A Day-In-the-Life of a Carpenter
Posted Friday, Jul 24, 2009 by
A day in the life of a carpenter has its own set of rewards. Sure, the work can be a challenge and the days long, but there’s nothing like the feeling of knowing what you’re building will be a lasting monument to your skills and professional talents.
No one will argue either the joy of experiencing the ambient smell of freshly cut wood and working with its amazing tactile qualities. However, once you’ve made it past the soul satisfying and aesthetic properties of the trade, it can be hard and dirty work.
Most will agree that carpentry is an occupation that can reward an individual who has the ability to combine manual labor with work that can often be very precise in nature. Most carpenters construct two categories of items: those which are used in the maintenance and erection of aesthetic structures, and those used as art, furniture or framing. A similar carpenter skill set is needed for either category.
Carpenters must have the ability to take a blueprint or plan and turn it into a finished product. This requires the ability to pick good wood and maintain a high skill set working with all woodworking tools of the trade.
You’ll need to develop the following skills in these areas too:
• Basic Construction Core
• Intro to Carpentry, Tools and Building Materials
• Reading Plans and Site Layout
• Framing Floors and Walls
• Framing Roofs and Roof Coverings
• Windows and Doors and Exterior Finishes
• Stairs, Interior Walls and Ceilings
• Cabinets and Countertops
• Flooring and Interior Finishes
The great thing about building is that carpenters can do a great job that will last for years. It’s an extraordinary feeling to walk past a home or building and say to one’s self, “Wow, I built those walls and floors.”
What it Takes to be Successful on the Job
Most carpenters are able to learn their trade on-the-job and through apprenticeships and other organizations such as the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America and the National Association of Home Builders. You need to be at least seventeen years old and show you have the capacity to learn.
Requirements also include the ability to work for longer periods of time, manual dexterity, physical labor and the ability to follow directions.
When and where you’ll work as a carpenter is tied in to local construction markets. The education and training you’ll gain is invaluable, but the predictability of the amount of available work is something you should take a close look at before entering the profession.
Still interested? Why not get your training at Everest where you can learn from instructors who can show you the ropes and help you lay out a path to success.
Contact us today and get started on a new career.