What does a Carpenter Assistant do?

Carpenters construct, install, and repair a variety of residential, commercial, and industrial structures and fixtures. In general, carpenters work with wood, steel, and concrete. Carpenters are also often involved with demolition and maintenance of these structures and fixtures. These jobs can vary from installing doors on an office building to building bridges.

Most carpenters learn the trade through an apprenticeship that lasts 3 to 4 years and focuses on the fundamentals like sawing, measuring, sketching, and reading blueprints. In addition to the technical training, there is a focus on safety training as well. Carpenters must have manual dexterity, an eye for detail, and the ability to solve problems quickly as they arise.

  • Install, maintain, and repair a variety of products, ranging from cabinets to insulation to tile to drywall
  • Perform work in accordance with safety best practices
  • Maintain tools and equipment in safe operating condition
  • Conduct building inspections and identify needed repairs
  • Document repairs and maintain thorough records
  • Cut, shape, and alter materials as needed
  • Build doors, cabinets, and windows
  • Measure and mark materials for alterations
  • High school diploma or general education degree (GED) required
  • Minimum of 3 years of general carpentry experience and completion of an apprenticeship, or an equivalent combination of education, training and experience
  • Must possess a valid driver's license
  • Forklift certification preferred
  • Asbestos awareness training preferred
  • Strong reading, writing, and speaking skills (in English)
  • Ability to read, interpret, and follow blueprints, technical diagrams, and schematics
  • Comfortable using ladders and scaffolding
  • Demonstrated ability to operate hand, air, and power tools
  • Able to lift and move up to 50 pounds regularly
Work/Life Balance
3.5 ★
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Career Opportunity
3.4 ★
Avg. Experience8+ years

How much does a Carpenter Assistant make?

$51,771 /yr
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Carpenter Assistant Career Path

Learn how to become a Carpenter Assistant, what skills and education you need to succeed, and what level of pay to expect at each step on your career path.

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Carpenter Assistant Insights

Read what Carpenter Assistant professionals have to say about their job experiences and view top companies for this career.
Dilawri Group of CompaniesDilawri Group of Companies
Assistant Pre-Owned Manager
Dec 19, 2019

“They make such a fun and friendly environment to work in you don't want to go work anywhere else.”

Green Rhino Builders
Mar 5, 2021

“Good contractor extremely good at what they do”

City of New YorkCity of New York
Mar 16, 2020

“Good pay is good to work”

Cruiser RV
Cabinet Maker
Jan 3, 2021

“Management is top notch and keeps everything rolling smooth”

Cascade Bridge
Bridge Carpenter/Laborer
May 27, 2021

“prevailing wage and good pay”

Taylor Bros. ConstructionTaylor Bros. Construction
Jul 28, 2021

“enjoyed going to work each day and had been treated well and you stayed busy and no problem getting paid each week”

Bryan Construction INcBryan Construction INc
Sep 18, 2020

“The pay is decent but not great.”

Cabinet Maker
Aug 14, 2020

“Long hours but good.”

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Frequently asked questions about the roles and responsibilities of an assistant carpenter

When working as an assistant carpenter, the most common skills you will need to perform your job and for career success are Sanding, Roofs, Strong WORK Ethic, Selecting, and Willingness to LEARN.

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