Rough Carpenters

Architecture & Construction > Construction

Projected Growth: Faster than average

Projected Job Openings

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Job Description

Your job is to Build rough wooden structures, such as concrete forms, scaffolds, tunnel, bridge, or sewer supports, billboard signs, and temporary frame shelters, according to sketches, blueprints, or oral instructions.

Common job titles of Rough 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.

  • 39.44% said they needed a High School Diploma.

  • 28.22% said they needed a Post-Secondary Certificate.


    Measure materials or distances, using square, measuring tape, or rule to lay out work.

    Cut or saw boards, timbers, or plywood to required size, using handsaw, power saw, or woodworking machine.

    Mark cutting lines on materials, using pencil and scriber.

    Study blueprints and diagrams to determine dimensions of structure or form to be constructed.

    Assemble and fasten material together to construct wood or metal framework of structure, using bolts, nails, or screws.

    Examine structural timbers and supports to detect decay, and replace timbers as required, using hand tools, nuts, and bolts.

    Anchor and brace forms and other structures in place, using nails, bolts, anchor rods, steel cables, planks, wedges, and timbers.

    Erect forms, framework, scaffolds, hoists, roof supports, or chutes, using hand tools, plumb rule, and level.

    Maintain job records and schedule work crew.

    Fabricate parts, using woodworking and metalworking machines.

    Bore boltholes in timber, masonry or concrete walls, using power drill.

    Install rough door and window frames, subflooring, fixtures, or temporary supports in structures undergoing construction or repair.

    Build chutes for pouring concrete.

    Dig or direct digging of post holes and set poles to support structures.

    Build sleds from logs and timbers for use in hauling camp buildings and machinery through wooded areas.


Worm-drive saws

Work boots

Water levels

Wall-lifting jacks

Visible beam laser levels

Utility knives

Truck cranes

All Tools

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

Radial arm saws

Push sticks

Pump jacks

Pry bars


Power staple guns

Power saws

Power sanders

Power routers

Power generators

Power drills

Portable routers

Pneumatic nail guns

Plumb lines

Plumb bobs

Phillips head screwdrivers


Personal digital assistants PDA

Personal computers

Notebook computers

Non-conducting ladders

Needlenose pliers

Nail guns

Multi-tip screwdrivers

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

Hand saws

Hand planers


Hammer staplers

Framing squares

Framing hammers

Fold-up ladders

Fall arrest systems

Extension ladders

Electric impact wrenches

Drill presses

Digital levels

Dado blades

Cross-curve tape measures

Combination squares

Circular saws

Chainsaw jigs

Caulking guns

Cat’s paws

Carpentry transits

Carpenters’ levels


Bullseye levels

Belt sanders

Beam-lifting jacks

Beam saws


Air compressors

A-frame levels


Drawing and drafting software

Bosch Punch List


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.

Reading Comprehension

Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.


Talking to others to convey information effectively.

Critical Thinking

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


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


Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.

Judgment and Decision Making

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

Operation Monitoring

Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.

Time Management

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


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