Carpenters adjust, control, handle, and operate machinery and materials in order to build, erect, install, repair, and demolish structures and components of structures made of wood, wood substitutes, lightweight steel, concrete, etc.
They are usually self-employed, but can sometimes be employed by Carpentry Contractors, Construction Managers, or by maintenance departments of buildings and other establishments. They work closely with Construction Managers, ensuring all aspects of the project are completed as per company protocols; focusing on quality, cost control, and consistency. Carpenters are often required to work with all levels of maintenance, production, engineering and outside services.
Here’s a non-exhaustive list of common tasks Carpenters are required to complete.
- Reading and interpreting drawings/blueprints/sketches to determine specifications and calculate requirements:
- Measuring, estimating, selecting, and requisitioning the right materials.
- Preparing layouts according to building codes, using measuring tools.
- Assembling and erecting scaffolding wherever it’s not possible to reach the height.
- Building, maintaining, repairing, and demolishing wooden structures and frameworks in industrial and residential establishments, using hand and power tools:
- Installing anchor bolts and embedded steel prior to pouring concrete footings, foundations, walls, columns, slabs, and beams;
- building foundations and temporary divisions, installing floor beams, laying subflooring and erecting wood or metal walls and roof systems;
- measuring, cutting, shaping, welding/joining, and/or assembling materials (e.g. wood, wood substitutes, lightweight steel);
- fitting and installing trim items, such as doors, windows, stairs, moulding, and hardware;
- installing modular furniture/cabinets; and
- finishing the interior and exterior of a building.
- Assisting the Construction Manager in the coordination of on-site activities.
- Cleaning up properly after a job and maintaining good housekeeping habits throughout the project:
- Securing and putting away tools, equipment, and materials at the end of each work day; and
- dismantling scaffolding and temporary divisions, as required.
- Preparing estimates:
- Analyzing, collecting, calculating, and comparing data.
- Reading blueprints, planning calculations, and preparing layouts.
- Building, installing, and repairing structures and components of structures made of wood, wood substitutes, lightweight steel, and concrete.
- Demolishing structures and components of structures as required.
The average Carpenter salary is $48,382 per year or $25 per hour. This is around 1.5 times more than the Median wage of the country. Entry level positions start at $34,000 while most experienced workers make up to $68,000. These results are based on 1,888 salaries extracted from job descriptions.