Diploma in Wood Technology

This programme has been designed to meet both the needs of the local carpentry industry and the requirements for the National Training Board and the National Centre for Construction Education and Research (NCCER). 

This course requires that individuals have 10 years or more experience in the trade or possess an associate’s degree or higher. Students in the programme can expect to experience practical assignments, lectures and field trips to local building sites and industries. The self directed activities and supervised assistance will enable students to progress successfully through this programme.

Pre-requisite: NCCER Core (8CR)

Programme Details


Year 1

First semester - 9 credits

WTC 1101 Orientation, Materials, Fasteners, Hand and Power Tools 1
WTC 1102 Floor, Wall, Ceiling and Roof Framing 4
WTC 1103 Windows and Exterior Doors 4

Second semester - 12 credits

WTC 1104 Drawings; Cold Steel Framing; Exterior Framing and Roof Applications 4
WTC 1105 Drywall Installation; Drywall finishing; Suspended Ceilings 4
WTC 1106 Doors & Hardware; windows, Door-ceiling Trims; Cabinets 4

Year 2

First semester - 9 credits

WTC 2107 Properties of Concrete, Reinforcing, Handling and Placing Concrete 3
WTC 2108 Rigging Equipment, Rigging Practices; Trenching and Excavating 3
WTC 2109 Foundations and On Grade Slabs, Vertical and Horizontal Formwork; Tilt-up Panels 3

Second semester - 8 credits

WTC 2110 Advanced Roof, Floor and Wall Systems 4
WTC 2111 Introduction to Light Equipment, Welding and Metal Buildings 1
WTC 2112 Site Layout II – Angular Measurement, Advanced Stair Systems and Fundamentals of Crew Leadership 3

NCCER Core Courses

Basic Safety NCC 1101 1 SP/SM

Complies with OSHA-10 training requirements. Explains the safety obligations of workers, supervisors, and managers to ensure a safe workplace. Discusses the causes and results of accidents and the impact of accident costs. Reviews the role of company policies and OSHA regulations. Introduces common job-site hazards and identifies proper protections. Defines safe work procedures, proper use of personal protective equipment, and working with hazardous chemicals. Identifies other potential construction hazards, including hazardous material exposures, welding and cutting hazards, and confined spaces.

Mathematics NCC 1102 1 SP/SM

Reviews basic mathematical functions such as adding, subtracting, dividing, and multiplying whole numbers, fractions and decimals, and explains their applications to the construction trades. Explains how to use and read various length measurement tools, including standard and metric rulers and tape measures, and the architect’s and engineer’s scales. Explains decimal-fraction conversions and the metric system, using practical examples. Also reviews basic geometry as applied to common shapes and forms.

Hand Tools NCC 1103 1 SP/SM

Introduces trainees to hand tools that are widely used in the construction industry, such as hammers, saws, levels, pullers, and clamps. Explains the specific applications of each tool and shows how to use them properly. Also discusses important safety and maintenance issues related to hand tools. 

Power Tools NCC 1104 1 SP/SM

Provides detail descriptions of commonly used power tools, such as drills, saws, grinders, and sanders. Reviews applications, proper use, safety, and maintenance. Many illustrations show power tools used in on-the-job settings. 

Introduction to Construction Drawings NCC 1105 1 SP/SM

Familiarises trainees with basic terms for construction drawings, components, and symbols. Explains the different types of drawings (civil, architectural, structural, mechanical, plumbing/piping, electrical, and fire protection) and instructs trainees on how to interpret and use drawing dimensions. Four oversized drawings are included. 

Basic Communication Skills NCC 1107 1 SP/SM

Provides trainees with techniques for communicating effectively with co-workers and supervisors. Includes practical examples that emphasise the importance of verbal and written information and instructions on the job. Also discusses effective telephone and e-mail communication skills. 

Employability Skills NCC 1108 1 SP/SM

Identifies the roles of individuals and companies in the construction industry. Introduces trainees to critical thinking and problem solving skills and computer systems and their industry applications. Also reviews effective relationship skills, effective self-presentation and key workplace issues such as sexual harassment, stress and substance abuse. 

Introduction to Materials Handling NCC 1109 1 SP/SM

Recognises hazards associated with materials handling and explains proper materials handling techniques and procedures. Also introduces materials handling equipment and identifies appropriate equipment for common job-site tasks. 

Credit Course Descriptions