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Construction Carpenters

Construct, erect, install, and repair structures and fixtures of wood, plywood, and wallboard, using carpenter's hand tools and power tools.   (O'Net 47-2031.01)

Reported job titles:   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, Boat Finisher, Boat Joiner, Boat Repairer, Boatwright, Bowling Alley Floors Installer, Brick Siding Applicator, Building Carpenter, Cabinet Installer, Cabinet Maker, Cabinetmaker, Canoe Builder, Car Framer, Carpenter Apprentice, Carpenter Assembler, Carpenter Foreman, Carpenter Repairer, Carpentry Foreman, Carpentry Specialist, Casket Assembler, Ceiler, Composition Siding Worker, Composition Weatherboard Applier, Concrete Carpenter, Construction Framer, Construction Superintendent, Construction Worker, Cooper, Counter Installer, Crater, Custom Applicator, Custom Framing Specialist, Door Hanger, Door Installer, Doormaker, Floor Coverer Apprentice, Flume Worker, Foreman, Framer, Framing Carpenter, Framing Specialist, Garage Door Hanger, Garage Door Installer, Hardwood Floor Installer, Hardwood Floor Layer, Hardwood Flooring Specialist, Hogshead Cooper, House Carpenter, House Repairer, Inside Finisher, Interior Paneler, Interior Systems Carpenter, Joiner Apprentice, Jointer, Laboratory Equipment Installer, Lather, Lather Apprentice, Lay-Out Worker, Maintenance Carpenter, Mast Maker, Metal Tile Lather, Metal Weather Stripper, Miniature Set Builder, Model Set Artist, Mold Carpenter, Mold Maker, Molder, Molding and Trim Installer, Motion Picture Scene Builder, Overhead Garage Door Hanger, Panel Installer, Picture Framer, Pole Frame Construction Worker, Prefabricated Houses Trimmer, Production Worker, Prop Maker, Prototype Carpenter, Railcar Carpenter, Refinisher, Residential Builder, Residential Carpenter, Residential Finish Carpenter, Residential Framing Carpenter, Roof Assembler, Sash Installer, Sheather, Shingler, Ship Carpenter, Ship Ceiler, Ship Fitter, Ship Joiner, Shipwright, Shipwright Apprentice, Sider, Sider Mechanic, Siding Applicator, Siding Installer, Siding Mechanic, Sign Carpenter, Sparmaker, Stage Rigger, Stair Builder, Storm Window Installer, Stull Installer, Subassembly Assembler, Tank Builder and Erector, Tank Carpenter, Tank Erector, Trimmer, Weather Strip Installer, Weather Strip Mechanic, Weather Stripper, Window Assembler, Window Installer, Window Repairer, Window Sash Installer, Windows and Doors Installer, Wood Boatbuilder, Wood Boatbuilder Apprentice, Wood Car Builder, Wood Floor Layer, Wood Tank Builder, Wood Tank Erector, Wooden Tank Erector, Woodworker
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    for Carpenters which includes:
                          - Construction Carpenters
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     Location Pay
    Percentile Wages Average
    10% 25% 50%
    75% 90%
     Vermont Hourly $ 13.71   $ 16.67   $ 20.22   $ 24.57   $ 28.99   $ 20.77  
    Yearly n/a   n/a   n/a   n/a   n/a   n/a  
     Burlington-South Burlington, VT Metropolitan NECTA Hourly $ 16.01   $ 18.14   $ 22.13   $ 26.28   $ 29.35   $ 22.23  
    Yearly n/a   n/a   n/a   n/a   n/a   n/a  
     Southern Vermont Balance of State Hourly $ 12.73   $ 15.97   $ 19.12   $ 23.65   $ 28.40   $ 19.82  
    Yearly n/a   n/a   n/a   n/a   n/a   n/a  
     Northern Vermont Balance of State Hourly $ 13.42   $ 16.31   $ 19.89   $ 23.96   $ 29.08   $ 20.67  
    Yearly n/a   n/a   n/a   n/a   n/a   n/a  
    What are Percentile Wages?
    source: Occupational Employment Statistics, Vermont Labor Market Information, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, released April 2018.
    n/a - For some occupations that do not generally work full time year-round, only hourly wages or annual salaries are reported depending on how they are typically paid.

    Employment Trends
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    Location Employment Annual % change
    Annual job openings
    (due to change and
    2016 2026
    Vermont 6,970 7,038 0.1% 637
    source: Employment Projections, Vermont Economic & Labor Market Information, in cooperation with U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, statewide estimates released July 2018.

    Industries of Employment
    for Carpenters which includes:
                                - Construction Carpenters
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    Industry Percent of Total
    Self-employed workers, all industries 33.2%
    Construction of buildings 32.1%
    Specialty trade contractors 21.9%
    Heavy and civil engineering construction 2.7%
    Administrative and support services 1.7%
    source: Employment Projections, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, National Employment Matrix, released July 2018.

    for Construction Carpenters
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  • Study specifications in blueprints, sketches, or building plans to prepare project layout and determine dimensions and materials required.
  • Shape or cut materials to specified measurements, using hand tools, machines, or power saws.
  • Follow established safety rules and regulations and maintain a safe and clean environment.
  • Measure and mark cutting lines on materials, using a ruler, pencil, chalk, and marking gauge.
  • Install structures or fixtures, such as windows, frames, floorings, trim, or hardware, using carpenters' hand or power tools.
  • Verify trueness of structure, using plumb bob and level.
  • Build or repair cabinets, doors, frameworks, floors, or other wooden fixtures used in buildings, using woodworking machines, carpenter's hand tools, or power tools.
  • Assemble and fasten materials to make frameworks or props, using hand tools and wood screws, nails, dowel pins, or glue.
  • Remove damaged or defective parts or sections of structures and repair or replace, using hand tools.
  • Inspect ceiling or floor tile, wall coverings, siding, glass, or woodwork to detect broken or damaged structures.
    source: Occupational Information Network: Construction Carpenters  updated June 2009

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  • 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.
  • Administration and Management - Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
  • Customer and Personal Service - Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
  • Design - Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.
  • Education and Training - Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
  • Engineering and Technology - Knowledge of the practical application of engineering science and technology. This includes applying principles, techniques, procedures, and equipment to the design and production of various goods and services.
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Production and Processing - Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.
    source: Occupational Information Network: Construction Carpenters  updated June 2009

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  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Equipment Selection - Determining the kind of tools and equipment needed to do a job.
  • Operation Monitoring - Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
    source: Occupational Information Network: Construction Carpenters  updated June 2010

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  • Manual Dexterity - The ability to quickly move your hand, your hand together with your arm, or your two hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects.
  • Multilimb Coordination - The ability to coordinate two or more limbs (for example, two arms, two legs, or one leg and one arm) while sitting, standing, or lying down. It does not involve performing the activities while the whole body is in motion.
  • Problem Sensitivity - The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
  • Static Strength - The ability to exert maximum muscle force to lift, push, pull, or carry objects.
  • Trunk Strength - The ability to use your abdominal and lower back muscles to support part of the body repeatedly or continuously over time without 'giving out' or fatiguing.
  • Finger Dexterity - The ability to make precisely coordinated movements of the fingers of one or both hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble very small objects.
  • Near Vision - The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
  • Arm-Hand Steadiness - The ability to keep your hand and arm steady while moving your arm or while holding your arm and hand in one position.
  • Deductive Reasoning - The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
  • Information Ordering - The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
    source: Occupational Information Network: Construction Carpenters  updated June 2009

    Work Activities
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  • Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material - Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials to identify the cause of errors or other problems or defects.
  • Performing General Physical Activities - Performing physical activities that require considerable use of your arms and legs and moving your whole body, such as climbing, lifting, balancing, walking, stooping, and handling of materials.
  • Getting Information - Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.
  • Handling and Moving Objects - Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, and moving materials, and manipulating things.
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates - Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems - Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.
  • Controlling Machines and Processes - Using either control mechanisms or direct physical activity to operate machines or processes (not including computers or vehicles).
  • Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events - Identifying information by categorizing, estimating, recognizing differences or similarities, and detecting changes in circumstances or events.
  • Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work - Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work.
  • Estimating the Quantifiable Characteristics of Products, Events, or Information - Estimating sizes, distances, and quantities; or determining time, costs, resources, or materials needed to perform a work activity.
    source: Occupational Information Network: Construction Carpenters  updated June 2009

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  • Realistic - Realistic occupations frequently involve work activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They often deal with plants, animals, and real-world materials like wood, tools, and machinery. Many of the occupations require working outside, and do not involve a lot of paperwork or working closely with others.
  • Conventional - Conventional occupations frequently involve following set procedures and routines. These occupations can include working with data and details more than with ideas. Usually there is a clear line of authority to follow.
    source: Occupational Information Network: Construction Carpenters  updated June 2008

    Work Styles
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  • Attention to Detail - Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks.
  • Dependability - Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations.
  • Initiative - Job requires a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges.
  • Cooperation - Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude.
  • Integrity - Job requires being honest and ethical.
  • Independence - Job requires developing one's own ways of doing things, guiding oneself with little or no supervision, and depending on oneself to get things done.
  • Leadership - Job requires a willingness to lead, take charge, and offer opinions and direction.
  • Analytical Thinking - Job requires analyzing information and using logic to address work-related issues and problems.
  • Concern for Others - Job requires being sensitive to others' needs and feelings and being understanding and helpful on the job.
  • Innovation - Job requires creativity and alternative thinking to develop new ideas for and answers to work-related problems.
    source: Occupational Information Network: Construction Carpenters  updated June 2009

    State of Vermont License Information
    that may be required for Construction Carpenters
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    No state licenses listed for this occupation.

    Education and Training Requirements
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  • Job Zone Two: Some Preparation Needed
  • Education: These occupations usually require a high school diploma.
  • Training: Employees in these occupations need anywhere from a few months to one year of working with experienced employees. A recognized apprenticeship program may be associated with these occupations.
  • Experience: Some previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is usually needed. For example, a teller would benefit from experience working directly with the public.
    source: Occupational Information Network: Construction Carpenters  updated June 2009

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    • Carpentry/Carpenter.
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    source: National Center for Education Statistics 2000 Classification of Instructional Programs .

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    source: Occupational Information Network: Construction Carpenters 

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