816 S. Walter Reed Drive
Arlington, VA 22204
Fax: 703-228-5815
Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Construction Tech

Construction Tech


Robert Johnson, Instructor
Carpentry Experience

The Arlington Career Center is the only place in the Arlington Public Schools that offers comprehensive, hands-on experience in carpentry. With over 30 years of operation, the carpentry program has assembled an impressive, fully-equipped carpentry shop for training students in residential and commercial carpentry and construction.

The carpentry field is both practical and money-making, with a steady growth in demand projected over the next ten years for qualified carpenters. Students in carpentry start with the basics and move all the way up to cabinetry and home construction. Students get the opportunity to select, design and build personal projects, such as speaker boxes and home furniture.

Second-year carpentry students have earned awards at local, state and national competitions, and then graduated to apprenticeship programs, and/or employment in the local building trades. Some have done well enough to buy their own homes within four years of leaving the program.

This class is fun, teaches great skills, and may open the door to a lifelong and rewarding profession.

Students completing this two-year program can receive / qualify for:

  • SKILLS -- Carpentry Skills I & II uses the State of Virginia’s Task List
  • CERTIFICATION --Testing and certification is provided by the The National Occupational Competency Testing Institute (NOCTI); in addition, the OSHA 10 Construction Industry Worker safety training and card is provided.
  • EXPERIENCE --students compete in the SkillsUSA Cabinet & Carpentry competition; area companies are anxious to hire our students; see the list of companies on the right who have already done so.


• ABC Distributors, Inc.
• Allied Plywood
• Arlington County Facilities
• D&W Builders
• Hitt Contracting
• Home Depot

• Lowe’s Home Improvement

• USG Building Materials


• Fairfax County Public Schools Adult & Community Education Carpentry Apprenticeship Program

Mid-Atlantic Regional Council of Carpenters Apprenticeship and Training Program

• Pennsylvania College of Technology Construction Carpentry Program

• United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America Apprenticeship & Career Training Program, Upper Marlboro, MD


The Career Center’s construction tech instructor is a graduate of the program with over twenty years of professional carpentry experience.

His experience has taught him that employers are seeking applicants who are motivated, professional and skilled. Another important factor for gaining employment in the field is obtaining a valid driver’s license.

If you would like to find out more, please contact program instructor Robert Johnson (listed above).


• Carpenter
• Carpentry Instructor
• Cabinet Maker
• Construction Company Owner
• Contractor
• County Inspector
• Drywall Hanger/Finisher
• Finish/Trim Carpenter
• Furniture Maker and/or Refinisher
• Homebuilder
• Home Inspector
• Retail
• Safety Inspector
• Window/Door Installer

Last Modified on November 5, 2015