CARPENTERS perform work on commercial buildings, houses, bridges, and road overpasses. They perform work which is basic to most building construction. They construct, erect, install and repair structures and fixtures of wood, metal, plywood and wallboard. They erect framework in buildings, including
joist and decking, partitions, stairs and rafters. CARPENTERS also install wood paneling, windows, door frames, doors and hardware, cabinets, and various types of trim and moldings. CARPENTERS also build the form work for the placing of concrete. This includes flat work, columns, beams, decks, stairs, bridge abutments,
CARPENTERS read sketches, building plans, and blueprints. They perform the building layout using builder's levels, transits, and lasers.
CARPENTERS use a variety of hand tools, including hammers, saws, chisels, squares, levels and planes. They also use various electrical tools, including circular saws, drills, screw guns, routers, planes, and power miter boxes. They must use assorted types of materials and assorted types of fasteners, including nails,
screws, dowels, or glue.
Working Conditions: CARPENTERS work both indoors and outdoors, and the work is physical by nature. During the course of the day a carpenter does a lot of walking, kneeling, stooping, carrying, lifting, and climbing. Sometimes the work depends upon suitable weather conditions.
Interest and Temperament:
Anyone interested in the carpentry field must be able to work closely with others, follow instructions from a supervisor, and work on a job site as part of a team. Applicants should possess average or above average manual dexterity, coordination, and balance. You should enjoy working with your
hands, be able to adapt to a variety of working conditions, must have a sense of pride in your work, and should apply yourself diligently in order to become a skilled craftsman.