Carpenters singlehandedly form the largest group of skilled workers in Canada. They bring the vision of structures to life – they build, install, preserve and repair.
Carpenter Core Task and Skills Required
Carpenters are employed by construction companies, carpentry contractors, or maintenance departments in various different business. Some may opt to be self-employed. Generally, they work a regular 40-hour work week, although some peak seasons will require them to work additional hours, particularly summer months. Carpenters may either work indoors, although most work outdoors constructing buildings.
- Install floor beams that support structures, construct building foundations, install sub-flooring, walls and roofing.
- Interpret blueprints or drawings and flesh out outlines in order to bring the blueprint to life.
- Operate woodworking machines and utilize tools to shape, cut and form wood. Repair and renovate wooden structures.
- Prepare cost estimates for clients.
In Canada, entry-level Carpenters earn between $35,100 to $51,675 per year. Experienced Carpenters can earn upwards of $70,200 per year.
Carpenters can enter the field through an apprenticeship program that combines both in-class and on-the-job training under the supervision of a certified Carpenter (known formally as a journeyperson.). This training encompasses approximately 5,400 hours of on-the-job training. Pursuing training under a technical institution or college can reduce the time required in order to complete your apprenticeship. While certification isn’t officially required in many Canadian provinces (with the exception of Quebec, where it is mandatory), it is recommended. Completing your certification will require you to complete a four-year apprenticeship program. Upon completion, you will be awarded a journeyperson certificate. The added benefit of completing your certification is that this will make you a more attractive candidate to prospective employers.
Useful Information About Being a Carpenter
It is imperative that Carpenters are proficient in numeracy and possess excellent problem-solving skills.|Carpenters must know how to operate a plethora of different tools in a safe manner.|A keen understanding of safety measures is critical.