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Thu, Feb 29


St. Lawrence College (Structures Lab)

Skills Competition 2024 - Carpentry (Team of 2)

Provide competitors with the opportunity to demonstrate, both through practical and theoretical application, their skills and knowledge in the industry relevant to: Accuracy, Safety, General Carpentry Knowledge, Best Carpentry Practices

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Skills Competition 2024 - Carpentry (Team of 2)
Skills Competition 2024 - Carpentry (Team of 2)

Time & Location

Feb 29, 2024, 9:00 a.m. – 7:30 p.m. EST

St. Lawrence College (Structures Lab), 100 Portsmouth Ave, Kingston, ON K7L 5A6, Canada


Committee members: Geoff Petznick

Limestone Skills Competition Chair: Pat Healey

Judges: TBD

Location: St. Lawrence College,  Structures Lab

Maximum Participants: 6 Teams of 2

9:00am - 9:30am          Competitor Registration & Welcome

9:30am - 12:30pm          Competition

12:30pm - 1:00pm          Lunch

1:00pm - 3:30pm          Competition

3:30pm - 4:00pm          Clean up

4:00pm - 5:00pm          Pizza & Results Submitted

5:30pm - 6:30pm          Awards

6:30pm - 7:30pm          Open House & Collect Projects/Tools

Purpose of the Contest:

To provide competitors with the opportunity to demonstrate, both through practical and theoretical application, their skills and knowledge in the industry relevant to:

  • Accuracy
  • Safety
  • General Carpentry Knowledge
  • Best Carpentry Practices
  • Ability to accurately read plans and specifications
  • Safe use of hand and power tools
  • Housekeeping (clean up is required upon completion of the project)
  • Able to work within the timeframe given.
  • Effective use of materials
  • Knowledge of both Imperial and Metric measure will be required (plans could be both)
  • Ability to use given measurements and angles to complete calculations for missing parts

(Competition must be minimum- 5 hours of activity)

Planning 10%

  • Ability to read drawings and specifications.
  • Time management
  • Material use

Calculations 10%

  • Accuracy of measurement
  • Calculations for missing dimensions and angles

Safety 10%

  • Overall safety for self and others
  • Cleanliness of workspace
  • Use of personal protective equipment

Teamwork 10%

  • Communication ability
  • Time management
  • Sharing of workload
  • Shared vision
  • Overall skill level

Equipment Use 10%

  • Proper use of tools
  • Proper use of PPE • Proper use of materials e Confidence in use of tools

Finished Product 50%

  • Fit and finish
  • Sanding
  • Edges
  • Quality of joinery
  • Squaring
  • Accuracy
  • Additional design features


  • P.P.E. required — Competitors must supply and wear the appropriate clothing and protective gear: CSA hard hat, CSA- approved safety boots, safety glasses, long hair must be tied back and hearing protection.

(Eyewear and hearing protection must be worn at all times within the competition area)

  • Safe work procedures
  • Basic hazard awareness

*Contest drawings will be available the day of the competition


No Interview required at this competition!

Clothing Requirements:

The competitor must supply and wear the appropriate clothing and protective gear:

  • Safety eye wear (must include side shields) and hearing protection
  • Long pants and T-shirt (NO muscle shirts or long, oversized shirts)
  • No loose baggy clothing
  • No inappropriate slogans or messages
  • No jewelry
  • No Hats or Caps
  • No Cell phone or texting
  • No school identification to be worn
  • Work boots, steel toe mandatory

** Please note: Failure to wear personal protective equipment in an appropriate manner will result in loss of marks. More than one warning may result in competitor being disqualified from contest.

Equipment and Materials:

Supplied by Committee:

  • All lumber needed for the project
  • All screws, nuts and bolts needed for the project
  • All cuts must be made with a circular saw

Provided by the Competitor:

  • All P.P.E.
  • Carpenter's belt
  • Calculator preferably with fraction functions (not programmable)
  • Measuring tape
  • Pencils and erasers
  • Carpenter's hammer
  • Framing Square
  • Speed Square
  • Chalk line
  • Cordless Circular saw - Extra Batteries/ Charger
  • 2 quick clamps 5" minimum
  • Cordless driver
  • Cordless Drill
  • 2- #2 Robertson bits
  • 2 – Sawhorses
  • Sandpaper
  • Contestants may bring other tools not listed but they must be approved by Committee Chair in advance.
  • Please ensure that all tools the students are bringing are labeled with competitor names or school name.


Safety is a priority at all skills competitions. Judges and Committee Members have the discretion to remove any competitor from the competition site for not having the proper safety equipment or for not acting in a safe manner.

REMINDER: Competitors must bring the following safety equipment to be worn during the contest:

  1. CSA approved eyewear (including side shields for prescription eyewear). *
  2. CSA approved work boots
  3. CSA approved hard hat (to be worn at all times during the competition)
  4. Hearing protection

*Competition judges will have final authority on matters of safety.

Notes to teacher / adviser: Please ensure any tools or equipment that is used for the purpose of the event is checked before the student arrives.

Clean-up of the entire work area is mandatory for all competitors and will take place after the judged portion of the competition.

No student will be excused until clean-up activities are complete.


Judging Criteria        /Evaluation Scoring

Safety    /10

Planning    /10

Calculations   /10

Teamwork   /10

Equipment Use   /10

Finished Project   /50

Total:   /100

A minimum score of 60% will be required to receive any ribbon or medal or to be eligible to advance to the Skills Ontario Regional Competition.

As the rules state, there are no ties. If the score is even after the contest, Competition Chairs from team of  2 carpentry competition will be called to evaluate final projects. Instructions for student participation in the Regional Event will be given at this time. 

Should you have any questions about this scope please contact the competition chair:

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