BuildinG construction EDSTCTC’s Building Construction Program is designed to prepare students to perform entry level carpentry tasks under the supervision of an experienced carpenter. Building Construction students receive instruction in framing, construction material, blueprint reading, and safety. Also included are instructions in site preparation, using power and hand tools, and applied mathematics.

South Carolina construction contractors prefer applicants who have carpentry experience. This experience can be from an apprenticeship, the military, Job Corps or Building Construction Technology School Programs. Many employers prefer applicants who have at least a high school diploma or GED. Apprenticeship applicants must be at least 17 years old and meet local requirements. Requirements include:

  •  Constructing, erecting, installing, or repairing structures and fixtures made of wood, such as concrete forms; building frameworks, including partitions, joists, studding, and rafters; and wood stairways, window and door frames, and hardwood floors.
  •  May also install cabinets, siding, drywall and batt or roll insulation
  • Also includes brattice builders who build doors , ventilation walls or partition

Carpenters can specialize in constructing foundations, general carpentry and supervision. All of these requirements and specialties are taught by Mr. Lewis Burt, Strom Thurmond Career and Technology Center’s Building Construction Technology Teacher. Mr. Burt has been a residential home builder for over 45 years. He has taught at Strom Thurmond Career and Technology Center for 21 years.

Mr. Burt stresses to his students that the outlook for carpentry jobs are in high demand and varies from region to region. The number of Americans is growing as more children are born and more people move to this country. As a result, we need more houses and more or larger businesses to meet society’s needs. Currently, in South Carolina future job openings in building construction are around 440 annually. Growth in this occupation is around +25%. About 39 % of carpenters are self-employed. Major employers for this occupation are:

  • House construction companies
  • Office and industrial building construction companies
  • Framing contractors
  • Finish carpentry contractors

Mr. Burt has averaged about 5-8 annual completers in his program over the past 5 years. Their plans for this year include building another house on the front lawn of the Career and Technology Center. This house will be auctioned off at the end of the school year.

For more information about the building construction program at STCTC please call (803-275-1767 ext. 518) or email Mr. Lewis Burt (

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