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Carpentry

CONSTRUCTION

Description

Carpenters build things like wood buildings, floor systems, roof framing, walls, ceiling, windows, and molding. Responsibility for following blueprints is expected as well.

Career Details

Skills

Students in are trained in the following subject areas:

  • Constructing, installing, and repairing structures and fixtures of wood, plywood, and wallboard
  • Measuring materials or distances to lay out work
  • Properly using hand and power tools to shape or cut materials to specified measurements
  • Building rough wooden structures such as concrete forms, scaffolds, and temporary frame shelters according to sketches, blueprints, or oral instructions
  • Following established safety rules and regulations and maintaining a safe and clean environment

Career Options

Career Options

Most Carpentry graduates go on to work as carpenters in the public or private sector. Carpentry is a physically demanding industry, and carpenters must always be focused and aware of their surroundings to ensure safety for themselves and those around them.

Requirements

Before entering the program, students must:

  • Complete the core curriculum with passing scores on all written and performance tests.
  • Have strong math and reading skills.
  • Have a high school diploma or equivalent.

Credentials

As a Job Corps student, you will have the opportunity to earn credentials in your training area that may lead to greater employment opportunities, higher wages, and promotions.

Expectations

While on the job, you will be expected to display the following traits at all times:

  • Attention to detail
  • Dependability
  • Integrity
  • Organizational skills
  • Physical strength
  • Problem-solving skills

Carpentry Numbers to Know

$42K

National average earning potential for this career

8-12

Months needed to complete career training

85

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