Career Paths » Carpenter


Summary: Carpenters work with wood to build and repair structures and other items.  They calculate quotes, meet with clients and design plans for remodeling projects.  They can undertake a range of jobs including installing doors and windows, building furniture, designing and fitting kitchens and rebuild roofs.  Carpenters select and source appropriate materials, negotiate with suppliers and work with other specialists on construction projects.  They can work in domestic and commercial settings, on construction sites, and in factories and workshops.
Average Salary: $45,000 with benefits
Duties & Responsibilities:
  • Installing wooden structures such as roofing frames, rafters, partitions, joists and stud work
  • Designing and installing cabinets, shelving, fitted furniture, drywall and insulation
  • Adding fixtures and fittings such as door handles, locks, hinges and closures
  • Selecting lumber by size and strength to suit each job, sourcing wood to suit the customer's budget and style
  • Calculating the number of fasteners required for each job
  • Liaising with clients, suppliers and other construction professionals
  • Reading blueprints and designs to work to specifications prepared by other construction professionals, architects and building code recommendations
Skills & Qualifications:
  • An associate degree or an apprenticeship in carpentry
  • Creativity and design skills
  • Experience of using hand and power tools such as drills, chisels, sanders, saws and nail guns
  • Joinery or cabinet-making skills
  • Knowledge of building regulations and codes to be adhered to
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