What does a Lead Carpenter/Carpenter 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.

What responsibilities are common for Lead Carpenter/Carpenter jobs?
  • 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
What are the typical qualifications for Lead Carpenter/Carpenter jobs?
  • 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
EducationGED / High School Degree
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Avg. Experience2-4 years

How much does a Lead Carpenter/Carpenter make?

$70,259 /yr
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Lead Carpenter/Carpenter Career Path

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Feb 14, 2022

“Good nice people and ethnic”

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Custom Framer
Apr 3, 2022

“It was fun and creative work.”

Grant Larson ProductionsGrant Larson Productions
Mar 21, 2022

“She took me in when I knew nothing and gave me the opportunity to learn and grow with them.”

Green Rhino BuildersGreen Rhino Builders
Mar 5, 2021

“Good contractor extremely good at what they do”

Apr 25, 2022

“Good work life balance was great”

City of New YorkCity of New York
Mar 16, 2020

“Good pay is good to work”

IBEW Local 150IBEW Local 150
Mar 2, 2022

“Good good good good good”

Next Stage Design
Feb 25, 2022

“Great people and projects yay”

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The most similar professions to Lead Carpenter/Carpenter are:
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  • Construction Manager
  • Construction Estimator
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The most common qualifications to become a Lead Carpenter/Carpenter include a minimum of a Associate's Degree and an average of 0 - 1 years of experience not including years spent in education and/or training.

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