Carpenter Job Description: Top Duties and Qualifications

A Carpenter, or a Joiner, is responsible for providing carpentry and joinery services. Their work includes constructing furniture and fittings, performing repairs and renewals along with helping other trades with woodworking projects. 

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Carpenter duties and responsibilities

A Carpenter works from a workshop or on a construction site to perform the following tasks:

  • Taking measurements and preparing the site for woodwork
  • Preparing drawings for cabinetry, framing and other construction projects onsite
  • Designing and installing fitted wooden shelves, cabinets and drywall
  • Installing fixtures and fittings such as handles, locks and hinges
  • Select and also evaluate materials for potential defects 
  • Reading and interpreting designs to meet specifications set by Architects
  • Liaising with clients, suppliers and other tradesmen
  • Following all standards for kitchens and bathrooms in remodelling projects 
  • Sourcing timber by size, strength and budget for woodworking or joinery projects
  • Assessing and reviewing additional carpentry or joinery refurbishments
  • Performing finish carpentry including siding, flooring and built-ins

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Example 1

Job Description Carpenter/workshop assistant _Sheds,summerhouses and Garden Studios_ *About Us* Here at Breckland Garden Buildings Ltd we manufacture and install sheds, summerhouses, barns and garden studios to customers specifications. We are based in East Harling, Norfolk but our customer's are mainly in Surrey and the surrounding areas. We pride ourselves on our product quality and service we deliver and are looking for someone to join our team to work in the workshop manufacturing buildings and also when needed work with our team of installers. *Job Role* The role will be predominately workshop based and then when required on the road depending on the weeks schedule. Working pattern will be advised 2 weeks in advance. The role will include traveling from our base in East Harling to various customer locations around Surrey. · At the moment our team is on the road 5 days a week, Monday to Friday. Each day is between 10 and 12 hours, this includes travel time. Weekend work may sometimes be required. · Due to our delivery and installation area for our buildings this role will require the person to meet at our base in East Harling at around 4.30 am in the morning. This allows you to be able to arrive at the first job in Surrey or nearby locations in good time. · An average load is 4 buildings; however, this is dependable on the location and size of buildings so the load can sometimes be smaller. · The applicant must be able to undertake specific instructions and work at a fast pace while keeping attention to detail. · The applicant is required to have the ability to drive a vehicle with a loaded trailer attached. Category C1E. · You must be able to carry timber panels that are already constructed to customers bases · Good communication skills are crucial as dealing with the customer in a professional manner is of the upmost importance to us. · Previous experience installing sheds, summerhouses etc · Good time keeping, friendly manner, ability to work in a team and enjoy a laugh or two. Experience working with wood, ideally carpentry experience. *Job role-* · Deliver and install sheds, summerhouses and barns to specifications detailed on customers order forms. · Communicate with the office staff via mobile regarding any issues or problems when at a job · You will need the ability to judge whether a base is suitable to erect the building and be able to advise the customer if it is not possible and to contact the office immediately before leaving · When arriving back at the yard you are required to unload any rubish into the skip. Workshop Cutting boards, solvent treating buildings, depending on skill level other tasks will be required. Job Types: Full-time, Permanent Salary: £120.00 per day on the road £90.00 per day in the workshop Reference ID: Breckland2021 Job Types: Full-time, Permanent Salary: £23,000.00-£31,000.00 per year Benefits: * Company pension * Employee discount Schedule: * 12 hour shift * 8 hour shift Experience: * Carpentry: 1 year (preferred) * Timber building installation: 1 year (preferred) * Category C1E Licence (preferred) Work remotely: * No

Example 2

Harris Carpentry are looking for experienced 1st & 2nd fix carpenters to join their team on the Berkeley Homes development, Highwood Village. Carpenters must have: - extensive site based carpentry experience- works will include joists, roofing and all aspects of 1st fix, 2nd fix and carpentry finals (separate 2nd fix and 1st fix roles are available). - valid and applicable CSCS card (Blue 'Skilled Worker' card as minimum) - their own tools - their own hoover to H or M class WORKS WILL BE Offered ON PRICE Expected start date: 10/06/2021 Job Type: Full-time Salary: £22.00-£25.00 per hour Benefits: * On-site parking Schedule: * Monday to Friday COVID-19 considerations: COVID Site Operating Procedures are in place, in line with government guidelines Experience: * 1st fix carpentry: 2 years (preferred) * 2nd fix Carpentry: 5 years (preferred) * CSCS Skilled Worker Card (preferred) Work remotely: * No

Example 3

Since 1944 AD Construction Group has rapidly expanded the services it offers, in line with its client base and reputation. As a well-regarded refurbishment contractor AD provide building maintenance services within the public sector, predominantly to local authority housing associations. Working as a close knit team the organisation has successfully proven time and time again its ability to be a serious competitor in the construction industry. We’re looking for an experienced and enthusiastic carpenter / multi trade operative able to deliver first-class repair services across a variety of properties in the *London &* *South East* area. We can offer you regular work, an attractive and steady salary and standard working hours. Travelling will play a major part in the role as the job will involve covering many different sites in *London & South East*, therefore driving is a must. *Trade skills desired include but are not limited to: * * Carpentry * Wet trades *Essential Skills: * * Driving Licence * The ability to work under their own initiative and to the specification of works/contract instructions * The ability to record all repairs effectively * Good communications skills * Previous experience in a similar role *Multi Trader Salary and Package: * * Salary £32,000 per annum * Company van (tracked) and fuel card for business use * Mobile phone for business use * Company branded uniform and relevant PPE *Additional Information* * A DBS check will be required * Eligible to work in the UK * Hours: Monday to Friday 8:00 am to 17:00 pm * Initial probationary period of 6 months All applications are assessed in line with the Equal Opportunities Regulations and Data Protection Regulations for more information please see our website Job Types: Full-time, Permanent Salary: £32,000.00 per year Schedule: * Monday to Friday Work remotely: * No

What does a Carpenter do?

Carpenters work with timber depending on the role and experience. They create window frames, doors and floorboards. They also install shelves, cupboards, countertops and assemble fitted or free-standing furniture. Carpenters install roofing timber, staircases, door frames and they erect wooden supports to hold the setting concrete in place during home construction. They often work on tasks such as creating and fitting interiors in public offices and business premises. Carpenters are also involved in building stage sets for theatre, TV and film production.

Carpenter skills and qualifications

Carpentry is a skilled trade that requires high levels of accuracy and attention to detail. A successful Carpenter candidate will also have various prerequisite skills and qualifications including:

  • Geometry and algebra
  • Good eye-hand coordination
  • High levels of fitness and stamina
  • Excellent joinery skills
  • Working knowledge of different woodworking tools
  • Knowledge of building regulations
  • Knowledge of health and safety regulations

Carpenter experience requirements

The ideal candidate has general knowledge of domestic and commercial buildings with at least three years of relevant experience working with various types of wood, woodworking machinery and access equipment. They should also have a good knowledge of timber grades and countertop materials.This position requires a person who is physically fit, capable of lifting heavy materials and ready to stand for extended periods A qualified Carpenter can work with power tools and bladed objects such as bow saws, hammer and chisel, nail guns and drills. They are expected to work in almost all weather conditions, and should also be able to maintain a good balance while working on ladders and roofs.

Carpenter education and training requirements

Different employers have different entry requirements for Carpenters. Junior Carpenters can obtain positions with five GCSEs or equivalents including English and maths, basic vocational diploma or a City and Guilds certification. A person applying for the Carpenter’s job ideally has an intermediate or advanced apprenticeship in carpentry or joinery, preferably site carpentry or architectural joinery. For a senior role, a Diploma in Bench Joinery or Carpentry and Joinery is desirable. Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) is a bonus for those applying for a construction site job.

Carpenter salary expectations

According to Indeed Salaries, the average wage for a Carpenter is  £18.00 per hour in the United Kingdom. Salaries depend on experience, location and the complexity of the job. Most companies hire Carpenters for a 1-year tenure or less.

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Carpenter job description FAQs

What qualities make a good Carpenter?

A good Carpenter has excellent woodworking and joinery skills. They also need to be well organised, be diplomatic and ready to take initiative. They can sometimes work for long hours, so it’s essential that they can work effectively and stay calm even under pressure. A Carpenter also needs to work safely and adhere to industry standards while displaying high levels of professionalism to meet deadlines and expectations.

What should you look for in a Carpenter CV?

When reviewing resumes, look out for qualifications such as numerical skills, accuracy, proper time management skills and teamwork abilities. An applicant who highlights or demonstrates customer service orientation is a plus.

How do you make your Carpenter job description more effective?

The secret to writing an outstanding Carpenter’s job description is understanding what a Carpenter does and then writing a captivating introduction followed by your expected duties and responsibilities. It’s essential to set expectations, describe work conditions and state the pay.

What are the different types of Carpenters?

While Carpenters have the same background or training, they can pursue different career paths. Some will work as Rough Carpenters framing and doing structural work. Others will work as Trim Carpenters, creating mouldings and trims and some may work laying joists on floor surfaces. Some Carpenters apply for ship and boat building. Others may find full-time roofing positions or making cabinets.

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