Construction Carpenters

Architecture & Construction > Construction

Projected Growth: Faster than average

Projected Job Openings

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Job Description

Your job is to Construct, erect, install, and repair structures and fixtures of wood, plywood, and wallboard, using carpenter’s hand tools and power tools.

Common job titles of Construction Carpenters include:

Experience and Education

Some previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is usually needed. For example, a teller would benefit from experience working directly with the public.

  • 54.47% said they needed a High School Diploma.

  • 17.96% said they needed a Less than a High School Diploma.


    Follow established safety rules and regulations and maintain a safe and clean environment.

    Assemble and fasten materials to make frameworks or props, using hand tools and wood screws, nails, dowel pins, or glue.

    Maintain records, document actions, and present written progress reports.

    Verify trueness of structure, using plumb bob and level.

    Measure and mark cutting lines on materials, using a ruler, pencil, chalk, and marking gauge.

    Install structures or fixtures, such as windows, frames, floorings, trim, or hardware, using carpenters' hand or power tools.

    Study specifications in blueprints, sketches, or building plans to prepare project layout and determine dimensions and materials required.

    Shape or cut materials to specified measurements, using hand tools, machines, or power saws.

    Select and order lumber or other required materials.

    Arrange for subcontractors to deal with special areas, such as heating or electrical wiring work.

    Build or repair cabinets, doors, frameworks, floors, or other wooden fixtures used in buildings, using woodworking machines, carpenter's hand tools, or power tools.

    Fill cracks or other defects in plaster or plasterboard and sand patch, using patching plaster, trowel, and sanding tool.

    Inspect ceiling or floor tile, wall coverings, siding, glass, or woodwork to detect broken or damaged structures.

    Prepare cost estimates for clients or employers.

    Finish surfaces of woodwork or wallboard in houses or buildings, using paint, hand tools, or paneling.

    Remove damaged or defective parts or sections of structures and repair or replace, using hand tools.

    Erect scaffolding or ladders for assembling structures above ground level.

    Apply shock-absorbing, sound-deadening, or decorative paneling to ceilings or walls.

    Perform minor plumbing, welding, or concrete mixing work.

    Cover subfloors with building paper to keep out moisture and lay hardwood, parquet, or wood-strip-block floors by nailing floors to subfloor or cementing them to mastic or asphalt base.

    Construct forms or chutes for pouring concrete.

    Work with or remove hazardous material.


Worm-drive saws

Work boots

Wood files

Wood chisels

Water levels

Wall-lifting jacks

Visible beam laser levels

All Tools

Utility knives

Truck cranes

Trim routers

Transit levels

Torpedo levels



Table saws

Straight screwdrivers

Story pole tape measures


Spirit levels


Sliding t-bevels



Self-stopping levels

Screw jacks

Saw guides


Rough terrain forklifts

Rotary hammers

Right triangles


Reciprocating saws

Random orbital sanders

Radial arm saws

Rabbet planes

Push sticks

Pump jacks

Pry bars


Power staple guns

Power saws

Power sanders

Power routers

Power generators

Power drills

Portable routers

Pneumatic nail guns

Plunge routers

Plumb lines

Plumb bobs


Phillips head screwdrivers


Personal digital assistants PDA

Personal computers

Pencil compasses

Notebook computers

Non-conducting ladders

Needlenose pliers

Multi-tip screwdrivers

Mortise jigs


Moisture meters

Miter saws

Mini pry bars

Measuring tapes

Marking gauges

Magnetized levels

Lock levels

Level jigs

Layout bars

Laser measuring tools

Laser levels


Ladder levelers

Ladder jacks


Infrared laser levels

Impact wrenches

Hard hats

Handheld rotary tools

Handheld calculators

Hand saws


Hammer staplers

Framing squares

Framing hammers

Fold-up ladders

Fall arrest systems

Extension ladders

Electric planers

Electric impact wrenches

Drum sanders

Drill presses

Draw chisels

Disc grinders

Digital levels

Dado blades

Cross-curve tape measures

Cordless drills

Compound miter saws

Combination squares

Circular saws

Chain saw jigs

Caulking guns

Cat’s paws

Carpenters’ levels


Calibrating electronic levels

Bullseye levels

Bubble levels

Brad tackers

Biscuit joiners

Belt sanders

Beam-lifting jacks

Beam saws


Band saws

Baluster jigs

Auger bits

Air compressors

A-frame levels


Drawing and drafting software

Bosch Punch List

Craftsman CD Estimator

Estimating software

Intuit Quicken

Job costing software

Renaissance MasterCarpenter

All Technologies


Web page creation and editing software

Wilhelm Publishing Threshold


Active Listening

Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.


Talking to others to convey information effectively.


Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.

Reading Comprehension

Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

Critical Thinking

Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

Active Learning

Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.


Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.

Complex Problem Solving

Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.

Judgment and Decision Making

Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.

Time Management

Managing one's own time and the time of others.


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