Carpenter

NOC 7271

Description

Carpenters construct, erect, install, maintain and repair structures and components of structures made of wood, wood substitutes, lightweight steel and other materials. They are employed by construction companies, carpentry contractors, and maintenance departments of factories, plants and other establishments, or they may be self-employed.

Duties

  • Read and interpret blueprints, drawings and sketches to determine specifications and calculate requirements
  • Prepare layouts in conformance to building codes, using measuring tools
  • Measure, cut, shape, assemble and join materials made of wood, wood substitutes, lightweight steel and other materials
  • Build foundations, install floor beams, lay subflooring and erect walls and roof systems
  • Fit and install trim items, such as doors, stairs, moulding and hardware
  • Maintain, repair and renovate residences and wooden structures in mills, mines, hospitals, industrial plants and other establishments
  • Supervise apprentices and other construction workers
  • May prepare cost estimates for clients.

Other Titles

  • Metal Framer
  • Apprentice Carpenter
  • Carpenter
  • Stair Builder
  • Finish Carpenter
  • Renovation Carpenter
  • Rough Carpenter

(Government of Canada National Occupation Classification)

Skills

  • Coordination
  • Building and Construction
  • Mathematics
  • Mechanical
  • Attention to Detail
  • Design
  • Critical Thinking

Education/Training Requirements

Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD)

  • Completion of secondary school is usually required

 

Post-secondary diploma/degree

  • Completion of a three-to-four-year apprenticeship program or a combination of over four years of work experience in the trade and some high school, college or industry courses in carpentry is usually required to be eligible for trade certification.

Certification

  • Trade certification for carpenters is compulsory in Quebec and available, but voluntary, in all other provinces and the territories.
  • Trade certification for farmers is available, but voluntary, in Saskatchewan
  • Red Seal endorsement is also available to qualified carpenters upon successful completion of the interprovincial Red Seal examination.

Potential Earnings in Durham Region

The average and median wages and salaries for individuals employed as carpenters are as follows. Place of Residence (POR) is defined as individuals who reside within the Durham Region. Place of Work (POW) is defined as individuals who are employed within the Durham Region.

Median Wages and Salaries (POR) Average Wages and Salaries (POR) Median Wages and Salaries (POW) Average Wages and Salaries (POW)
$41,222 $39,808 $44,539 $44,133

 

Employment Prospects

Industry (NAICS) Jobs in Durham Region (POW) Durham Region Residents Employed (POR)
2361 Residential Building Construction 230 190

(Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development 2016 data in Durham Workforce Authority’s 2017 Sector Report)

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