Fundamentals of Carpentry


This Course is designed to teach basic framing details of residential home construction from the foundation to the roof. Hands on projects will include framing a wall with window and door rough openings, and constructing a pre-hung door and installation. Basic level wood joinery and finish framing to include Base trim and Door trim, along with some aspects of planning for running of electrical outlets and switches, hanging and finishing drywall, and painting will be taught as well.

Individuals will learn the tools of the trade and be able to take home a basic understanding of Construction Codes and requirements, and best safety practices. No construction experience is required for this course, but the course can be tailored to the level of experience of all Students. Applicants will be contacted prior to course date by the instructor to gauge the level of experience and see if there are specific items you wish to learn.

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Cost $500 (Price increase to $600 in 2022)

Acceptable forms of payment: Visa, MasterCard, American Express & Discover

Personal Pay: Credit/Debit , Money Order, or Cash

Company Pay: Company Credit Card or Company Check

Individuals are not considered registered with DCTS until payment is made and a completed application, as well as a copy of your current driver’s license, is submitted to the Adult & Continuing Education Office.  Payment can be made by calling our office at (717) 652-3170 ext 7902, Applications and a copy of DL can be emailed to:

Tues & Thurs   (30 hrs)

4:00p – 7:00p

 September 14 – October 14, 2021

April 5 – May 10, 2022

 Adult learners must be able to understand, speak, read, and write the English language. 

Space is limited so sign up early to confirm your seat.

*Please include a note describing your skill level and what you would like to personally focus on in class.

Printable View of Evening Fundamentals of Carpentry

Printable View of Summer Bootcamp Carpentry Essentials I & II



Due to safety considerations, no one under the influence of drugs or alcohol will be permitted to attend class or be on the premises of Dauphin County Technical School property. It is the discretion of the instructor in making any and all determination and identification of individuals under the influence of drugs or alcohol. This may include prescription drugs if, in the opinion of the instructor the drugs impair the judgement of the participant. Copies of the DCTS Use of Tobacco Policy #222 and Drug and Alcohol Policy # 227 are listed below.

***Your signature is required on the registration form to indicate that you have read, understand, and will abide by these policies.



The Joint Operating Committee recognizes that tobacco, nicotine and nicotine delivery products present a health and safety hazard that can have serious consequences for both users and nonusers and the safety and environment of the school. For purposes of this policy, tobacco includes a lighted or unlighted cigarette, cigar, cigarillo, little cigar, pipe or other smoking product or material and smokeless tobacco in any form including chewing tobacco, snuff, dip or dissolvable tobacco pieces.[1] For purposes of this policy, nicotine shall mean a product that contains or consists of nicotine in a form that can be ingested by chewing, smoking, inhaling or through other means. For purposes of this policy, a nicotine delivery product shall mean a product or device used, intended for use or designed for the purpose of ingesting nicotine or another substance. This definition includes, but is not limited to, any device or associated product used for what is commonly referred to as vaping or juuling.

It is the goal of the Dauphin County Technical School to maintain a drug-free and alcohol-free school environment. In order to further this goal, the Alcohol, Drugs and Controlled Substances Policy No. 227. A student shall not possess, use, transmit, deliver, sell or be under the influence of any controlled substance. Controlled substances shall be defined as: A. All dangerous controlled substances prohibited by law within the meaning of the Controlled Substance, Drug Device and Cosmetic Act as amended. B. All over-the-counter medications. C. All alcoholic beverages. D. Any anabolic steroids. E. Any synthetic compound, or any herbal substance sold as an incense, bath salts or smoking material that mimics the effects of marijuana. F. Any drug paraphernalia. Drug paraphernalia includes equipment, apparatus, and/or gear generally associated with the use/abuse of alcohol, narcotic drugs, and mood altering chemicals. Examples may include items such as “pot pipes,” cigarette-rolling papers, roach clips, weighing scales, and any other device used to measure, inject, inhale, ingest, package, deliver or facilitate the use, sale or distribution of a controlled substance. G. All legal or illegal hemp products. H. Volatile solvents or inhalants to include glue and aerosol propellants. I. Any prescription, patent drug, caffeine pills/capsules, epinephrine or other stimulant except those for which permission for use in school has been granted pursuant to Joint Operating Committee Policy. J. Any look-a-like substance that resembles any item above including any non-controlled substance that in its overall finished dosage appearance is substantially similar in size, shape, color, marking or packaging to any controlled substance.