Pathfinder Tech



Grade 9

  • Shop Orientation and Safety
  • Measuring
  • Order of operations
  • Crosscutting & ripping
  • Jointing & thickness planing
  • Sanding
  • Glueing and clamping
  • Finishing

Grade 10

  • Review of all of the above
  • Planning design
  • Planning layout
  • Resawing
  • Boring
  • Lathe turning
  • Fasteners
  • Cabinet Joinery
  • More finishing techniques
  • Shaping

Grade 11

  • Safety and orientation of outside projects
  • Power tool safety and operation
  • Print reading
  • Floor construction
  • Wall framing and erection
  • Ceiling framing 
  • Roof framing and roof installations
  • Wall layout
  • Window installation
  • Door installation
  • Deck framing

Grade 12

  • Reinforcement of all the above
  • Stair layout, fabrication, and installation
  • Estimating materials
  • Cabinet installation
  • Window trim and installation
  • Door trim and installation
  • Proper attic insulation and ventilation
  • Erect staging
  • Proper house wrapping techniques
  • Siding estimating and installation
  • Customer and Building inspector communications


The Carpentry Department offers a planned curriculum consistent with the mission of Pathfinder  R.V.T.H.S. .  It reflects the needs of the students, the community and the business industry.  The department is currently staffed by four full time instructors rotating the duties as department head each year.

The students spend  approximately 50% of learning time in the shop setting.  The primary method of instruction is discussion and demonstration.  The students also learn well through  hands-on and review methods.

The department has a very active cooperative educational component which enables several students to get experience in the carpentry field. Student progress is monitored by weekly employer report cards.

Our carpentry department has two computer terminals in the shop working area that are utilized by the students.

Equipment is updated as needed to reflect industry standards and technology. 

Students work on various projects that are selected by the instructors with individual student’s skills, limitations and learning styles in mind.  Ninth and tenth-grade students work in the school shop setting doing community projects, projects for the school and personal projects related to the curriculum.  Eleventh and twelfth-grade students are exposed to two areas of instruction in the trade: remodeling, where the students work off-campus doing a variety of building projects including decks, additions, garages, etc., and house construction.

  • Union Journeyman
  • Contractor
  • Operating Engineer
  • Civil, Mech, Arch Engineer
  • Chimney Cabinet
  • Mortice & tenon end table
  • House Project
  • Garage Project
  • Deck Project


Upon graduation:
  • Carpentry Apprentice
  • Retail
  • Maintenance
  • Laborer
  • Roofing technician
  • Siding installer
After completion of 1-2 years of post-secondary technical training (apprenticeship, certificate program or associate’s degree):
  • Carpenter Foreman
  • Carpentry Supervisor
  • Cabinet maker
  • Contractor
  • Estimator
  • Union Journeyman
After completion of Advanced degree (4 year college degree or higher)
  • Building Inspector
  • Architect
  • Mechanical Engineer
  • Civil Engineer
  • Project manager
  • Career Technical Education Instructor

Pathfinder provides a robust program of essential academic coursework to ensure students’ readiness upon graduation to pursue an array of career pathways, as well as prepare students to be successful, independent members of society. Beyond core offerings in English, mathematics, science, and social studies, Pathfinder students may also elect accounting, health and wellness, and foreign language options. In addition to traditional college and career readiness driven academic courses, students may engage in Honors, Advanced Placement, and Dual Enrollment opportunities.

Pathfinder offers a wide range of vocational technical programs. We have expanded our offerings to include 15 unique programs. These exciting programs give students a competitive advantage both in college and in the workforce. Our programs are designed to help students create and follow pathways to a career of their choice.  Pursue your passion and enjoy your education!

The Cooperative Education Program at Pathfinder is an optional experience for seniors and juniors (second half of the school year) having a minimum 1,000 hours in their technical area. Through a cooperative arrangement between the school and employer, the student will receive job placement related to their technical area of study during their “shop week” with wages paid by the employer. To be eligible, a student must have the recommendation of their technical program teachers, meet the required grade, attendance, and discipline standards. The student must also have their OSHA 10-hour card. Some technical areas may require additional certifications prior to entering the program.

To schedule a tour please contact our Guidance Department:
413-283-9701 Ext. 247
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