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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

Construction laborers and helpers perform many tasks that require physical labor on construction sites.

Duties

Construction laborers and helpers typically do the following:

  • Clean and prepare construction sites by removing debris and possible hazards
  • Load or unload building materials to be used in construction
  • Build or take apart bracing, scaffolding, and temporary structures
  • Dig trenches, backfill holes, or compact earth to prepare for construction
  • Operate or tend equipment and machines used in construction
  • Follow construction plans and instructions from supervisors or more experienced workers
  • Assist craftworkers with their duties

Construction laborers and helpers work on almost all construction sites, performing a wide range of tasks varying in complexity from very easy to extremely difficult and hazardous. Although many of the tasks they perform require some training and experience, most tasks can be learned quickly. 

Construction laborers, are also referred to as construction craft laborers, perform a wide variety of construction-related activities during all phases of construction. Many laborers spend their time preparing and cleaning up construction sites, using tools such as shovels and brooms. Other workers, for example, those on road crews, may specialize and learn to control traffic patterns and operate pavement breakers, jackhammers, earth tampers, or surveying equipment.

With special training, laborers may help transport and use explosives or run hydraulic boring machines to dig out tunnels. They may learn to use lasers to place pipes and to use computers to control robotic pipe cutters. They may become certified to remove asbestos, lead, or chemicals.

Helpers assist construction craftworkers, such as electricians and carpenters, with a variety of tasks. They may carry tools and materials or help set up equipment. For example, many helpers work with cement masons to move and set the forms that determine the shape of poured concrete. Many other helpers assist with taking apart equipment, cleaning up sites, and disposing of waste, as well as helping with any other needs of craftworkers.

Many construction trades have helpers who assist craftworkers. The following trades have associated helpers:

  • Brickmasons, blockmasons, and stonemasons, and tile and marble setters
  • Carpenters
  • Electricians
  • Painters, paperhangers, plasterers, and stucco masons
  • Pipelayers, plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters
  • Roofers

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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.

Education

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.

Training

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.

Advancement

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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Carpenter Helper Demographics

Gender

Male

89.1%

Female

9.6%

Unknown

1.3%
Ethnicity

White

79.2%

Hispanic or Latino

12.9%

Asian

5.9%

Unknown

1.4%

Black or African American

0.6%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

79.7%

French

6.8%

Polish

3.4%

Portuguese

1.7%

Occidental

1.7%

Greek

1.7%

Carrier

1.7%

Russian

1.7%

Arabic

1.7%
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Carpenter Helper Education

Schools

Delgado Community College

9.7%

Baton Rouge Community College

8.4%

Sowela Technical Community College

6.5%

South Texas College

6.5%

Southeastern Louisiana University

5.8%

University of Phoenix

5.8%

The Academy

5.2%

Lee College

5.2%

Hinds Community College

4.5%

Trident Technical College

4.5%

Universal Technical Institute

4.5%

Montgomery College

4.5%

Hudson Valley Community College

3.9%

Angelina College

3.9%

Northwestern State University of Louisiana

3.9%

University of Louisiana at Lafayette

3.9%

University of Louisiana at Monroe

3.9%

East Central Community College

3.2%

River Parishes Community College

3.2%

Lamar Institute of Technology

3.2%
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Majors

Business

16.5%

General Studies

10.9%

Precision Metal Working

7.9%

Automotive Technology

6.8%

Electrical Engineering Technology

6.0%

Criminal Justice

5.4%

Electrical Engineering

4.5%

Construction Management

4.5%

Education

3.9%

Industrial Technology

3.8%

Graphic Design

3.5%

Heating And Air Conditioning

3.5%

Liberal Arts

3.3%

Computer Science

3.2%

Music

3.2%

Biology

2.8%

Electrical And Power Transmission Installers

2.6%

Psychology

2.6%

Management

2.5%

Civil Engineering

2.5%
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Degrees

Other

51.3%

Associate

15.6%

Bachelors

15.2%

Certificate

12.2%

Diploma

2.9%

Masters

2.3%

License

0.3%

Doctorate

0.1%
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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
Capenter Helper Seashore Builders, Inc. NC Oct 01, 2015 $26,171
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

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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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