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Become A Finish Carpenter

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Working As A Finish 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

  • $43,848

    Average Salary

What Does A Finish Carpenter Do At The Layton Companies, Inc.

* Build and install block outs and in beds.
* Install architectural finishes according to specifications and plans
* Install door frames, doors, hardware and miscellaneous trim and finish items.
* Ensure that job site is kept clean and safe by craftsmen.
* Identify hazards associated with task assignments and ask questions.
* Understand and follow lock out/tag out procedures.
* Comply with all safety policies, practices and procedures.
* Report all unsafe activities to supervisor and/or Safety.
* Have tools required of a finish carpenter and/or form setter position

What Does A Finish Carpenter Do At Reborn Cabinets Inc.

* Demolition and installation of floors , walls, framework, light plumbing and electrical using materials such as: wood, steel, metal and composites of multiple materials
* Fitting and installing cabinet frames, doors, , door hardware, interior and exterior trim using a carpenters level, plumb bob, and laser levels
* Studying specifications in sketches, or drawing plans to prepare project layout and determine dimensions and materials required
* Shaping or cutting materials to specified measurements, using hand tools, machines, or power saws
* Following established safety rules and regulations and maintaining a safe and clean environment
* Building or repairing cabinets, doors, frameworks, floors, or other wooden fixtures used in homes, using woodworking machines, hand tools, or power tools
* Assembling and fastening materials to make frameworks or props, using hand tools and wood screws, nails, dowel pins, or glue
* Removing damaged or defective parts or sections of specific area and repair or replace, using hand tools
* Inspecting ceiling or floor tile, wall coverings, siding, glass, or woodwork to detect broken or damaged structures
* Must have own tools, reliable transportation and clean driving record
* ADDITIONAL:
* Carpenter will be doing residential demo and framework.
* Need to tear down everything, Do all new wood framing and drywall, also finish up and crown molding.
* Vehicle must be able to carry at least a 4'x8' sheet of plywood an 2'x4' or 4'x8' drywall.
* Also be able to do compound, doors, drawers and occasionally appliance installation

What Does A Finish Carpenter Do At City of Detroit

* Performs a variety of work tasks related to construction and alteration of structural elements.
* Studies and works from drawings, blueprints, rough sketches or oral instructions.
* Determines materials necessary.
* Prepares layout by use of rule framing square and calipers.
* Marks guidelines on materials.
* Shapes materials to prescribed measurements by use of saws, chisels and planes.
* Assembles materials and fastens them together.
* Erects framework for structure.
* Cuts openings for windows and doors.
* Installs window frames and sash.
* Fits and hangs doors.
* Builds and repairs stairways and railings.
* Fits and installs prefabricated window frames, doors, doorframes, door locks, weather stripping, interior and exterior trim and finishing hardware.
* Lays sub-flooring, hardwood floors, vinyl and asphalt tile floors.
* Verifies trueness of structures.
* Builds, repairs, removes and installs counters, cabinets, shelving and benches.
* Installs or removes partitions.
* Re-faces cabinet work.
* Erects scaffolding and ladders.
* Builds and repairs furniture and other wooden equipment in a carpentry shop.
* Applies shock absorbing and sound proofing material to ceilings and walls

What Does A Finish Carpenter Do At Peopleready

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* 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 Finish Carpenter Do At Reborn Cabinets Inc.

* Ability to read blue prints and follow install instructions.
* Sanding, routing, prepping wood cabinets
* Refacing wood cabinets
* Install doors using standard blum hinges
* Master Communicator throughout project documenting existing damages, project progress, and finished install.
* Installing new Kitchen Cabinets and Vanities
* Arrive early for projects

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How To Become A Finish 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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Real Finish Carpenter Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Finish Carpenter Tarcon General Contracting Co. Inc. Yonkers, NY Sep 26, 2016 $81,869
Finish Carpenter Castro's Carpentry Corp. Hempstead, NY Oct 25, 2016 $75,629
Finish Carpenter Eppley Building & Design Inc. Hawthorne, NJ Mar 05, 2015 $75,150
Finish Carpenter Legacy Building & Development Corporation Somerville, MA Feb 08, 2016 $73,000
Finish Carpenter Holger Carvajal Hillside, NJ Aug 11, 2016 $72,675
Finish Carpenter Affiliated Restoration Contractors, Inc. Chicago, IL Jul 25, 2012 $71,240
Finish Carpenter Gryphon Construction Ltd. New York, NY Oct 07, 2009 $70,269
Finish Carpenter White Eagle Architectural Woodworking Wallington, NJ Jun 28, 2010 $65,594
Finish Carpenter Handy Dandy Workshop Db/A Luxor General Contractin New York, NY Dec 03, 2009 $57,935
Finish Carpenter A & M NR. 1 Construction Homer Glen, IL Oct 30, 2007 $55,994
Finish Carpenter Morgan-Heller Associates Inc. Pontiac, MI Mar 03, 2016 $55,474
Finish Carpenter Gemini Restoration, Inc. Union, NJ May 24, 2010 $53,448
Finishing Carpenter 360 Degree Construction North Plainfield, NJ Feb 04, 2010 $53,448
Finishing Carpenter Tar LLC Lakewood, NJ Mar 23, 2010 $52,050
Finishing Carpenter Tar LLC Lakewood, NJ Aug 29, 2011 $52,050
Finish Carpenter Custom Pro Corp Highland Park, NJ Mar 16, 2010 $52,050
Finish Carpenter D.C.M. Construction Inc. Burbank, IL Feb 07, 2011 $51,403
Finished Carpenter Hollosi Home Improvements Milltown, NJ Mar 11, 2008 $51,257
Finished Carpenter Hollosi Home Improvements Milltown, NJ Feb 20, 2009 $51,257
Finish Carpenter R&D Furniture, Inc. Garfield, NJ Apr 11, 2015 $47,278
Finish Carpenter Thomas Jerome Inc. NY Feb 19, 2009 $45,914
Finish Carpenter Mixbud Construction, Inc. Hicksville, NY Feb 23, 2010 $43,326
Finish Carpenter ENP Construction LLC Westport, NY May 24, 2011 $41,886 -
$43,827
Finish Carpenter General Hardwoods & Millwork, Inc. Fort Lauderdale, FL Apr 02, 2009 $41,740
Finish Carpenter Knight & Grabowski Construction LLC Stamford, CT Feb 15, 2008 $41,490
Finish Carpenter W & G Flooring, Inc. Burbank, IL Jan 06, 2011 $38,938
Finish Carpenter Affiliated Restoration Contractors, Inc. Chicago, IL Jun 09, 2011 $38,938
Finish Carpenter Nader Homes, Inc. NJ Mar 20, 2008 $38,317
Finish Carpenter Miracle Home Improvements Croton-on-Hudson, NY Apr 09, 2015 $37,898
Finish Carpenter Caldwell Development, Inc. Miami, FL Jun 29, 2009 $36,523

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Top Skills for A Finish Carpenter

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Top Finish Carpenter Skills

  1. Custom Cabinets
  2. Window Installation
  3. Custom Homes
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Build custom cabinets per customer specifications.
  • Finish carpentry, shelf hanging, window installation, cabinets, hardware installation , etc.
  • Finish Carpentry, Custom Homes, 3 employees serving the Cleveland suburbs.
  • Teamed with five laborers to construct houses and additions; completed renovations Entrusted with finish carpentry for contracts
  • Installed cabinetry, entry and interior doors, commercial entry doors, and door hardware in both commercial and residential buildings.

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