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Rough Carpenters

Also called: Apprentice Carpenter, Carpenter, Form Carpenter, Journeyman Carpenter

What they do:
Build rough wooden structures, such as concrete forms, scaffolds, tunnel, bridge, or sewer supports, billboard signs, and temporary frame shelters, according to sketches, blueprints, or oral instructions.
On the job, you would:
  • Measure materials or distances, using square, measuring tape, or rule to lay out work.
  • Study blueprints and diagrams to determine dimensions of structure or form to be constructed.
  • Cut or saw boards, timbers, or plywood to required size, using handsaw, power saw, or woodworking machine.


Engineering and Technology
  • building and construction
  • design
Math and Science
  • arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics
  • management
Arts and Humanities
  • English language


Basic Skills
  • listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions
  • keeping track of how well people and/or groups are doing in order to make improvements
Problem Solving
  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it


Hand and Finger Use
  • hold or move items with your hands
  • keep your arm or hand steady
  • listen and understand what people say
  • communicate by speaking
Ideas and Logic
  • notice when problems happen
  • make general rules or come up with answers from lots of detailed information
  • imagine how something will look after it is moved around or changed


People interested in this work like activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions.
They do well at jobs that need:
  • Attention to Detail
  • Cooperation
  • Dependability
  • Initiative
  • Leadership
  • Self Control


You might use software like this on the job:

Spreadsheet software
  • Microsoft Excel
Office suite software
  • Microsoft Office software
Operating system software
  • Microsoft Windows


Education: (rated 2 of 5)
high school diploma/GED or
certificate after high school
usually needed

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