 2019 the median pay for carpenters was $48,330 per year.

The following classes are held at Heartmoor Farms.

Basic Carpentry

Learn about basic tool use, safety equipment, types of wood and different cuts of wood, as well as some fundamentals of house framing.  Both hand and power tools will be taught and used to complete a simple group project. Students are encouraged to bring drawings, photographs, and questions about their own maintenance and repair issues or building dreams.

Mondays  |  Aug. 17-Sept. 21  |  6-8:30 p.m.  |  Heartmoor Farm, Kents Store, VA  |  $285

Intermediate Carpentry

Continue the work from Basic Carpentry designing and building a small project. Topics continue on hand and power tool use, safety, and measurement skills. Fastening, joinery techniques, and structural integrity of existing buildings as well as a focus on individual’s current projects will be discussed. This is an intermediate class with the goal of completing a group project.

Prerequisite: Basic Carpentry

Mondays  |  Sept. 28-Nov. 2  |  6-8:30 p.m. |  Heartmoor Farms, Kents Store, VA  |  $315

Advanced Methods in Wood

The Advanced Methods in Wood class deals with the combination of joints and materials in furniture. Emphasis is placed on finer details in individual projects, integrity of design, well executed scaled drawings suitable for engineering use, and processing salvage or green lumber. Topics continue on hand and power tool use, safety, measurement, and refinement of skills. Specialty fastening, more joinery techniques, and in-depth consideration of wood finishes and species are included on the syllabus.

Prerequisite: Intermediate Carpentry at Heartmoor or significant experience.

Mondays  |  Nov. 9-Dec. 14  |  6-8:30 p.m.  | Heartmoor Farm, Kents Store, VA  |  $265 


Contact Greg Rosko at grosko@pvcc.edu