Carpenters


Also called : Assembler, Bridge Carpenter, Bridge Repair Crew Person, Cabinet Maker, Carpenter, Concrete Carpenter, Construction Worker, Form Carpenter, Framer, Rough Carpenter

What they do


Construct, erect, install, or repair structures and fixtures made of wood and comparable materials, such as concrete forms; building frameworks, including partitions, joists, studding, and rafters; and wood stairways, window and door frames, and hardwood floors. May also install cabinets, siding, drywall, and batt or roll insulation. Includes brattice builders who build doors or brattices (ventilation walls or partitions) in underground passageways.

On the job, one would


    KNOWLEDGE


    • 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.

    • Design
      Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.

    • Mechanical
      Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.

    SKILLS


    • Active Listening
      Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

    • Monitoring
      Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.

    • Speaking
      Talking to others to convey information effectively.

    • Coordination
      Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.

    • Critical Thinking
      Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions, or approaches to problems.

    ABILITIES


    • 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.

    • 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 that there is a problem.

    • 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.

    • Visualization
      The ability to imagine how something will look after it is moved around or when its parts are moved or rearranged.

    • Near Vision
      The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).

    PERSONALITY

    People interested in this work, will do well at jobs that need;

    • Attention to Detail
      Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks.

    • Cooperation
      Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude.

    • Dependability
      Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations.

    • Integrity
      Job requires being honest and ethical.

    • Self-Control
      Job requires maintaining composure, keeping emotions in check, controlling anger, and avoiding aggressive behavior, even in very difficult situations.

    • Leadership
      Job requires a willingness to lead, take charge, and offer opinions and direction.

    • 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.

    • Initiative
      Job requires a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges.

    • Adaptability/Flexibility
      Job requires being open to change (positive or negative) and to considerable variety in the workplace.

    • Stress Tolerance
      Job requires accepting criticism and dealing calmly and effectively with high-stress situations.

    TECHNOLOGY

    • Accounting software

    • Computer aided design CAD software

    • Information retrieval or search software

    • Internet browser software

    • Office suite software

    • Operating system software

    • Project management software

    • Spreadsheet software

    • Web page creation and editing software

    • Word processing software

    EDUCATION AND TRAINING

    • Preparation

      Some Preparation Needed

    • Education

      High school diploma.

    • Experience

      Some previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is usually needed.

    • Jobtraining

      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.

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