Carpenters cut, fit, and assemble wood and other materials to construct buildings.
Builders often use specialty trade contractors who hire carpenters to perform one or two tasks. For example, a carpenter might specialize in foundations or finish work.
$21.09 per hour on average
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|Education & Training
Long-term on-the-job training (more than 12 months) is common.
|Related Programs (Current training programs available)
|On the Job
- Study blueprints and get instructions from supervisors.
- Lay out, measure, and mark wood or other materials, using measuring tapes and squares.
- Cut and shape wood or other materials, using hand and power tools.
- Join and assemble materials using nails, screws, staples, or glues.
- Put up scaffolding and ladders when building above ground level.
- Check accuracy of work with levels, plumb bobs, or framing squares. Make adjustments when needed.
- Dig postholes and set poles to support structure. Build forms for concrete foundations.
- Inspect, repair, or replace damaged parts of buildings or support structures.
- Install pre-built components, such as doors, stairs, or floors, or build them from scratch.
- Build, install, or repair wooden fixtures, such as cabinets.
- Apply finishes to woodwork and wallboards.
- Adhere to safety rules and regulations.
- Work with subcontractors, such as electricians, plumbers, and heating and cooling system installers.
- Estimate the amount of lumber or other materials needed. Select and order them.
- Blue-Collar Worker Supervisors
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