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Working As An Installer

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  • 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

  • $28,968

    Average Salary

What Does An Installer Do

Carpenters construct and repair building frameworks and structures—such as stairways, doorframes, partitions, rafters, and bridge supports—made from wood and other materials. They also may install kitchen cabinets, siding, and drywall.

Duties

Carpenters typically do the following:

  • Follow blueprints and building plans to meet the needs of clients
  • Install structures and fixtures, such as windows and molding
  • Measure, cut, and shape wood, plastic, and other materials
  • Construct building frameworks, including walls, floors, and doorframes
  • Erect, level, and install building framework with the aid of rigging hardware and cranes
  • Inspect and replace damaged framework or other structures and fixtures
  • Instruct and direct laborers and other construction helpers

Carpenters are one of the most versatile construction occupations, with workers usually doing many different tasks. For example, some carpenters primarily insulate office buildings and others install drywall or kitchen cabinets in homes. Those who help construct tall buildings or bridges often install the wooden concrete forms for cement footings or pillars and are commonly referred to as rough carpenters. Other carpenters erect shoring and scaffolding for buildings.

Carpenters use many different hand and power tools to cut and shape wood, plastic, fiberglass, or drywall. They commonly use hand tools, including squares, levels, and chisels, as well as many power tools, such as sanders, circular saws, nail guns, and welding machines. Carpenters fasten materials together with nails, screws, staples, and adhesives, and do a final check of their work to ensure that it is completed according to specifications. They use a tape measure on nearly every project to make sure that the pieces being cut are the proper size, which reduces waste and saves time. Many employers require applicants to supply their own tools.

The following are examples of types of carpenters:

Residential carpenters typically specialize in single-family, townhome, and condominium building and remodeling. As part of a single job, they might build and set forms for footings, walls, and slabs, and frame and finish exterior walls, roofs, and decks. They also frame interior walls, build stairs, and install drywall, crown molding, doors, and cabinets. In addition, residential carpenters may tile floors and lay wood floors and carpet. Fully trained carpenters can easily switch from new homebuilding to remodeling.

Commercial carpenters typically build and remodel commercial office buildings, hospitals, hotels, schools, and shopping malls. Some specialize in working with light-gauge and load-bearing steel framing for interior partitions, exterior framing, and curtain wall construction. Others specialize in working with concrete forming systems and finishing interior and exterior walls, partitions, and ceilings. Most commercial carpenters perform many of the same tasks as residential carpenters.

Industrial carpenters typically work on civil engineering projects and in industrial settings, where they build scaffolding and create and set forms for pouring concrete. Some industrial carpenters build tunnel bracing or partitions in underground passageways and mines to control the circulation of air to worksites. Others build concrete forms for tunnels, bridges, dams, power plants, or sewers.

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How To Become An Installer

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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Installer Career Paths

Installer
Service Technician Service Manager General Manager
Area Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Technician Engineer Project Engineer
Construction Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Carpenter Operator Foreman
Construction Superintendent
9 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Program Manager Information Technology Project Manager
Contract Project Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Technician Maintenance Supervisor Facilities Manager
Director Of Facilities
11 Yearsyrs
Foreman Operations Manager Assistant Director
Environmental Services Director
9 Yearsyrs
Field Technician Field Engineer Estimator
Estimator Project Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Foreman Forklift Operator Carpenter
General Contractor
6 Yearsyrs
Carpenter Foreman
General Superintendent
11 Yearsyrs
Driver Delivery Driver Installation Technician
Installation Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Carpenter/Labour Lead Carpenter
Job Superintendent
6 Yearsyrs
Technician Service Technician Service Manager
Operations Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Electrician General Foreman Project Superintendent
Owner/Project Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Service Technician Operations Manager Account Executive
Product Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Machine Operator Production Supervisor
Production Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Technician Lead Technician
Project Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Forklift Operator Operator Foreman
Project Superintendent
10 Yearsyrs
Machine Operator Security Officer Account Manager
Sales Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Welder Foreman
Superintendent
9 Yearsyrs
Installation Technician Technician Technical Manager
Technical Director
7 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Organ Installer 6.4 years
Drapery Installer 5.8 years
Beading Installer 4.9 years
Monument Installer 4.1 years
Boiler Installer 3.8 years
Marble Installer 3.8 years
Carpet Installer 3.6 years
Senior Installer 3.5 years
Conduit Installer 3.5 years
Furnace Installer 3.5 years
Flooring Installer 3.5 years
Ceiling Installer 3.3 years
Lead Installer 3.3 years
Tile Installer 3.2 years
Terrazzo Installer 3.1 years
Floor Installer 3.1 years
Machine Installer 3.1 years
Dry Wall Installer 3.0 years
Systems Installer 3.0 years
Door Installer 2.9 years
Blind Installer 2.9 years
Housing Installer 2.8 years
Muffler Installer 2.8 years
Engine Installer 2.8 years
Mirror Installer 2.8 years
Cabinet Installer 2.7 years
Scale Installer 2.7 years
Glass Installer 2.7 years
Hvac Installer 2.7 years
Heater Installer 2.7 years
Plumbing Installer 2.6 years
Pump Installer 2.6 years
Installer/Trainer 2.6 years
Hardware Installer 2.6 years
Siding Installer 2.5 years
Avionics Installer 2.5 years
Counter Installer 2.4 years
Field Installer 2.4 years
Fence Installer 2.3 years
Vinyl Installer 2.3 years
Pool Installer 2.3 years
Sign Installer 2.3 years
Lock Installer 2.3 years
Pipe Installer 2.3 years
Radio Installer 2.2 years
Driver/Installer 2.2 years
Tire Installer 2.2 years
Awning Installer 2.2 years
Trim Installer 2.2 years
Window Installer 2.2 years
Network Installer 2.2 years
Granite Installer 2.1 years
Audio Installer 2.1 years
Security Installer 2.1 years
Top Installer 2.0 years
Cable Installer 2.0 years
Computer Installer 2.0 years
Culvert Installer 2.0 years
Installer 2.0 years
Gutter Installer 1.9 years
Line Installer 1.9 years
Stove Installer 1.9 years
Software Installer 1.9 years
Motor Installer 1.8 years
Harness Installer 1.7 years
Cell Installer 1.5 years
Conveyor Installer 1.4 years
Meter Installer 1.4 years
Paver Installer 1.4 years
Panel Installer 1.2 years
Seat Installer 1.2 years
Solar Installer 1.1 years
Fan Installer 1.1 years
Spouting Installer 1.0 years
Solar Installer PV 0.9 years
Top Employers Before
Technician 7.6%
Cashier 6.3%
Driver 5.0%
Carpenter 4.8%
Manager 4.8%
Supervisor 4.6%
Cook 4.4%
Foreman 3.7%
Owner 3.6%
Welder 3.3%
Top Employers After
Technician 9.7%
Driver 6.6%
Owner 5.5%
Carpenter 3.9%
Supervisor 3.8%
Foreman 3.8%
Manager 3.7%
Operator 3.4%
Mechanic 3.3%

Installer Demographics

Gender

Male

93.6%

Female

5.2%

Unknown

1.2%
Ethnicity

White

79.6%

Hispanic or Latino

12.9%

Asian

5.8%

Unknown

1.3%

Black or African American

0.5%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

71.1%

Carrier

5.8%

French

4.2%

German

2.8%

Russian

2.5%

Polish

1.8%

Arabic

1.8%

Portuguese

1.6%

Japanese

1.4%

Swedish

0.9%

Ukrainian

0.9%

Thai

0.9%

Dakota

0.9%

Hmong

0.5%

Korean

0.5%

Danish

0.5%

Bosnian

0.5%

Norwegian

0.5%

Italian

0.5%

Greek

0.5%
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Installer Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

21.4%

Universal Technical Institute

12.0%

The Academy

5.5%

Greenville Technical College

4.6%

Liberty University

4.0%

Palomar College

3.8%

Pima Community College

3.8%

Northern Virginia Community College

3.8%

Community College of the Air Force

3.8%

Fresno City College

3.7%

Ferris State University

3.6%

Glendale Community College

3.6%

Sierra College

3.4%

Hudson Valley Community College

3.4%

Anne Arundel Community College

3.4%

Lincoln Technical Institute

3.3%

Utah State University

3.3%

Utah Valley University

3.3%

Kaplan University

3.3%

Trident Technical College

3.1%
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Majors

Business

17.5%

Electrical Engineering

7.8%

Automotive Technology

7.0%

General Studies

6.8%

Electrical Engineering Technology

6.8%

Heating And Air Conditioning

6.6%

Criminal Justice

6.5%

Computer Science

4.9%

Environmental Control Technologies/Technicians

4.3%

Information Technology

4.0%

Computer Networking

3.9%

Precision Metal Working

3.7%

Computer Information Systems

3.2%

Drafting And Design

2.8%

Communication

2.6%

Graphic Design

2.6%

Education

2.5%

Accounting

2.4%

Fine Arts

2.0%

Management

2.0%
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Degrees

Other

46.1%

Associate

19.6%

Bachelors

19.1%

Certificate

8.9%

Diploma

3.4%

Masters

2.3%

License

0.4%

Doctorate

0.2%
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Real Installer Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Acrylic Bathroom Remodeling Installer New England Bath, Inc. Dba: Bay State Re-Bath Pembroke, MA Apr 02, 2016 $92,830
Drywall Installer Derby Dry Wall, Inc. Houston, TX Jun 06, 2008 $78,263
Low Voltage Installer Quality Integrated Solutions, Inc. Tinley Park, IL Apr 15, 2016 $75,650
Drywall Installer Excel Contractors, Inc. DBA. Progression Drywall Corp Los Angeles, CA Dec 30, 2016 $66,872
Drywall Installer Excel Contractors, Inc. DBA. Progression Drywall Corp Los Angeles, CA Dec 09, 2016 $66,872
Media Installer Preco, Inc. Burbank, CA Sep 02, 2015 $60,000
Drywall Installer John E Richardson Inc. Stamford, CT Oct 17, 2008 $59,438
Installer U. S. Floor, Kitchen & Bath, Inc. Rancho Santa Margarita, CA Feb 11, 2016 $58,033 -
$58,035
Centrifugal Installer Alma Plantation, LLC LA Jul 23, 2014 $54,262
Installer Reliant Electrical Contracting, Inc. New York, NY Nov 03, 2009 $54,199
Drywall Installer Madeira Drywall, Inc. Mamaroneck, NY Sep 13, 2010 $53,490
Drywall Installer Lindade Construction Inc. Bridgeport, CT Jul 16, 2015 $53,414
Drywall Installer Complete Drywall Services, L.L.C. Sulphur, LA Oct 02, 2007 $52,175
Capet Installer Flooring Installation System Old Bridge, NJ Dec 18, 2009 $51,194
Drywall Installer Complete Drywall Services White, GA Aug 22, 2008 $37,566
Drywall Installer Capitol Drywall Inc. Fairfax, VA Aug 18, 2008 $37,336
Drywall Installer Capitol Drywall Inc. Fairfax, VA Aug 14, 2008 $37,336
Drywall Installer Absolute Contracting Services, Inc. Clinton, MD Apr 21, 2010 $36,877
Tent Installer Nantucket Tents, LLC MA Apr 01, 2015 $36,856
Drywall Installer. Paul Johnson Drywall Inc. Prescott, AZ Jun 02, 2016 $36,815
Drywall Installer Paul Johnson Drywall Inc. Phoenix, AZ May 04, 2016 $36,815
Drywall Installer Roadrunner Drywall Corp. Phoenix, AZ Jul 11, 2016 $36,815
Display Installer AMB Enterprises, Inc. DBA Trac Patterson, CA Oct 08, 2010 $30,616
Tent and Prop Installer Tremont Lumber NY Mar 24, 2014 $30,616
Tent Installer American Tent and Table, Inc. MA May 01, 2016 $30,595
Drywall Installer Gerald Briggs Drywall Dallas, TX May 29, 2008 $30,555 -
$32,000
Event Installer Knight Enterprises, Inc. Lansdale, PA May 10, 2016 $30,408
Oven Installer Darberg Stores LLC Westwood, NJ Sep 02, 2009 $30,262
Oven Installer Darberg Stores LLC Westwood, NJ Jul 03, 2008 $30,262
Installer Aber Fence and Supply Co. Inc. Houston, TX Apr 22, 2016 $30,035

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Top Skills for An Installer

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Top Installer Skills

  1. Windows
  2. Safety Procedures
  3. Air Ducts
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Install all the windows that needed to be installed to peoples homes or apartment buildings and also hotels
  • Remove old insulation such as asbestos, following safety procedures.
  • Connect systems to fuel and water supply lines, air ducts, and other components.
  • Developed customer service skills Responsible for selling a unique service Responsible for using expensive machinery
  • Shape or cut materials to specified measurements, using hand tools, machines, or power saws.

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