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The Life of Being a Carpenter

By: Damien Baltzer


Basic Info And Pay per hour

Carpenters build things out of wood. they have to buy the tools to build wooden items and furniture. They buy the wood at lowes and tools at lowes or walmart. If you are a carpenter then the average pay is $20.24 per hour. During that period, the highest-paid carpenters earned about $76,750.

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Carpenters learn their skills through an apprenticeship. In the program, which lasts 3-4 years, carpenters learn technical training and safety standards and building codes. In each year of the apprenticeship, apprentices are expected to complete 144 hours of paid technical training and 2,000 hours of on-the-job training.

To start in an apprentice program, you must be at least 18 years old, have a high school diploma or GED, physically sound, a United States citizen or legal resident and pass a drug test.


  • Attention to Detail: Nobody wants a crooked house. Carpenters make things that must be level and square. Often, they are a part of a larger piece of the building that must also be level.

  • Manual Dexterity: Carpenters work with their hands, using saws, hammers, and many other tools. Steady hands are needed.

  • Math Skills: Basic math is used every day by carpenters.

  • Strength: Carpenters will lift heavy lumber, cement and other objects.

  • Problem-Solving Skills: Not every job is the same, and carpenters need to be able to adjust plans to compensate for any environmental issues that come up.

  • Stamina: Carpenters spend long days on their feet, often outside in all types of weather.

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Primary responsibilities

  • Prepare the layout of the project.

  • Estimate height, width, length, and other proportions.

  • Select materials.

  • Work with blueprints or instructions from supervisors.

  • Work with materials such as wood, plastic, fiberglass, or drywall.

  • Utilize chisels, planes, saws, drills, and sanders to repair and erect structures.

  • Join materials with nails, screws, staples, or adhesives.

  • Work on top of stilts, ladders, and the top beams of buildings.

  • Check work along the way to ensure it's up to code and specifications.

  • Use levels, rules, plumb bobs, framing squares, and surveying equipment to ensure everything is level and secure.

  • Work with prefabricated buildings.

  • Build stairs, mantles, and furniture.

  • Install cabinets and molding.

  • Remodel homes and businesses.

  • Create structures for pouring concrete.

  • Erect scaffolding.

  • Build tunnel bracing.

  • Build concrete forms for tunnel or sewer construction project.

  • Replace panes of glass, ceiling tiles, and doors.

  • Repair or build furniture.

  • Install partitions, doors, and windows.

  • Move and install machinery.

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