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Are you creative? Do you enjoy working hands-on both indoors and outdoors? If so, a career in timber framing might be the right fit for you!
To work as a timber framer, you should:
- Have a passion for making and building things
- Be precise, accurate, efficient, and be able to solve mathematical problems with ease
- Be able to work independently or with a team
This program will prepare you to create unique and complex structures that represent the peak of craftsmanship. Todays timber frame buildings are energy efficient, structurally sound and stunningly beautiful. Learn how to create this today.
Why Choose a Career as a Timber Framer?
- It’s a unique trade!
- You can work with skilled trades people in a variety of job settings.
- Timber Framing is becoming more common in new construction, making it a valuable skill for anyone currently in the construction industry.
At College of the Rockies, you will receive practical hands-on experience and training in our large, fully equipped timber frame shop, supplemented with computer and classroom instruction.
The 13-week Timber Frame program will cover the skills, knowledge and training you need to choose and cut various timber frame joints, lay out timbers using square rule, mill rule, centre line, and other techniques, conduct design/drafting basics, assemble and raise a frame and use basic geometry and trigonometry in framing. You will build one personal project in the program and will participate in the design, building and raising of a large timber frame structure. Safe work habits are important in this trade and are emphasized, reinforced and practiced throughout the program.
In this program, you will learn about:
- Timber Framing history
- Applying safety practices
- Drafting and shop drawings
- Timber conversion
- Timber grading theory
- Estimating and pricing skills
- Math skills
- Techniques for handling timbers
- Handling tools and equipment
- Building theory for enclosure systems
- Timber finishing
- Transportation, rigging and raising
For a complete program description, including prerequisite details and technical training content about each level of training see: Timber Framing
You will also take:
- Occupational First Aid Level 1
- Workplace Hazardous Materials Information Systems (WHMIS)
- Transportation of Dangerous Goods
- Fall Protection
- Forklift Training
When you successfully finish the program you will receive:
- College of the Rockies Certificate
- Fall Arrest Certificate
- OFA Level 1 Certificate
- Forklift Operator Certificate
After you successfully finish the program you will be well-positioned to work with skilled trades people in the shop and on job sites.
- Workplace MATH 10 and Apprenticeship MATH 12. Either Apprenticeship and Workplace Math 11, Trades Mathematics 11, or equivalent
- Computers 11 (or equivalent) is highly recommended
Non Academic Prerequisites:
- Candidates should be physically fit (mobility/lifting), with good manual dexterity, hand-eye coordination and balance, able to work at heights and in adverse weather
- Candidates should demonstrate a strong interest in the construction field
- Familiarity with basic hand and power tools used in carpentry/construction.
Tuition and Fees:
|Student Association Fee:||$29.90|
|Bus Pass Fee:||$44.40|
|Occupational First Aid Level 1 Fee:||$124.00|
|Health and Dental Fee:||$229.50|
*These prices are for domestic students and may not be 100% accurate. However, these estimates will give you an adequate idea of tuition and fees for our programs. These prices do not include textbook costs. All prices are subject to change. Tuition fees include an alumni fee, student activity fees, and a student technology fee. In certain cases a materials and supply fee may also be included. For more information, visit: Tuition and Fees.
There is a $400 non-refundable deposit required to reserve a seat in the program. The deposit is required even if the applicant is seeking funding from an outside organization. This deposit is part of the tuition fee and is refundable only if the applicant is not accepted into the program.
Additional Student Costs for Personal Protective Equipment and Supplies:
- Steel-toed leather work boots
- Outdoor work clothes suitable for all weather conditions
- Safety glasses
- 3 inch 3-ringed binder
- Ear protection
- Carpenters pencils
- Carpenter’s apron or belt
- Lumber crayons
- Good carpenter mechanical pencil with extra leads
- Long sleeve shirt
- Scientific or construction calculator
- Long leg pants
- Loose-leaf lined and graph paper
Textbooks and Required Resources:
Textbook selection varies by instructor and may change from year to year. At the Program Outline Effective Date the following textbooks were in use: (most current edition). Please see the instructor’s syllabus or check with the College Bookstore.
- Steve Chappell, A Timber Framer’s Workshop Joinery, Design and Construction of Traditional Timber Frames, A Corn Hill Book; Fox Maple Press Inc. / West Brownfield, Maine.
- Jack Sobon & Roger Schroeder, Timber Frame Construction, All About Post & Beam Building, Storey Publishing, LLC/North Adams, Maine.