Penn Foster Career School’s online Construction Trades program consists of courses to help you gain the knowledge and skills relevant to learn carpentry. You’ll learn construction trades basics, such as design techniques and principles, as well as learn the use of construction materials, processes, and tools. Classes include preparing and implementing interior and exterior projects.
To prepare students for an entry-level career in the residential and light commercial construction fields.
In this course, you’ll develop the necessary skills to ensure your success in the program. Starting Your Program is designed to help you make a smooth transition to Penn Foster, including how to use all the tools and resources that are available to you, get help when you need it, understand the Code of Conduct, and improve your study skills and time management. The goal is to help you become a confident, independent learner.
This course introduces you to the various domains of the construction industry: carpentry, HVAC, plumbing, roofing, drywall work, general maintenance, and so on. You’ll study the differences between construction and building trades and residential and commercial construction. The duties and tasks of the construction and building trades professional are also explained in this course. Finally, you’ll examine the proper safety measures required in various areas of the construction industry. Securing a safe environment is crucial to ensuring individual workers’ safety.
In this course, you’ll get a general overview of the math skills required for a career in Construction Trades.
This course will introduce you to the ability to read and interpret construction drawings. When you understand how to read construction plans, you’ll be able to visualize the completed project and plan what materials and techniques will be required to get the job done.
Digital Texbook: Carpentry and Building Construction
In this course, you’ll be introduced to common hand tools and power tools used in construction trades, the proper method of caring for tools, and tool safety procedures. You’ll also cover concrete mixing, pouring, and finishing, as well as foundation building.
Digital Texbook: Foundations and Concrete Work
In this course, you’ll study framing in construction work and several basic methods of framing and structural design used to create home frames. You’ll examine the major components to assemble in a building project, including floor, wall, and roof framing systems. This course will also focus on residential construction of wooden stairs and roofs and the reading of blueprint plans. You’ll also have an opportunity to apply carpentry skills to practice situations you may face in the field someday.
In this course, you’ll explore the installation of windows and insulation and the construction of porches, decks, and fences. You’ll study the six major types of windows and how to make windows energy efficient. This course also examines the window schedule, older installation practices versus current ones, and the dangers of improper building ventilation. You’ll focus on weather barriers and insulation and the basic of deck design and construction. Additionally, you’ll have an opportunity to apply carpentry skills to practice situations you may face in the field someday.
This course will examine finishing the interior of a construction project. You’ll learn to identify types of drywall panels, classify different types of residential doors and frames, and define finish floor and ceiling installation methods. The course will also explain drywall installation, repairs, and remodels, and aspects of interior finish carpentry. While completing your final project, you’ll apply these new skills to real-world residential interior framing and insulation situations.