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Although most carpenters learn their trade through an apprenticeship, some learn on the job, starting as a helper.Education
A high school diploma or equivalent is required. High school courses in mathematics, mechanical drawing, and general vocational technical training are considered useful.Training
Most carpenters learn their trade through a 3- or 4-year apprenticeship program. For each year of a typical program, apprentices must complete at least 144 hours of technical training and 2,000 hours of paid on-the-job training. In the technical training, apprentices learn carpentry basics, blueprint reading, mathematics, building code requirements, and safety and first-aid practices. They also may receive specialized training in creating and setting concrete forms, rigging, welding, scaffold building, working within confined workspaces, and fall protection. All carpenters must pass the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) 10- and 30-hour safety courses.
After finishing an apprenticeship, carpenters are considered to be journey workers and may perform tasks on their own.
Several groups, including unions and contractor associations, sponsor apprenticeship programs. Some apprenticeship programs have preferred entry for veterans. The basic qualifications for a person to enter an apprenticeship program are as follows:
Some contractors have their own carpenter training program, which may be an accredited apprenticeship program.
Although many workers enter apprenticeships directly, some carpenters start out as helpers.
Some workers can earn certificates before entering an apprenticeship. The National Association of Home Builders offers Pre-Apprenticeship Certificate Training (PACT) through the Home Builders Institute. PACT is available for several different groups, from youths to veterans, and covers information for eight construction trades, including painting.
Workers typically learn the proper use of hand and power tools on the job. They often start by working with more experienced carpenters and are given more complex tasks as they prove that they can handle simpler tasks, such as measuring and cutting wooden and metal studs.
A number of 2-year technical schools offer carpentry degrees that are affiliated with unions or contractor organizations. Credits earned as part of an apprenticeship program usually count toward an associate’s degree.Advancement
Because they are involved in all phases of construction, carpenters usually have more opportunities than other construction workers to become first-line supervisors, independent contractors, or general construction supervisors.
Carpenters seeking advancement often take additional training provided by associations, unions, or employers. Communication in both English and Spanish also is helpful for relaying instructions to workers.Important Qualities
Business skills. Self-employed carpenters must be able to bid on new jobs, track inventory, and plan work assignments.
Detail oriented. Carpenters perform many tasks that are important in the overall building process. Making precise measurements, for example, may reduce gaps between windows and frames, limiting any leaks around the window.
Dexterity. Carpenters use many tools and need hand-eye coordination to avoid injury or damaging materials. Striking the head of a nail, for example, is crucial to not damaging wood or injuring oneself.
Math skills. Carpenters use basic math skills every day to calculate volume and measure materials to be cut.
Physical stamina. Carpenters need physical endurance. They frequently stand, climb, or bend for long periods.
Physical strength. Carpenters use tools and materials that are heavy. For example, plywood sheets can weigh 50 to 100 pounds.
Problem-solving skills. Because construction jobs vary, carpenters must adjust project plans accordingly. For example, if a prefabricated window arrives at the worksite slightly oversized, carpenters must shave framework to make the window fit.
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University of Phoenix9.6%
Hennepin Technical College6.4%
Idaho State University6.4%
Appalachian State University5.3%
Minnesota State University - Mankato5.3%
Utah Valley University5.3%
Austin Community College5.3%
Saint Paul's College4.3%
Tyler Junior College4.3%
Mesa Community College - Boswell4.3%
Universal Technical Institute4.3%
Milwaukee Area Technical College4.3%
Fox Valley Technical College4.3%
Moraine Park Technical College4.3%
Northern Michigan University4.3%
Utah State University4.3%
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|Job Title||Company||Location||Start Date||Salary|
|Cabinet Maker/Craftsman Supervisor||The Fortis Company LLC||Fort Worth, TX||Dec 02, 2016||$55,557|
|Cabinet Maker||Cuneo Inc.||New Brunswick, NJ||Jan 19, 2010||$46,373|
|Cabinet Maker||Planton Interiors, Inc.||Englewood, NJ||Sep 17, 2008||$43,410|
|Cabinet Maker||K & D Wright & Company Construction, Inc.||Bridgehampton, NY||Mar 26, 2009||$42,324|
|Cabinet Maker||Jerzy Construction Corporation||Roselle Park, NJ||Dec 01, 2016||$41,954|
|Cabinet Maker||Walter E. Lynch, AIA, PLLC||Washington, DC||Feb 01, 2008||$41,740|
|Cabinet Maker||Curry Cabinetry||Tampa, FL||Nov 24, 2015||$41,600|
|Cabinet Maker||Triple O Construction Inc.||Chicago, IL||Aug 18, 2011||$39,957|
|Cabinet Maker||Hard & Chic Nj LLC||Kingston, NJ||Jan 14, 2011||$39,820|
|Cabinet Maker||Engberg Design and Development||New York, NY||Apr 10, 2016||$39,437|
|Cabinet Maker||Zotov Construction LLC||Shelton, CT||Apr 26, 2011||$38,168|
|Cabinet Maker||Dormer King Inc.||West Babylon, NY||Aug 19, 2010||$38,000|
|Cabinet Maker||McConstruction Consulting Inc.||NY||Jun 04, 2015||$37,170|
|Cabinet Maker||Modern Kitchen & Bath Designs Inc.||New York, NY||Apr 01, 2016||$37,170|
|Cabinet Maker||A&Z Woodwork, Inc.||Schiller Park, IL||Apr 09, 2012||$33,392|
|Cabinet Maker||A W Ross, Inc.||Passaic, NJ||Nov 05, 2009||$33,329|
|Cabinet Maker||Wilwoodman, Inc.||Palm Coast, FL||Dec 01, 2016||$33,197|
|Cabinet Maker||Trieste Construction, Corp||Great Neck, NY||Aug 13, 2008||$33,037|
|Cabinet Maker||Bielecki Construction LLC||Woodbridge, NJ||Jul 06, 2015||$33,030|
|Yacht Interior Cabinet Maker||Interior Systems Management Corp||Fort Lauderdale, FL||Jun 30, 2016||$32,750|
|Cabinet Maker||A-DA-Lite Cabinet Manufacturers, Inc.||Port Orange, FL||Oct 28, 2010||$31,305|
|Wood Cabinet Maker||PC Construction||Parksdale, CA||Jul 08, 2010||$31,305|
|Cabinet Maker||Inter Craft Custom Furniture, Inc.||NY||Apr 01, 2009||$29,823|
|Cabinet Maker||Urban Architectural Interiors, Inc.||New York, NY||Mar 30, 2009||$29,260|
|Custom Cabinet Maker||L.A. Woodworks, Inc.||Parksdale, CA||Jan 08, 2015||$29,224|
|Cabinet Maker||AJK Contarcting, Ltd.||Merrick, NY||Jun 08, 2010||$28,717|
|Cabinet Maker||Sunshine Construction Inc.||Islip, NY||Mar 10, 2010||$28,717|
|Cabinet Maker||Custom Colonial Kitchens & Millwork Inc.||Columbia, NJ||Apr 02, 2009||$28,300|
|Cabinet Maker||Century Construction Inc.||Stamford, CT||Jan 11, 2012||$28,237|
|Cabinet Maker||MB Constrcution LLC||Stamford, CT||Jan 21, 2010||$28,237|
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