Power Tools

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Class Overview:

Residential building skills are handy, whether you simply want to fix up your home, or you would like to use these skills professionally. 

This new workshop series offers a variety of home construction topics for you to learn specific project-oriented skills; or you can take the whole series and build a foundation in residential construction. The curriculum is based on Seattle Colleges’ Residential Construction career oriented micropathway. Gain hands-on experience with tools and materials, and learn from construction professionals, at Seattle Central College’s beautiful Wood Technology Center. 

No prior experience is needed. You can use these skills on personal projects, such as your own home, and enjoy the satisfaction of being capable of doing work with your own two hands. It can be a big money saver to do work yourself, instead of hiring others! 

Or you might be interested in pursuing a career in construction, and these workshops will provide training. If you currently work in construction, this series can also help you refine or expand your skills. Jobs in residential construction are both rewarding and well-paying, and demand for workers with residential building skills in the Seattle area is enormous. 

Materials/Textbook Needed: None


We will go over the tools listed below in this workshop. Due the time limitation and the level of the class, the coruse content might be adjusted.

Hand Power Tools:

  • Circular saw
  • Sber saw
  • Reciprocating saw
  • Match the drill and/or driver with the appropriate bit
  • The use and limitation of cordless tools
  • Portable power plane
  • The correct direction a router travels when being used properly
  • Different types of sanders.
  • Pneumatic tools commonly used on a construction site
  • Safe practices of the powder-actuated drivers

Stationary Power Tools:

  • Table saw
  • Miter saw
  • Band saw
  • Jointer
  • Drill press
  • Shaper
  • Bench sander


Who Should Take This Class? All are welcome

Prerequisites: No prior experience is required


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