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Working As A Scaffold Builder

  • Performing General Physical Activities
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Handling and Moving Objects
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events
  • Unpleasant/Hazardous Environment

  • Outdoors/walking/standing

  • Make Decisions

  • $53,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Scaffold Builder 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 A Scaffold Builder

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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Average Length of Employment
Rough Carpenter 3.1 years
Ship Erector 2.8 years
Dock Builder 2.7 years
Builder 2.4 years
Stage Builder 2.1 years
Scaffold Builder 2.0 years
Pallet Builder 1.3 years
Top Careers Before Scaffold Builder
Carpenter 12.1%
Helper 9.3%
Foreman 6.7%
Cashier 6.3%
Welder 4.8%
Painter 4.8%
Cook 4.3%
Insulator 3.9%
Technician 3.4%
Supervisor 3.4%
Top Careers After Scaffold Builder
Carpenter 13.8%
Foreman 10.7%
Technician 6.0%
Helper 5.8%
Supervisor 5.6%
Driver 4.5%
Painter 4.3%
Welder 4.1%
Insulator 3.5%
Operator 3.5%
Cashier 3.0%

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Top Skills for A Scaffold Builder

  1. Safety Meetings
  2. Dismantle Scaffolds
  3. Demo Scaffolds
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Have safety meetings about what we've done and how we can work to better ourselves and the jobs at hand.
  • Trained new hires in how to safely build, modify, and dismantle scaffolds.
  • Obtain job permits; erect, modify, and demo scaffolds as well as instruct other crews of their job duties
  • Followed applicable work and safety procedures in performance of regular and irregular tasks.
  • Transport prefabricated parts to construction sites for assembly and installation.

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The average resume reviewer spends between 5 to 7 seconds looking at a single resume, which leaves the average job applier with roughly six seconds to make a killer first impression. Thanks to this, a single typo or error on your resume can disqualify you right out of the gate. At Zippia, we went through over 6,091 Scaffold Builder resumes and compiled some information about how best to optimize them. Here are some suggestions based on what we found, divided by the individual sections of the resume itself.

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Scaffold Builder Demographics

Gender

Male

81.7%

Unknown

10.9%

Female

7.4%
Ethnicity

White

50.4%

Hispanic or Latino

26.6%

Black or African American

15.3%

Asian

5.3%

Unknown

2.4%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

91.7%

Polish

3.1%

Portuguese

2.1%

French

1.0%

Venetian

1.0%

Arabic

1.0%
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Scaffold Builder Education

Schools

Baton Rouge Community College

8.9%

South Texas College

8.3%

Lee College

7.3%

Brazosport College

7.3%

Del Mar College

6.0%

Lamar Institute of Technology

5.8%

Houston Community College

5.6%

ITI Technical College

5.6%

Sowela Technical Community College

4.8%

Southern University and A & M College

4.4%

College of the Mainland

4.4%

Delgado Community College

4.2%

Lamar University

4.2%

Bishop State Community College

3.6%

Southeastern Louisiana University

3.4%

McNeese State University

3.4%

Texas Southern University

3.4%

San Jacinto College District

3.4%

Lamar State College - Port Arthur

3.0%

The Academy

2.6%
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Majors

Precision Metal Working

17.1%

Business

14.8%

General Studies

10.0%

Criminal Justice

8.7%

Electrical Engineering Technology

4.2%

Industrial Technology

4.1%

Electrical Engineering

3.8%

Education

3.7%

Construction Management

3.7%

Computer Science

3.6%

Automotive Technology

3.6%

Drafting And Design

3.4%

Nursing

2.6%

Engineering

2.6%

Kinesiology

2.4%

Electromechanical Instrumentation And Maintenance Technologies/Technicians

2.4%

Management

2.4%

Electrical And Power Transmission Installers

2.2%

Civil Engineering

2.2%

Occupational Safety And Health

2.2%
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Degrees

Other

56.6%

Associate

17.0%

Bachelors

12.5%

Certificate

10.0%

Diploma

2.4%

Masters

0.7%

License

0.5%

Doctorate

0.2%
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