Carpenters perform some or all of the following duties:
A. Read and interpret blueprints, drawings and sketches to determine specifications and calculate requirements
B. Prepare layouts in conformance to building codes, using measuring tools
C. Measure, cut, shape, assemble and join materials made of wood, wood substitutes, lightweight steel and other materials
D. Build foundations, install floor beams, lay subflooring and erect walls and roof systems
E. Fit and install trim items, such as doors, stairs, moulding and hardware
F. Maintain, repair and renovate residences and wooden structures in mills, mines, hospitals, industrial plants and other establishments
G. Supervise apprentices and other construction workers
1. Construction - 80.0%
2. Wood product manufacturing - 3.0%
3. Furniture and related product manufacturing - 2.0%
4. Public administration - 2.0%
5. Educational services - 1.0%
6. Administrative and support waste management and remediation services - 1.0%
1. You usually need a high school diploma.
2. To gain trade certification as a carpenter, you usually need either a three- to four-year apprenticeship program, or a combination of over four years' work experience and some high school, college, or industry courses in carpentry.
3. Trade certification is compulsory in Quebec and available, but voluntary, in all other provinces/territories.
4. Qualified carpenters may also obtain interprovincial (Red Seal) trade certification, which provides job mobility throughout the country.
5. With experience, you may move up the ranks to become a supervisor.
6. Most recent entrants have a trade/vocational certificate and almost 2 in 5 have a community college diploma.
3. Industrial Arts (Woodworking)
The average hourly wages for Carpenters is $17.65/HR, which is close to the average for occupations in the trades, transport and equipment operators sector and close to the average for all technical, professional, and skilled occupations. These wages grew at an average rate from 2002 to 2004.