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  • Carpenters cut and shape building materials such as wood, steel, or plaster to construct, install, or repair structures.  On residential and commercial projects, carpenters may install framing, insulation, roofing, drywall, and flooring.  In residential construction, they may also have to do more intricate work such as trim detail and cabinetry.  On the other hand, building and installing concrete formwork and bracing are typical projects for industrial carpenters. 
  • Is Carpentry right for you?  Do you like to....‚Äč

    • Work with wood, steel, or plaster?
    • Take pride in the precision of your work?
    • Think mathematically & creatively?
    • Work with your hands?

    ...then a career as a Carpenter might be for you!

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  • About carpenters

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  • What carpenters do What carpenters do

    • Work with wood, steel, and/or plaster

     

    • Construct, install, and repair structures

     

    • Construct & install frameworks (studding, rafters, wooden stairways, window & door frames, hardwood floors, etc.)

     

    • Install drywall, siding, and insulation

     

    • Prepare cost estimates
  • Working conditions Working conditions

    • Residential, commercial or industrial sites
    • Indoor and/or outdoor
    • Sometimes work in inclement weather
    • Sometimes work at high elevations
    • Requires bending, kneeling, lifting
  • Where carpenters work Where carpenters work

    • Self-employed
    • Residential construction
    • Commercial construction
    • Building finishing contractors

    https://www.bls.gov/ooh/construction-and-extraction/carpenters.htm visited 10.13.2020.

  • Work schedule Work schedule

    Weather can impact construction timelines.

    Schedule may include some:

    • Evenings
    • Weekends
    • Holidays
    • Overtime
  • Career path

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  • What it takes to become a carpenter What it takes to become a carpenter

    Education/Training

    • High school diploma or equivalent 
    • On the job training 
    • Apprenticeships
    • Specialized training
    • Two-year trade or vocational school (online programs available)
  • Skills needed Skills needed

    • Mechanical
    • Math
    • Detail oriented
    • Critical thinking
    • Physical strength
    • Communication skills
    • Customer service skills
    • Team player