Students from the Beaver Brae and TA Dual Credit Construction Program are looking for work.

The carpentry portion of the program doesn't begin until February, but instructor Dan Olscamp says they like to have projects lined up before they start.

"We are looking for customers. People who are interested in a small building. Either private people or community organizations," he explained.

In the program students are exposed to hands-on carpentry, welding, and automotive skills, acquire work related certifications and do a placement in the community. The result is two high school and two college credits as well as work experience for their resume.

Olscamp said over the 5 week carpentry portion of the course students build prefabricated wood frame structures.

"Preserved wood floor, and tongue-and-groove plywood, and then 2X4 walls with a nice primed smart panel siding. A trussed roof, with plywood on the roof. We also frame in the door and window openings for the customer. Because it's prefab we can only take the building to a certain stage," he said.

The customer pays for materials and is responsible for pick up and transport to the final site and for erection at that site.

Usually four buildings are constructed in the five-week course. Examples of previous builds are storage sheds, saunas, ice shacks, and warm-up sheds.

Olscamp said they usually build 8X8 structures, up to 8X12. The size of the structure is flexible, but he added they are limited in size by the amount of room they have in their building to work.

If you are interested in a small building or know of an organization that might be, please contact Dan Olscamp to further discuss it. He can be contacted by e-mail at; [email protected]


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