Carpenters construct, renovate and repair buildings and structures made of wood and other materials.

What do Carpenters do on the job?

  • Read and interpret blueprints, drawings and sketches to determine specifications and calculate requirements.
  • Prepare layouts to conform to building codes, using measuring tools.
  • Measure, cut, shape, assemble and join materials of wood and other materials.
  • Build foundations, install floor systems, lay sub-flooring and erect walls and roof systems.
  • May prepare cost estimates for clients.
  • Fit and install trim items, cupboards and countertops.
  • Maintain, repair and renovate residences and wooden structures in mills, mines, hospitals, industrial plants and other establishments.
  • Sub-trade – Framer
  • Sub-trade – Scaffolder

Other skills present in a competent carpenter are: the ability to work at heights, the ability to stand or kneel for long periods of time, manual dexterity and good balance. Carpentry is a physically demanding occupation requiring the lifting of heavy tools and materials. As carpentry is primarily a work-based training trade, mentoring of apprentices and workers is a skill required to ensure capable completion of duties and quality workmanship.

Experienced carpenters may advance to foreman and construction superintendent or may become contractors. Carpenters are involved in every step of building construction, which is an advantage when applying for supervisory positions.

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