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Become A Concrete Carpenter

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Working As A Concrete Carpenter

  • Getting Information
  • Performing General Physical Activities
  • Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material
  • Handling and Moving Objects
  • Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work
  • Deal with People

  • Unpleasant/Hazardous Environment

  • Outdoors/walking/standing

  • Make Decisions

  • $28,175

    Average Salary

What Does A Concrete Carpenter 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

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How To Become A Concrete Carpenter

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:

  • Minimum age of 18
  • High school education or equivalent
  • Physically able to do the work
  • U.S. citizen or proof of legal residency
  • Pass substance abuse screening

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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Concrete Carpenter Demographics

Gender

  • Male

    92.0%
  • Female

    5.0%
  • Unknown

    3.0%

Ethnicity

  • White

    75.4%
  • Hispanic or Latino

    17.4%
  • Asian

    5.5%
  • Unknown

    1.3%
  • Black or African American

    0.4%
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Real Concrete Carpenter Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Concrete Carpenter/Finisher GBL Group of Fl, Inc. Naples, FL Apr 02, 2015 $34,602
Concrete Carpenter All-Phase Concrete Construction Englewood, CO Apr 04, 2008 $28,175
Concrete Carpenter All-Phase Concrete Construction Englewood, CO Mar 13, 2009 $28,175
Concrete Carpenter All-Phase Concrete Construction Englewood, CO Mar 19, 2009 $28,175
Concrete Carpenter All-Phase Concrete Construction Englewood, CO Jan 09, 2009 $28,175
Concrete Carpenter All-Phase Concrete Construction Englewood, CO Mar 24, 2009 $28,175

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Top Skills for A Concrete Carpenter

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Top Concrete Carpenter Skills

  1. Safety Rules
  2. Slabs
  3. Project Layout
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Follow established safety rules and regulations and maintain a safe and clean environment.
  • Build Forms for wall, concrete slabs, paving and stairs.
  • Shape or cut materials to specified measurements, using hand tools, machines, or power saw.
  • Tie rebar for catch bases.
  • Mold expansion joints and edges, using edging tools, jointers, and straightedge.

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