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 designed to equip the learner with the practical knowledge of the construction principles for the envelope of a standard modern two-storey domestic dwelling. It introduces the learner to a range of construction techniques, materials and quantities.
- Renewable Energy Systems
This subject provides an overview of renewable energy technologies and covers topics such as energy and services requirements, site suitability, micro-hydro systems, biomass, solar thermal systems, building design features, photovoltaic, domestic wind turbines and battery storage. It combines both theory and its applications to real situations.
- Safety & Health at Work
This subject promotes and maintains safety and health in a work environment, with particular reference to furniture workshop and wood finishing activities.
- Wood Fabrication
This subject is designed to provide the learner with the skills and knowledge necessary to use wood in the construction of a modern two-storey domestic dwelling and formwork techniques.
- 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.
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.