Carpenters build, install, and repair structures made of wood
Do you like making something out of nothing? Can you always spot the potential in a piece of lumber or cast aside piece of wood? Put your natural skills to work as a carpenter!
Why Should You Consider This Career?

Build amazing structures from the ground up, Learn a vital trade as old as time, Put your creative energy and attention to detail to use!

That's $3,300 per bi-weekly paycheck
That's 2000 new jobs in Utah per year (30% growth)
Less Physical                                         More Physical
Less Training                                          More Training
More Structure                                     Less Structure
Assembler, Bridge Carpenter, Bridge Repair Crew Person, Cabinet Maker, Carpenter, Concrete Carpenter, Construction Worker, Form Carpenter, Framer, Rough Carpenter
At A Glance in US
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398,000 (35%)
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398,000 (35%)
398,000 (35%)
Assembler, Bridge Carpenter, Bridge Repair Crew Person, Cabinet Maker, Carpenter, Concrete Carpenter, Construction Worker, Form Carpenter, Framer, Rough Carpenter
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Your Typical Day:

  • Follow established safety rules and regulations and maintain a safe and clean environment.
  • Study specifications in blueprints, sketches, or building plans to prepare project layout and determine dimensions and materials required.
  • Measure and mark cutting lines on materials, using a ruler, pencil, chalk, and marking gauge.
  • Shape or cut materials to specified measurements, using hand tools, machines, or power saws.
  • Install structures or fixtures, such as windows, frames, floorings, trim, or hardware, using carpenters' hand or power tools.
  • Verify trueness of structure, using plumb bob and level.
  • Select and order lumber or other required materials.
  • Arrange for subcontractors to deal with special areas, such as heating or electrical wiring work.
  • Maintain records, document actions, and present written progress reports.
  • Build or repair cabinets, doors, frameworks, floors, or other wooden fixtures used in buildings, using woodworking machines, carpenter's hand tools, or power tools.
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Your Responsibilities

  • Clean work sites.
  • Review blueprints or specifications to determine work requirements.
  • Mark reference points on construction materials.
  • Measure materials or objects for installation or assembly.
  • Cut wood components for installation.
  • Install wooden structural components.
  • Install building fixtures.
  • Install doors or windows.
  • Verify alignment of structures or equipment.
  • Order construction or extraction materials or equipment.
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Knowledge You Will Learn

  • Building and Construction

Knowledge of materials, methods, and the tools involved in the construction or repair of houses, buildings, or other structures such as highways and roads. 87/100

  • Mathematics

Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications. 75/100

  • Design

Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models. 67/100

  • Mechanical

Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance. 66/100

  • English Language

Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar. 65/100

  • Administration and Management

Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources. 60/100

  • Education and Training

Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects. 54/100

  • Public Safety and Security

Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions. 54/100

  • Customer and Personal Service

Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction. 51/100

  • Production and Processing

Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods. 47/100

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Tools of the Trade

  • Levels
  • Power saws
  • Ladders
  • Screwdrivers
  • Tape measures
  • Guide jig
  • Jacks
  • Squares
  • Planes
  • Power routers
  • Biscuit jointers
  • Scaffolding
  • Sawing machines
  • Forklifts
  • Wood chisels
  • Alignment jig
  • Power sanders
  • Level sensors or transmitters
  • Triangles
  • Bandsaw wheel
  • Staple guns
  • Power staple guns
  • Saw guide
  • Drilling machines
  • Pry bars
  • Hammers
  • Scaffolding stabilizers
  • Saw blades
  • Pullers
  • Hammer drills
  • Power drills
  • Compasses
  • Impact wrenches
  • Personal digital assistant PDAs or organizers
  • Gas generators
  • Safety boots
  • Power grinders
  • Plumb bobs
  • Metal markers or holders
  • Feeder jig
  • Laser measuring systems
  • Sledge hammer
  • Conventional truck cranes
  • Safety harnesses or belts
  • Pneumatic nail drivers
  • Power planes
  • Power nail guns
  • Pocket calculator
  • Wood auger bit
  • Saws
  • Drum sander
  • Cheesegrater file
  • Bevels
  • Tinners snips
  • Belt sander
  • Air compressors
  • Hard hats
  • Calipers
  • Respirators
  • Utility knives
  • Notebook computers
  • Theodolites
  • Moisture meters
  • Rulers
  • Protractors
  • Caulking guns
  • Needlenose pliers
  • Personal computers
  • Templates
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