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Become A Lead Carpenter

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Working As A Lead 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

  • $42,090

    Average Salary

What Does A Lead Carpenter Do At Team Rubicon

* Perform all general construction tasks, including painting, drywall installation and finishing, rough carpentry, finish carpentry, flooring, general construction labor, and all other skills necessary for on-time job completion
* Prepare selected properties for volunteer labor by ensuring all framing, rough-in’s and exterior envelope are complete
* Complete all miscellaneous work listed on final punch list as prepared by the Construction Superintendent
* Conduct warranty call services, as required
* Assist Superintendent with volunteer training as needed
* Manage​ ​Volunteer Experience
* Proactively ensure a positive experience for volunteers engaging in home rebuilds
* Ensure volunteer requests are met with a spirit of professionalism and customer service
* Minimum Qualifications
* Looking to serve individuals affected by Hurricane Harvey
* Experience working in volunteer organizations a plus
* Ability to handle multiple projects simultaneously
* Extensive knowledge of residential construction
* Knowledge of building code requirements
* Excellent communication skills
* Desire to teach construction and safety techniques
* Patience; ability to lead and include people of all ages, backgrounds, and skill levels
* Energy and enthusiasm; ability to problem-solve, take initiative, and work with a minimum of supervision
* Ability to perform physical work, which will include standing for long periods of time, working at heights up to 30 feet, and working outside in inclement weather
* Ability to lift at least 50 lbs

What Does A Lead Carpenter Do At Action Builders

* Carpentry installation.
* Jobsite supervision to include quality, protection, cleanliness and safety.
* Scheduling and managing of workers and subcontractors.
* Material orders and deliveries.
* Schedule and handle inspections.
* Job budget, schedule and paperwork Communication with the customer and project sales person.
* Proper product installation according to manufacturer.
* Customer

What Does A Lead Carpenter Do At NJ Construction Company

* Monitor work, verify adherence to state and federal code requirements Communicate with Project Manager on daily basis to ensure the job is running properly and on schedule Meet production goal, budget, and deadline Maintain jobsite safety (Example: work shoes, safety glasses, safety fence, fire extinguisher and first aid kit) Fill out incident reports and submit to the Project Manager Supervise subcontractors to ensure desired quality Oversee inspections Attend on-site project meetings with Project Manager, client, and architect/designer as needed (daily client management may be necessary) Supervise carpenter employees, Training and development of Carpenters and Laborers Jobsite organization, maintenance, and cleaning (daily) Order Materials, Delegate supply runs with Laborers (or Carpenters) to Home Depot, etc.
* Identify additional work orders or unforeseen conditions and communicate to Project Manager (may assist with estimate) Complete daily timesheets for crew on jobsite, note subcontractor hours, and submit to Project Manager for review Ensure quality standards are followed Perform all carpentry tasks: framing, millwork/cabinetry, interior and exterior trim, windows and doors, sheetrock/drywall, siding, layout Provide support to Carpenters and Laborer Punch list completion, Timely warranty work completion Perform miscellaneous tasks assigned by Project Manager Requirements 15+ years' experience in the construction industry with specific knowledge of residential remodeling Ability to interpret/read plans, review the scope of the work, and develop methods to complete the project; Ability to budget and schedule all related work activities to meet production goals Ability to perform high level carpentry Have extensive knowledge of mechanical, electrical and plumbing systems Ability to lift more than 50 pounds Good verbal and written communication skills; Strong client management ability: must have ability to connect with clients Professional demeanor, drive and results orientation, ability or prioritize, highly organized Conscientiousness with problem analysis and judgment skills Basic computer and internet skills required EOE.
* If interested, please respond to this ad with cover letter, resume, and salary requirements.
* Company Description Accomplished and growing construction management firm based in Hopewell

What Does A Lead Carpenter Do At Crown Point Builders Inc.

* Maintain customer experience, direct subcontractors and team members, train and mentor team members and subordinates, communicate with project managers, and quality control
* Complete the following tasks; carpentry, drywall, framing, siding, landscaping, flooring, other duties as assigned
* Benefits: Flexible schedules, paid vacation and holidays, bonus programs, assistance for continuing education, employee recruitment bonus, perfect attendance incentive
* Job type: Full-timeSalary: $18

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How To Become A Lead Carpenter

Although most carpenters learn their trade through an apprenticeship, some learn on the job, starting as a helper.


A high school diploma or equivalent is required. High school courses in mathematics, mechanical drawing, and general vocational technical training are considered useful.


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.


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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Lead Carpenter Career Paths

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Project Manager Program Manager General Manager
Area Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Self-Employed Maintenance Technician
Chief Engineer
10 Yearsyrs
General Contractor Project Manager
Construction Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Construction Manager Property Manager General Contractor
Construction Superintendent
9 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Supervisor Facilities Manager
Director Of Facilities
11 Yearsyrs
Project Superintendent Operations Manager Plant Manager
Director Of Plant Operations
14 Yearsyrs
Project Superintendent Assistant Project Manager Estimator
Estimator Project Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Supervisor Maintenance Manager
Facilities Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Construction Manager Operations Manager Property Manager
General Contractor
6 Yearsyrs
Assistant Superintendent Construction Superintendent
General Superintendent
11 Yearsyrs
Lead Foreman Journeyman Carpenter Carpenter Foreman
Job Superintendent
6 Yearsyrs
Self-Employed Driver Operation Supervisor
Logistics Manager
7 Yearsyrs
General Contractor Maintenance Technician
Maintenance Director
11 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Technician Field Service Technician Service Manager
Operations Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Assistant Superintendent Project Superintendent
Owner/Project Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Technician Maintenance Manager Operations Manager
Plant Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Consultant Senior Consultant
Program Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Construction Superintendent General Superintendent
Project Superintendent
10 Yearsyrs
Construction Superintendent Construction Manager
Quality Control Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Handyman Driver Delivery Driver/Warehouse
Warehouse Manager
5 Yearsyrs
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Lead Carpenter Demographics


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  • White

  • Hispanic or Latino

  • Asian

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  • Black or African American

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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

  • German

  • French

  • Swedish

  • Portuguese

  • Irish

  • Norwegian

  • Carrier

  • Russian

  • Korean

  • Italian

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Top Lead Carpenter Skills

  1. Window Installation
  2. Door Installation
  3. Custom Homes
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • performed wood framing, door and window installation.
  • Completed footing, form work, grade work, framing, window and door installation and setting trusses.
  • Manage a small crew of carpenters while building a variety of custom homes and buildings.
  • Followed established safety rules and regulations and maintained a safe and clean environment.
  • Installed drywall, ceilings, trim and fabricated replacement trim and moldings.

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