Germantown High School offers a variety of career and technical courses designed to help students excel in whatever they may choose to do: whether that be a field requiring a university degree, or one requiring a technical college certification. Over the next few days, we’ll be highlighting several of these courses.
The Structural Systems program of study prepares students with the knowledge and skills related to residential and commercial carpentry. Course content covers wood, metal, and concrete building materials, fasteners, hand and power tools, fabrication based on construction plans, framing of platform and post-and-beam structures, stairs, structural loads, installation and trim of windows and doors, installation and repair of gypsum wallboard, exterior finish work, cabinet installation, and thermal and moisture protection. The fourth level course, Construction Practicum, places students with industry partners to complete a capstone construction project. Upon completion of the program of study, students will be equipped for workforce entry, apprenticeships, or to continue training at the postsecondary level.
Employment for carpenters is projected to grow by 5 percent in Tennessee between 2014 and 2022 with a total annual average of 200 openings. Skills students develop in the program of study are transferrable to additional growing occupations related to structural systems listed in the chart to the right. Opportunities are available in a range of occupations including supervisory roles such as construction manager or first-line supervisor. Job outlook is positive in all regions of the state; however, more opportunities are available in urban and surrounding areas.