Carpentry students experience significant live work, including construction of a duplex house during your sophomore year, a project that has been a part of the curriculum since the mid-1950s. Homes constructed by Stevens students have received high awards from the Building Industry Association.
Jobs available for those from the Carpentry Technology program include Carpenter, Lead Carpenter, Assembler, Finish Carpenter, Construction Worker, Custom Stair Builder, Installer, Production Worker, Trim Carpenter, Concrete Carpenter, Foreman, and Project Manager.
Jimmie Ponzo, a 2000 Carpentry Technology graduate, discusses the opportunities he has had in his life and the responsibilities of his job at Wohlsen Construction based on his education at Thaddeus Stevens College.
"You’re kind of guaranteed a job—as long as you love it."
“A couple of years ago I did remodeling and I worked on a place and flipping it over really opened a passion for carpentry. I didn’t know until I was working on that building, but I loved seeing something ugly, tearing it apart, redoing it, and seeing how good it looked at the end. I found a love for it. I want to focus on framing or maybe decking. I haven’t decided, I really love both.
“After high school, I went to a community college, because I thought I wanted to do nursing. But after a semester there, I realized that’s not what my passion was. My cousin came to Thaddeus Stevens for engineering. I had confidence enough that I would be able to do it—entering a man’s world, in a sense. But I always believed that girls have strength to do something that they might not even imagine.
“I’m planning on coming back for a third year to take remodeling. Going to a trade school, you’re kind of guaranteed a job—as long as you love it.”