What does a Carpenter (general) (403A) do?

General Carpenters work mainly with wood, wood substitutes, and materials like drywall, plaster, steel, copper, and tiles. They may construct, install, maintain, or repair structures and be responsible for framing and forming or finishing cabinets, doors, stairs, and other major wooden structures.

Job Related Skills, Interests and Values

  • Reading and interpreting blueprints and drawings
  • Planning the most effective way to complete a project
  • Using knowledge of the qualities of wood (grain, density, flexibility) to select the best material for the job
  • Laying out, measuring, cutting, assembling, and joining materials as per project specifications
  • Using a variety of hand and power tools safely and effectively
  • Working well independently or in a team to communicate and brings projects to fruition

What Preparation and Training Do You Need?

  • Grade 10 is the legal minimum, but grade 12 is usually required by employers/unions
  • Completion of 3,844-7,200 hours of apprenticeship, including on-the-job and in-school training
  • Completion of written examination to obtain Certificate of Qualification

What's Your Future as a Carpenter (general) (403A)?

  • May be employees of firms/developers or self-employed
  • Computer literacy important to work with computer-based drawing, estimating, and cost reporting systems
  • Often hired by interior construction companies, residential and commercial developers, building construction firms

Wage Rate

Apprentice wage increases with skill and experience. Fully qualified workers earn an average of $25.00 per hour.


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