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Working As A Carpenter Helper

  • Performing General Physical Activities
  • Handling and Moving Objects
  • Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material
  • Getting Information
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Unpleasant/Hazardous Environment

  • Outdoors/walking/standing

  • $30,646

    Average Salary

What Does A Carpenter Helper Do At Tradesmen International, Inc.

* Helping install foundations, walls, floors, ceilings, and roofs using materials such as: wood, steel, metal, concrete, plastics, and composites of multiple materials
* Assisting with fitting and installing window frames, doors, door frames, door hardware, interior and exterior trim using a carpenters level, plumb bob, and laser levels
* Erecting scaffolding, ladders for assembling structures above ground levels.
* Positioning and holding timbers, lumber, or paneling in place for fastening or cutting
* Selecting tools, equipment, and/or materials from storage and transport items to work site
* Cleaning work areas, machines, or equipment, to maintain a clean and safe job site
* Holding plumb bobs, sighting rods, or other equipment to aid in establishing reference points and lines
* Cutting timbers, lumber and/or paneling to specified dimensions, and drilling holes in timbers or lumber
* Smoothing or sanding surfaces to remove ridges, tool marks, glue, or caulking

What Does A Carpenter Helper Do At Hoar Construction

* Clean work areas, machines, tools or equipment, to maintain a clean and safe job site
* Select tools, equipment, or materials from storage and transport items to task or project site, return equipment to storage once finished
* Assist in constructing, erecting, installing, or repairing structures such as but not limited to door and wall frames; hardware, doors, casework and trim; specialty hardware such as handrails, laminates and door handles
* Use power and hand tools as required by the Carpenter or Foreman such as saw, nail guns, sanders or other as necessary
* Environment
* Work is performed primarily in an outdoor setting with exposure to all types of weather and temperature conditions, and travel from site to site
* Physical
* Primary functions require sufficient physical ability and mobility to work in an office setting and field environment; to walk, stand, and sit for prolonged periods of time; to frequently stoop, bend, kneel, crouch, crawl, climb, reach, twist, grasp, and make repetitive hand movement in the performance of daily duties; to lift, carry, push, and/or pull moderate amounts of weight up to 50 lbs without assistance (94lbs without assistance for self-performed concrete jobs) and greater than 50lbs with assistance; to operate assigned equipment and vehicles; and to verbally communicate to exchange information
* Vision
* See in the normal visual range with or without correction
* Hearing
* Hear in the normal audio range with or without correction

What Does A Carpenter Helper Do At SMG-NRG Park

* Perform repairs and maintenance tasks such as painting, patching, and correcting simple plumbing problems, as required.
* Follow the preventive maintenance program, energy management program and standard operating procedures for all machinery and equipment.
* Proper methods of storing equipment, materials and supplies.
* Perform repairs and maintenance to existing structures including but not limited to parking signs, podiums, crates, and storage containers.
* Build objects as required, cut wood as required.
* Ability to follow and draw plans for items.
* Manage and maintain carpentry shop adhering to all safety regulations.
* Manage carpentry inventory of tools and material.
* Follow the preventive maintenance program, energy management program and standard operating procedures for all machinery and equipment.
* Record and log all work performed, complete work order slips and compile all required reports in a timely and complete manner.
* Promote a safe working environment for all employees by following the life safety and emergency program as needed.
* Operate power tools and other equipment, such as, light trucks, pallet jacks, forklifts, access lifts, or other light power driven equipment.
* May occasionally have to enter areas where fumes, airborne particles and toxic or caustic chemicals are present.
* Work at heights using correct safety equipment.
* Develop and submit lists of necessary repairs and improvements.
* May perform other duties as assigned.
* Supervisory Responsibilities:
* Not Applicable

What Does A Carpenter Helper Do At Peopleready

* 1.
* Spreads concrete to specified depth and workable consistency, using float to bring water to surface and produce soft topping.
* Levels, smooths out, and shapes surfaces of freshly poured concrete, using straight edge and float or power screed.
* Finishes concrete surfaces, using power trowel, or wets and rubs concrete with abrasive stone to impart finish.
* Removes rough or defective spots from concrete surfaces, using power grinder or chisel and hammer and patches holes with fresh concrete or epoxy compound.
* Molds expansion joints and edges, using edging tools, joiners, and straight edge.
* May produce rough concrete surface, using broom to produce prescribed finish.
* May mix cement, using hoe or concrete-mixing machine.
* May direct sub-grade work, mixing of concrete, and setting of forms.
* May specialize in walls, steps, slabs and vertical or elevated structures.
* Perform other duties as necessary and directed by supervisor

What Does A Carpenter Helper Do At Stone Custom Construction & Cabinetry

* all-around carpentry, from cabinet shop to framing.   Willing to train the right person with some carpenter skills.
* Wages will depend on

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How To Become A Carpenter Helper

Construction laborers and helpers learn their trade through on-the-job training (OJT). The length of training depends on the employer and the specialization. Formal education is not typically required.


Although formal education is not typically required, high school classes in mathematics, blueprint reading, welding, and other vocational subjects can be helpful.

To receive further education, some workers attend a trade school or community college.


Construction laborers and helpers learn through OJT after being hired by a construction contractor. Workers typically gain experience by performing tasks under the guidance of experienced workers.

Although the majority of construction laborers and helpers learn by assisting experienced workers, some construction laborers opt for apprenticeship programs. Programs generally include 2 to 4 years of technical instruction and OJT. The Laborers' International Union of North America (LIUNA) requires a minimum of 4,000 hours of OJT, accompanied by 300 hours of related instruction in such areas as signaling, blueprint reading, using proper tools and equipment, and following health and safety procedures. The remainder of the curriculum consists of specialized training in one of these eight areas:

  • Building construction
  • Demolition and deconstruction
  • Environmental remediation
  • Road and utility construction
  • Tunneling
  • Masonry
  • Landscaping
  • Pipeline construction

Several groups, including unions and contractor associations, sponsor apprenticeship programs, which usually have only a basic age qualification—age 18 or older—for entrance. Apprentices must obtain a high school diploma or equivalent before completing their apprenticeship. Some apprenticeship programs have preferred entry for veterans.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

Laborers who remove hazardous materials (hazmat) must meet the federal and state requirements for hazardous materials removal workers.

Depending on the work they do, laborers may need specific certifications, which may be attained through LIUNA. Rigging and scaffold building are commonly attained certifications. Certification can help workers prove that they have the knowledge to perform more complex tasks.


Through experience and training, construction laborers and helpers can advance into positions that involve more complex tasks. For example, laborers may earn certifications in welding, erecting scaffolding, or finishing concrete, and then spend more time performing those activities. Similarly, helpers sometimes move into construction craft occupations after gaining experience in the field. For example, experience as an electrician’s helper may lead to becoming an apprentice electrician.

Important Qualities

Color vision. Construction laborers and helpers may need to be able to distinguish colors to do their job. For example, an electrician’s helper must be able to distinguish different colors of wire to help the lead electrician.

Math skills. Construction laborers and some helpers need to perform basic math calculations while measuring on jobsites or assisting a surveying crew.

Mechanical skills. Construction laborers are frequently required to operate and maintain equipment, such as jackhammers.

Physical stamina. Construction laborers and helpers must have the endurance to perform strenuous tasks throughout the day. Highway laborers, for example, spend hours on their feet—often in hot temperatures—with few breaks.

Physical strength. Construction laborers and helpers must often lift heavy materials or equipment. For example, cement mason helpers must move cinder blocks, which typically weigh more than 40 pounds each.

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  • White

  • Hispanic or Latino

  • Asian

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  • Black or African American

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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

  • French

  • Polish

  • Portuguese

  • Occidental

  • Greek

  • Carrier

  • Russian

  • Arabic

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Real Carpenter Helper Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Carpenter Helper Carter Mitchell Woodworking Nantucket, MA Apr 01, 2015 $53,636
Helpers--Carpenters Falls Framing LLC Brownton, MN Nov 01, 2016 $38,964
Carpenter Helper Maxime & Co. ND Apr 02, 2015 $35,354
Carpenter Helper Maxime & Co. Fargo, ND May 03, 2016 $35,041
Carpenter Helper D and M Roofing Company Fargo, ND Apr 06, 2016 $35,041
Carpenter Helper Dropmasters Co Hamilton, NJ Aug 22, 2008 $34,602
Helper of Carpenter Focus Framing, Door and Trim LLC. Las Vegas, NV Jun 29, 2016 $33,872
Helper of Carpenter BMC West Corporation Las Vegas, NV Apr 05, 2016 $33,872
Helper of Carpenter BMC West Corporation Las Vegas, NV Feb 02, 2016 $33,872
Helpers--Carpenters Falls Framing LLC Edgeley, ND Nov 15, 2016 $33,225
Carpenter Helper Erickson Construction Roseville, CA Apr 15, 2016 $32,933
Helper of Carpenter BMC West Corporation Vacaville, CA Jul 26, 2016 $32,933
Carpenter Helper Erickson Construction Roseville, CA May 02, 2016 $32,933
Helper of Carpenter BMC West Corporation Vacaville, CA Apr 15, 2016 $32,453
Helpers--Carpenters Ottavio de Vivo D/B/A 'Ottavio's Custom Woodworking Shop' New Rochelle, NY Jan 31, 2014 $29,994
Helpers-Carpenters John Santos Construction, Inc. Fall River, MA Apr 09, 2012 $29,910
Carpenter Helper Peterson and Collins, Inc. Washington, DC Oct 25, 2011 $29,827
Carpenter Helper J.A.J. Suarez Framing, Inc. TX Feb 02, 2015 $29,552
Carpenter Helpers H2 Incorporated MN Aug 15, 2014 $29,385
Carpenter Helper Timon, LLC. MN Apr 01, 2014 $29,197
Carpenter Helper Phoenix Framing, LLC TN Mar 27, 2014 $29,155
Helpers-Carpenters Mike Ferrell Construction San Mateo, CA Nov 24, 2010 $29,016
Carpenter Helper Texas General Builders LLC TX Mar 14, 2014 $25,900
Helpers-Carpenters Everlast Construction NJ Feb 19, 2010 $25,858
Helpers-Carpenters P.M. Construction & Home Improvement Corp. NJ Jan 30, 2009 $25,691
Helpers-Carpenters K & R Farms, LLC TN Jul 05, 2014 $25,274
Carpenter Helper TC Thompson Builder, Inc. Artesia, NM Apr 23, 2008 $24,783
Helper Carpenter Jc Roadrunner, Inc. GA May 01, 2014 $24,627
Carpenter Helper Seashore Builders Inc. NC Oct 29, 2013 $24,606
Carpenter Helper MB Framing and General Contractors, Inc. GA Oct 01, 2014 $24,397

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Top Skills for A Carpenter Helper


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Top Carpenter Helper Skills

  1. Door Frames
  2. Drywall Installation
  3. Window Frames
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Fitted and installed windows and door frames, door hardware, interior and exterior trim using caps.
  • Crew Leader Gutting and remodeling of residential properties Framing, drywall installation
  • Build window frames, doors, staircases and frame buildings by using raw materials.
  • Followed established safety rules and regulations maintaining a safe & clean environment.
  • Removed damaged/defected parts of structures and repaired/replaced them using hand tools.

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