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Construction Carpenters

Also called: Carpenter, Lead Carpenter, Assembler, Finish Carpenter

Where in the Marine Corps? In the Marine Corps: Basic Engineer, Construction, and Equipment Marine; Builder; Carpentry and Masonry Specialist; Combat Engineer; Hull Maintenance Technician

What they do:
Construct, erect, install, and repair structures and fixtures of wood, plywood, and wallboard, using carpenter's hand tools and power tools.
On the job, you would:
  • 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.

Knowledge

Engineering and Technology
  • building and construction
  • mechanical
Math and Science
  • arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics
Manufactured or Agricultural Goods
  • manufacture and distribution of products
Business
  • management

Skills

Basic Skills
  • thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem
Problem Solving
  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it

Abilities

Hand and Finger Use
  • hold or move items with your hands
  • put together small parts with your fingers
Endurance
  • exercise for a long time without getting out of breath
Physical Strength
  • lift, push, pull, or carry
  • use your lower back and stomach
Spatial
  • imagine how something will look after it is moved around or changed

Personality

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
  • Dependability
  • Initiative
  • Cooperation
  • Integrity
  • Independence

Technology

You might use software like this on the job:

Project management software
  • Bosch Punch List
  • Craftsman CD Estimator
Accounting software
  • Intuit QuickBooks software
  • Intuit Quicken software
Word processing software
  • Microsoft Word
  • Wilhelm Publishing Threshold

Education

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

Get started on your career:

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Job Outlook

Bright Outlook
New job opportunities are very likely in the future.
Salary
$40,500
per year, on average
Green
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