Construction Carpenters

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About the Job

Construct, erect, install, and repair structures and fixtures of wood, plywood, and wallboard, using carpenter's hand tools and power tools.

It is also Called

  • Aluminum Siding Applicator
  • Aluminum Siding Installer
  • Aluminum Siding Mechanic
  • Asbestos Siding Mechanic
  • Assembled Wood Products Repairer
  • Assembler
  • Beam Builder
  • Boat Builder
  • Boat Carpenter
  • Boat Carpenter Mechanic

What They Do

  • Perform minor plumbing, welding, or concrete mixing work.
  • Work with or remove hazardous material.
  • Prepare cost estimates for clients or employers.
  • Apply shock-absorbing, sound-deadening, or decorative paneling to ceilings or walls.
  • 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.
  • Arrange for subcontractors to deal with special areas, such as heating or electrical wiring work.
  • Construct forms or chutes for pouring concrete.
  • Maintain records, document actions, and present written progress reports.
  • Select and order lumber or other required materials.
  • Fill cracks or other defects in plaster or plasterboard and sand patch, using patching plaster, trowel, and sanding tool.

Interests

People who work in this occupation generally have the interest code: RCI.

This means people who work in this occupation generally have Realistic interests, but also prefer Conventional and Investigative environments.

Work Values

People who work in this occupation generally prize Support, but also value Achievement and Independence in their jobs.

Things They Need to Know

  • 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.
  • Mathematics - Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
  • Mechanical - Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
  • Production and Processing - Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.
  • Design - Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.

Things They Need to Be Able to Do

  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Operation Monitoring - Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
  • Equipment Selection - Determining the kind of tools and equipment needed to do a job.
  • 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.
  • Mathematics - Using mathematics to solve problems.
  • Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
  • Coordination - Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.

Education Required

These occupations usually require a high school diploma.

LMI Region

Wages

In 2013, the average annual wage in Washington was $49,410 with most people making between $30,270 and $72,870

Outlook

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avg. annual growth

During 2008, this occupation employed approximately 52,670 people in Washington. It is projected that there will be 47,990 employed in 2018.

This occupation will have about 0 openings due to growth and about 770 replacement openings for approximately 770 total annual openings.