Helpers--Carpenters

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About the Job

Help carpenters by performing duties requiring less skill. Duties include using, supplying or holding materials or tools, and cleaning work area and equipment.

It is also Called

  • Timber Framer Helper
  • Shipwright Helper
  • Joiner Helper
  • House Carpenter Helper
  • Hardwood Floor Installation Helper
  • Hanger
  • Hammerer Helper
  • Framing and Hanging
  • Form Setter/Driver
  • Form Setter

What They Do

  • Cover surfaces with laminated plastic covering material.
  • Cut tile or linoleum to fit and spread adhesives on flooring for installation.
  • Cut and install insulating or sound-absorbing material.
  • Secure stakes to grids for constructions of footings, nail scabs to footing forms, and vibrate and float concrete.
  • Smooth or sand surfaces to remove ridges, tool marks, glue, or caulking.
  • Glue and clamp edges or joints of assembled parts.
  • Install handrails under the direction of a carpenter.
  • Construct forms and assist in raising them to the required elevation.
  • Erect scaffolding, shoring, or braces.
  • Hold plumb bobs, sighting rods, or other equipment to aid in establishing reference points and lines.

Interests

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

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

Work Values

People who work in this occupation generally prize Relationships, but also value Support 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.
  • Mechanical - Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
  • Mathematics - Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
  • Transportation - Knowledge of principles and methods for moving people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road, including the relative costs and benefits.
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

Things They Need to Be Able to Do

  • Social Perceptiveness - Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
  • Coordination - Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
  • Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
  • 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.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Complex Problem Solving - Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

Education Required

These occupations usually require a high school diploma.

LMI Region

Wages

In 2013, the average annual wage in California was $31,500 with most people making between $19,540 and $44,120

Outlook

5.16%
avg. annual growth

During 2010, this occupation employed approximately 3,100 people in California. It is projected that there will be 4,700 employed in 2020.

This occupation will have about 160 openings due to growth and about 80 replacement openings for approximately 240 total annual openings.