Skill Trades| Nancy H.

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Job Duties and Responsibilities

Carpenters are one of the most versatile construction occupations that usually works with wood that builds or repairs various structures

  • Must read blueprints and execute whatever the task successfully

  • They also prepare their own blueprints

  • Measuring, cutting and shaping wood

  • They create major wooden structure and framework like walls and door frames for homes

  • Carpenters must have exactly what they need to work in the best quality and so it is important to make sure the quality of his/hers structure/framework is not damaged and if so they would have to make sure they replace it

  • About one-third of carpenters are self-employed and so preparing cost for clients is a responsibility they might have to take on

  • Supervising apprentices to make sure they are on the right track to have a successful outcome of the project they may be working on

Who reports to this position?

  • Labourers- to possibly retrieve materials or equipment for the carpenter

  • Construction helpers- to verify what their role in the task is

  • Apprentices- seek clarification and receive assistance
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Who does the position report to?

  • Supervisors on work sites- To make sure you're on the right track

  • Clients- To make sure they are satisfied with your work

Average Wage

The average wage of a carpenter varies depending on the quality of their work and the area they live in. Wages range from $18.00-$33/hour. Their wage increases with more experience and skills added

Possible Work Locations

Constantly on different work sites, a wide range of different locations whether it is indoors or outdoors

Residential carpenters New homes, in neighbourhoods being formed mainly building and remodelling homes and condominiums

Commercial carpenters Remodel and help build building such as hospitals, hotels, schools, and shopping malls.

Industrial carpenters Work in civil and industrial settings where they would build concrete forms for tunnels, bridges, dams, power plants, or sewer construction projects.

Possible Work Hours

  • Almost all carpenters work full time

  • Overtime to complete deadlines

  • Self-employed workers often work in residential construction and may be able to set their own schedule.

Education and Training Required

  • A high school diploma is required

  • Suggested that high school courses such as English, mathematics for calculations while working, mechanical drawing to make and design blueprints for projects

  • Common way is to do a three or four-year apprenticeship

Opportunities for Advancement & What Would be Required

Advanced positions include:

  • Carpentry supervisor- this position would coordinate, monitor, advise and support the activities of carpentry workers

  • General construction supervisor-General construction superintendents oversee all phases of a construction project from initial planning to completion.

  • Project manager- plans, manages resources and keeps and organized workspace in order to have a successful outcome of the task/project

What you can do

  • Continue to exceed and succeed into the projects you are handed

  • Being able to speak more than one language is beneficial

Possible Hazards

Injuries that may occur could be:

Muscle strains- lifting heavy objects and equipment can pull muscle

Falling- since you are working in areas that have more than one floor/level an accident could occur, there is also a possibility of falling off ladders.

Cuts- working with machinery that is used to cut thick pieces of wood, and tough metals there is a chance of injury with hands or other body parts

Opportunities for Travel

In some cases, there is a chance for travel in terms of going to other countries and helping to build homes for those that may not have the same privileges we have. Some carpenters also might have the chance to go to different events in different and help set up and build different structures

Personal Qualities Recommended

  • Driven- Passionate about the work they do and is always striving to succeed

  • Organized- Making sure time is used wisely and everything is planned out

  • Co-operative- Get along well with others and work in a team environment

  • Responsible- Making sure they get tasks done by deadlines

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Skills Needed

Detail oriented- Precision is key when in order to have a successful outcome of a task and being detail oriented is to help make sure everything fits together properly and there aren't any mistakes that will affect the project as a whole

Manual dexterity- Hand-eye coordination is very important when it comes to carpentry because if not there will be an increased chance that an injury might happen

Math skills- Basic math skills is an important skill to have because it is needed for the planning of the project since they do prepare their blueprints. During the project measuring of length, width, height and volume as well as adding, multiplying measurements are all curial when it comes to carpentry

Critical Thinking Skills
Problems happen all the time but when it comes to projects in construction, carpenters must be able to solve these problems when they come up

Mechanical Skills
Carpenters require mechanical skills to work with a variety of tools and machines. These might include powers saws, drills, sanders and much more. Working with so many heavy duty machines carpenters must be comfortable operating, and possibly fixing these types of tools

Will there be a demand for this trade in the future in Canada?

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I do believe the demand for carpenters will be needed in the near future because the those that are baby boomers (50 years old+) are beginning to come to the age of retirement. In a industry like carpentry it requires a lot of physical requirements like being about to be in cramped spaces and carry heavy objects, as people get older their bodies won't be able to stand it leading to more chances of injuries, even though a lot of the baby boomers are in in the workforce it won't be long until they to come to the point of retirement. In the graph above it shows how Canada now has more seniors than kids under the age of 15. That shows us that there most likely won't be as many people in the skill trade industry as there used to be. Also, with more immigrants coming to Canada (about 250,000 every year) the demand for more homes and shelter will increase but with more people retiring it will be difficult to meet those goals, since the next generation of workers won't be as many as before.