Carpenters Job Information
Learn about the Carpenters building trade, job information, and how to start your new career.
Carpenters Job Overview
Carpenters are involved in many different kinds of construction activity. They cut, fit and assemble wood and other materials in the construction of buildings, highways, bridges, docks, industrial plants, boats and many other structures. Their duties vary by type of employer. A carpenter employed by a special trade contractor, for example, may specialize in one or two activities, such as setting forms for concrete construction or erecting scaffolding. However, a carpenter employed by a general building contractor may perform many tasks, such as framing walls and partitions, putting in doors and win- dows, hanging kitchen cabinets and installing paneling and tile ceilings.
Working from blueprints or instructions from supervisors, carpenters first do the layout-measuring, marking and arranging materials. They then cut and shape wood, plastic, ceiling tile, fiberglass, or drywall using hand and power tools, such as chisels, planes, saws, drills and sanders, and then join the materials with nails, screws, staples or adhesives. In the final step, they check the accuracy of their work with levels, rules, plumb bobs, and framing scales and make any necessary adjustments.
Applicant must provide a birth certificate or other acceptable documentation; Minimum age requirement is 17; Applicant must provide an official transcript (must include the school’s seal and representative’s signature) from high school showing graduation date OR all GED records must be submitted (official transcript showing test scores and certificate issued); Applicant should provide any post-high school/technical training transcripts if they wish to receive consideration for such training; Applicant must provide a valid Driver’s License; Applicants must be physically capable of performing the essential functions of the apprenticeship program, with or without a reasonable accommodation, and without posing a direct threat to the health and safety of the individual or others; Applicant must submit a DD-214, or any similar documentation, used to verify military training and/or experience if they are a veteran and wish to receive consideration for such training/experience.
The apprenticeship program lasts for four years. Apprentices at- tend school quarterly for one entire week at the J.A.T.C. Apprentices also receive on-the-job training.
Algebra, geometry, sketching, drafting, science and industrial technology classes.
Carpenters work in all types of weather conditions. The work can some- times be strenuous. Prolonged standing, climbing, bending and kneeling are often necessary.
Must be able to work at high levels from ladders and scaffolds.
Must be physically fit to perform the job of carpenter with no restrictions.
Apprentices start at 50 percent of scale. Current wage rates are:
- $33.58/hr Base Wage, plus
- $8.90/hr Health and Welfare, Plus
- $19.50/hr Annuity and Pension.
(subject to change)
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