Carpentry Program
at Franklin County Tech is about teaching the complexities of carpentry in a truly authentic classroom environment and the real world.
Our Students
use current industry tools and technologies used by those men and women working in the trades.
Each task in Carpentry is different
but involves the same basic steps.
The Carpentry program at FCTS develops student skills for eventual entry-level career opportunities upon graduation. Safety is of paramount importance and students begin their training with a strong foundation of safety measures and build upon those critical skills for the entire time in the carpentry program.

"Carpenters are skilled construction workers."

About Carpentry

Our Instructors

The Carpentry Instructors, Michael Nobrega and Ken Vautrin, are developing a top quality program that is current with the needs of the business community, driven to best serve the educational experience of students, and guided by the Massachusetts frameworks.

Mike Nobrega: Mike is one of the original Carpentry graduates from Monty Tech. After college, he spent 20 years in the high-tech industry as a Manufacturing Engineer, designing electronic test systems and bar code tracking systems used worldwide. He then re-entered the construction industry, working on residential and light-commercial projects. Mike also managed his own small business. Prior to returning to college to pursue his educator degree, he was the Construction Manager for North Central Massachusetts Habitat for Humanity. Mike is happily married with two daughters and enjoys woodworking, gardening, cooking, and the great outdoors.

Ken Vautrin: One of the two carpentry instructors, Ken focuses on large scale construction. In particular, Ken leads students through an actual house building project - from beginning to end.

Curriculum

The carpentry program develops student skills for eventual entry-level career opportunities upon graduation. Safety is of paramount importance and students begin their training with a strong foundation of safety measures and build upon those critical skills for the entire time in the carpentry program.

Projects

FCTS, as the regional vocational high school of Franklin County, does so more than teach in a lab classroom and simulation environment. Trade programs have large shops filled with the same tools and technologies used by those men and women working in the trades.

Carpentry Customer Work: As a true extension of the classroom, authentic carpentry projects are critically important to the learning environment. FCTS facility projects, along with projects for municipal and non-profit groups, offer hands-on learning to the students. Real world projects truly provide the students with an opportunity to apply what they have learned. Our students thrive on authentic work! The last few years, FCTS has partnered with the Pioneer Valley Habitat for Humanity organization. The mission of Habitat is to build and provide quality, modest homes for hardworking families. The "to be" owners of the home work on the house on weekends with other volunteers. This process is called "Sweat Equity". During school year week days, Ken teaches the complexities of carpentry in a truly authentic classroom - the home he and the students build. It is a great partnership and experience. Requests for FCTS business work must provide educational value to the students and must align with the curriculum. If you are a municipal group or non-profit organization, you can contact Jocelyn Croft, Vocational Curriculum Director.

Carpentry Instructors

Ken Vautrin
Ken Vautrin Technical Instructor
Micheal Nobrega
Michael Nobrega Technical Instructor



"Carpenters, the largest group of building trades workers, held about 1.2 million jobs in 2009."

About the Program

Freshman Exploratory Gallery

Skills Required for Success in the Carpentry Trade

  • o    Ability to use changing technology.
  • o    Ability to read and follow directions.
  • o    Math skills for measuring and marking.
  • o    Spacial understanding for arranging materials.
  • o    Ability to work alone or with people in a team.
  • o    Prolonged standing, climbing and bending.
  • o    Manual adroitness and excellent hand-eye coordination.
Career Opportunities

Carpenters must:

  • o    Measure, mark, and organize materials for a layout.
  • o    Size, form, and cut materials.
  • o    Use a hand tools like chisels, hammers, and sanders.
  • o    Use power tools, like sanders, saws, and drills.
  • o    Install a variety of materials like glass, tiles and doors.
  • o    Maintain and repair furniture, cabinets, hardwood floors.
  • o    Install locks, partitions, or windows.
  • o    Read and understand blueprints.
Grading Policy

Grading Policy

In order to calculate grade point average (GPA), each course will be awarded a rating based on the number of periods a class/shop is in session, the credit assigned to the shop and whether the course is required to meet graduation requirements as mandated under the Massachusetts Education Reform Law. Grading systems are developed by individual departments and instructors and vary in context and content. Instructors are given the flexibility to develop grading systems and standards, based on their expectations and department guidelines.

Coop Opportunities

Coop Oportunities

Cooperative education work placement offers students an additional learning dimension to their educational experience and is designed to expand their knowledge and skills through a work place experience in the business community. This supervised, instructional experience is directly related to their career & vocational technical program, and carries school credit. Students are evaluated by their employer and the CTE coordinators, using a work-based learning plan with clear learning goals with the vocational technical teachers, the employer, and the student.

"Within the construction industry, carpenters have the highest number (almost one third) of self-employed people."

Carpentry News

Carpentry Students

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Carpentry repairs FCTS Field House

Carpentry repairs FCTS Field House Slideshow

Seniors Acknowledged by Habitat for Humanity

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Carpentry Community Service Projects

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Warwick Transfer Station Shed

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"Carpenters are involved in many different kinds of construction, from the building of highways and bridges to the installation of kitchen cabinets."

Carpentry Videos

A Career as a Carpenter

A spot on the career site "Next Vista for Learning."

Skills USA Carpentry Competition

Skills USA contest held at New Market Skills Center in Tumwater, WA January 30, 2010. Participants cane from Elma, Montesano, Hoquiam and Shelton High Schools and the West Sound & New Market Skills Centers. There were 20 contestants and they all have great carpentry skills.

Promotional Video for FCTS

A commercial spot created by Graduate Adam Jaillet for his Senior Capstone project. "Soar with the eagles today..."