What does a Carpenter do?
Carpenters construct, install, and repair a variety of residential, commercial, and industrial structures and fixtures. In general, carpenters work with wood, steel, and concrete. Carpenters are also often involved with demolition and maintenance of these structures and fixtures. These jobs can vary from installing doors on an office building to building bridges.
Most carpenters learn the trade through an apprenticeship that lasts 3 to 4 years and focuses on the fundamentals like sawing, measuring, sketching, and reading blueprints. In addition to the technical training, there is a focus on safety training as well. Carpenters must have manual dexterity, an eye for detail, and the ability to solve problems quickly as they arise.
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“Good pay is good to work”
“Management is top notch and keeps everything rolling smooth”
“prevailing wage and good pay”
“enjoyed going to work each day and had been treated well and you stayed busy and no problem getting paid each week”
“The pay is decent but not great.”
“Long hours but good.”
Frequently asked questions about the role and responsibilities of a carpenter
When working as a carpenter, the most common skills you will need to perform your job and for career success are Strong WORK Ethic, Professionalism, Roofs, Well Organized and Written Communication.
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