Note: TY Course shadowing as part of work experience is available for this course.
This course provides students with a broad range of skills in carpentry and joinery. The course includes first and second fixing, temporary work including formwork, shuttering work and shoring, installing built-in furniture/ kitchens and constructing timber frame housing.
All aspects of building construction, services and general building techniques incorporating all current building regulations are explored throughout the course. Learn how to design a house, how to apply for planning permission, draw up plans and do up a bill of quantities for an Eco friendly family home and set out a work schedule.
Students learn how to work as part of the build team, understanding roles and responsibilities with a large emphasis on Health and Safety.
This course is a path to explore the different educational and employment areas in the construction sector.
QQI Level 5
This is a one year course.
Leaving Certificate or equivalent. All applicants are interviewed and places are awarded on suitability. Mature students without formal qualifications are most welcome to apply.
The following subjects may be offered:
- Building Construction
This subject is to give you an idea of all aspects of the building trades and how the building team works .Looking at the different ways structures are built and maintained .With added focus on different materials which can be used.
- Renewable Energy Systems
This is the way forward in the building industry .It’s how to utilise our natural resources to all of our benefit’s ,while having the least amount of impact on our environment .While also examining the theory behind green build and passive house build.
- Safety & Health at Work
This subject is to look at the role of the Employer and the Employee, in order to have a safe and healthy working environment .Which is also a stress free one .While examining all the potential hazards you might come across.
- Wood Fabrication
This is a general introduction into Carpentry and Joinery, with initial emphasis in the use and appreciation of most hand and portable hand tools in addition to some of the basic woodworking machines .All aspects of first and second fix Carpentry, Formwork and Timber frame house construction.
- Computer Aided Draughting
This subject covers computer technology as a design tool, a presentation media and a means of producing working drawings. 2D AutoCAD is the main focus.
- Work Experience
This subject allows the learner to participate in the workplace for a limited time, carrying out work-related tasks independently while under general direction. Learners may nominate placements at joinery workshops, construction companies, builder suppliers or architecture/engineering offices.
This subject teaches the learner to communicate verbally and nonverbally, using traditional and modern media.
Career opportunities include apprenticeships in carpentry and joinery, cabinet making and draughtsmanship. Branching into engineering & architecture & construction management. Possible Apprentices in the core building trades.
390 CAO points can be earned by students on successful completion of this course.
- CIT: BSc Craft Technology (Wood) CR077
- St. Johns: Sustainable Technology Level 6 (6M4989)
Students who wish to use the links to further studies will need to attain a certain level of achievement in their QQI award.
In the college workshop students have access to a large range of woodworking machines both portable and floor standing. Also gaining on-site experience in a controlled environment.