Carpentry Apprenticeship Courses
Hawkeye offers a four level Carpentry Apprenticeship program using the NCCER curriculum. Carpenters with a wide range of skills are in demand in a variety of construction activities from highway construction to commercial construction and residential home remodeling. Carpenters construct, erect, install, and repair structures and fixtures made from wood and other materials. This four-level curriculum covers content such as Building Materials, Floor Systems, and Advanced Wall Systems.
Orientation to the Trade
Students will learn aptitudes, behaviors, and skills needed to be a successful carpenter and training, career and entrepreneurial opportunities within the carpentry trade. Topics include responsibilities of a person working in the construction industry, and safety in the industry.
Building Materials, Fasteners, and Adhesives
Students will learn about various types of building materials and their uses. Topics covered include hardwoods and softwoods, different grades and markings of wood building materials, safety precautions, and storing and handling of building materials. Students will also learn the various types of engineered lumber and how to calculate the quantities of lumber and wood products using industry-standard methods. Other topics include the uses of fasteners, anchors, and adhesives used in construction work.
Hand and Power Tools
Students will learn about the use of hand and power tools commonly used by carpenters. Topics also include safety and maintenance.
Reading Plans and Elevations
Students will learn about the drawings usually included in a set of plans and the information found on each type. Topics include different types of lines used on construction drawings, selected architectural symbols commonly used to represent materials on plans, and electrical, mechanical, and plumbing symbols commonly used on plans. Other topics include abbreviations commonly used and how to read and interpret plans, elevations, schedules, sections, and details contained in basic construction drawings and more.
Students will learn about the different types of framing systems and how to read and interpret drawings and specifications to determine floor system requirements. Methods used to fasten sills to the foundation will be taught, as well as how to select proper girder/beam size from a list of available girders/beams. Other topics include types of floor joists, proper joist size from a list of available joists, types of bridging, types of flooring materials, subflooring, underlayment, fasteners, amount of material needed to frame a floor assembly and more.
Wall and Ceiling Framing
Students will learn components of a wall and ceiling layout. Other topics include bracing exterior walls, plates, corner posts, door and window openings, partition Ts, bracing, firestops, metal studs, ceiling joists, and estimating materials to be used for walls and ceilings. Students will learn how to assemble and erect an exterior wall, and methods used for installing sheathing on walls.
Students will learn about roof framing and roof framing members used in gable and hip roofs. Topics will include methods used to calculate the length of a rafter and trusses used in roof framing. Topics will also be on rafter framing square, speed square, and calculator in laying out a roof, sheathing used in roof construction, gable roof with vent openings, framing a roof opening, estimating materials and more.
Introduction to Concrete, Reinforcing Materials, and Forms
Students will learn about properties of cement and the composition of concrete. Topics include volume estimates for concrete quantity requirements, concrete reinforcement materials, footings, forms, and safety procedures. Topics also include how to erect, plumb, and brace a simple concrete form with reinforcement.
Windows and Exterior Doors
Students will learn about fixed, sliding, and swinging windows. Topics include window installation, state requirements, pre-hung windows, exterior doors, and thresholds. Other topics to be discussed are locksets used on exterior doors and how they are installed.
Basic Stair Layout
Students will learn about the various types and parts of stairs, including materials used. Topics include how to calculate the total rise, number and size of risers, and number and size of treads required for a stairway; how to lay out and cut stringers, risers, and treads; and more.
Students will learn the difference between commercial and residential construction drawings. Topics include basic keys, abbreviations, and other references contained in a set of commercial drawings. Other topics include the basic construction details and concepts employed in commercial construction, and how to calculate the floor area of each room in a floor plan.
Students will learn about materials and methods used in roofing. Topics include fiberglass shingles on gable and hip roofs; valleys; roof projections; and cuts and main and hip ridge caps. Students will also learn how to lay out, cut, and install a cricket or saddle; install wood shingles and shakes on roofs; and how to close up a valley using wood shingles and shakes, safety, and more.
Thermal and Moisture Protection
Students will learn about insulation, including how to calculate the required amounts of insulation for a structure. Topics also include moisture control and ventilation, selected vapor barriers, methods of waterproofing, air infiltration control requirements, and building wraps.
Students will learn about wall insulation and flashing. Topics include common cornices, lap and panel siding estimating methods; applications of common wood siding; fiber-cement, vinyl, and metal siding; and stucco and masonry veneer finishes, and more
Cold-Formed Steel Framing
Students will learn about steel framing systems, tools, and fasteners. Other topics include back-to-back; box, and L-headers, and steel stud structural wall with openings to include bracing and blocking, and more.
Students will identify different types of drywall and their uses; select the type and thickness of drywall required for specific installations, and select fasteners for drywall installation. Other topics that will be discussed are fastener schedules for different types of drywall installations; single-layer and multi-layer drywall installations using different types of fastening systems including nails, drywall screws, and adhesives; gypsum drywall on steel studs; soundproofing, and estimating materials.
Students will learn the differences between the six levels of finish established by industry standards and distinguish a finish level by observation. Other topics include hand tools and automatic tools; materials used including compounds, joint reinforcing tapes, trim material, and textures and coatings. Students will also learn about problems that occur in drywall finishes and the correct methods for solving each type of problem, as well as patch damaged drywall.
Doors and Door Hardware
Students will learn about door jambs, interior doors, frames, door hardware, installation procedures, hand and power tools used, safety, and door schedules.
Students will learn about common terms related to sound waves and acoustical ceiling materials, level lines, suspended ceilings, ceiling layout, and material takeoff.
Window, Door, Floor, and Ceiling Trim
Students will learn about standard moldings, square and miter cuts, miter box, power miter saw, coped joint, coping saw, fasteners for trim – including door trim, window trim, base trim, and ceiling trim. Topics will also include estimating the quantities of different trim materials required for selected rooms.
Students will learn about typical base and wall kitchen cabinet installation; cabinet components and hardware; factory-made cabinets, countertops, and backsplashes, and the installation of an island base.
Students will learn about common types of woods used to make cabinets, safety using stationary power tools, various types of joints used, and installing plastic laminate on a countertop core.
Students will learn how to perform a safety inspection on hooks, slings, and other rigging equipment; how to select, inspect, use, and maintain special rigging equipment including block and tackle, chain hoists, come-alongs, jacks, and tuggers.
Students will learn how to determine the weight load, interpret a load chart, determine the center of gravity of a load, and attach rigging hardware for routine lifts. Other topics include how to use and interpret hand signals, perform sling tension calculations, and identify requirements for an engineered lift.
Properties of Concrete
Students will identify various types of cement, concrete, and concrete admixtures and describe their uses, identify types and sizes of concrete aggregates. Other topics include how to calculate concrete volume requirements for rectangular, cylindrical, or other geometric structures using formulas, concrete tables, and/or concrete calculators. Students will also learn about concrete curing and testing methods and materials.
Students will learn about reinforcing bars, the uses of reinforced structural concrete, and the basic processes involved in placing reinforcing bars. Topics include the bar bends standardized by the American Concrete Institution (ACI), and the types of ties used in securing reinforcing bars, tolerances allowed, tools and equipment needed, and safety.
Handling and Placing Concrete
Students will learn about a variety of equipment used to transport and place concrete, factors that contribute to the quality of concrete placement, and methods for placing and consolidating concrete into forms. Other topics include using a screed to strike off and level concrete to the proper grade; using tools for placing, floating, and finishing concrete; and determining when conditions permit the concrete finishing operation to begin. Proper curing will also be discussed, as well as care and safety issues related to tools.
Trenching and Excavating
Students will learn about the different types, bearing capacities, density, and classifications of soils. Topics include safety considerations for trenches and deep excavations, and groundwater and rock mitigation methods.
Foundations and Slab-on-Grade
Students will learn about elevations, footings and foundations. Topics include gridlines, templates, keyways, embedments, slab-on-grades, edge forms, vapor barriers, reinforcements, control joints, finish grades and fill requirements.
Students will learn about safety procedures, concrete wall forms, vertical forming systems, manufactured forms, bulkheads and embedded forms.
Students will learn about safety hazards associated with elevated deck formwork, different types of elevated decks, flying form systems, handset form systems, and bridge and culvert form systems.
Tilt-Up Wall Panels
Students will learn about installing tilt-up wall panels, casting beds, lifting eyes used in forming tilt-up panels, special rigging requirements for tilt-up wall panels, embedments, blockouts, architectural finishes, lifting devices, reinforcing materials, and grouting procedures.
Site Layout I: Distance Measurement and Leveling
Students will learn about site layout, convert measurements feet and inches to decimal feet, and vice versa. Other topics include tools and equipment associated with taping, manual or electronic equipment and procedures to make distant measurements and perform site layout tasks. Students will also learn how to determine approximate distances by pacing, care for tools and equipment associated with differential leveling, use a builder’s level and differential leveling procedures to determine site and building elevations, record site layout data and information in field notes using accepted practices, and check and/or establish 90-degree angles using the 3-4-5 rule.
Site Layout II: Angular Measurement
Students will learn how to perform calculations pertaining to angular measurements using the Pythagorean theorem, right triangle trigonometry, convert feet and inches to decimal feet, and vice versa, convert angular measurements stated in decimal degrees to degrees, minutes, seconds, and vice versa, convert azimuth to bearing, and vice versa, convert polar coordinates to rectangular coordinates, and vice versa, and convert distance and direction into latitudes and departures. Other topics include how to care for layout tools and instruments, the use of GPS devices, the layout of building lines using traditional and radial layout techniques, and using trigonometric leveling techniques to determine unknown elevations.
Advanced Roof Systems
Students will learn how to describe the characteristics and properties of metals as they relate to roofing applications, identify the types of trusses and joists used in commercial roofing, and describe the proper installation procedures for a built-up roof. The installation of panels for a lap seam metal roof, including the preparation of eaves and the installation of panels and endlapped panels for a standing seam metal roof will be demonstrated along with the sealing of a sidelap standing seam metal roof.
Advanced Wall Systems
Students will learn about the different types of wall systems and wall finishes, various methods of fireproofing a wall system, installing paneling with wainscoting, forming and installing tilt-up wall panels, advanced wall systems and explain the techniques used in their construction, and building penetration firewalls and sound control walls per specifications.
Advanced Stair Systems
Students will learn how to cut and install various stair parts, including mitered finish stringers, mitered risers, treads, newel posts, handrails, balusters, and finishing service stairs and main stairs. Topics include open, closed, combination open/closed, l-shaped, and u-shaped stairs. Students will also learn which materials should be used to build stairs for commercial construction.
Introduction to Light Equipment
Students will learn about the safety, operation, and use of various pieces of light equipment, including: aerial lifts, skid steer loaders, trenchers, generators, compressors, compactors, forklifts, and backhoes.
Students will learn about oxyfuel cutting outfit and safety. Other topics include protective clothing and eye protection, backfire and flashback, cutting torch tips, arc welding machines, arc welding electrodes, electrode classification codes, and characteristics of a good weld.
Commercial Finish Work
Students will learn about materials and methods used to finish the interior and exterior of commercial buildings.
Students will learn about storm water protection, erosion, and sedimentation control. Other topics include erosion and sedimentation prevention, site utilization plans, crane work safety, and methods used to mitigate water problems at a work site.
Introductory Skills for the Crew Leader
Students will learn about the phases of construction projects, types of project delivery systems, stages of planning, documentation, estimating, schedules, controlling costs and resources, production, and more. This course will also discuss leadership skills and explain the role of a crew leader and demonstrate the importance of safety.