Carpenter Job Descriptions

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Carpenter Job Description

Carpenters are skilled laborers who assist in the installation, construction, and repair of a variety of structures. They may work with residential, commercial, or industrial clients and with wood, steel, or concrete. Carpenters also sometimes work in teams that manage the demolition and maintenance of structures. Carpenters don’t always work on large projects. They also create simpler things like kitchen cabinets and window frames for individual clients. Carpenters can work for themselves, for small businesses, or for large companies.

A carpenter typically learns their trade through an apprenticeship, which may last 3-4 years. During this time, they’ll learn the fundamentals of their craft, including how to saw, measure, sketch, and read blueprints.

Employers who hire carpenters usually look for candidates who are capable of utilizing a variety of carpentry techniques and of using a wide variety of tools. Previous experience as a carpenter is always valued.

Carpenter Job Description Template

Our company is looking to add a skilled carpenter to its growing staff. In this role, it will be your job to help us with the installation, construction, maintenance, and demolition of various structures. Much of the work you do will involve wood, but you may also be tasked with working with other materials, such as steel and concrete.

You should be familiar with the best carpentry practices across a wide range of techniques. You should also be able to read blueprints and to follow their guidelines to create the structures that they represent.

To qualify for this job, you need to have completed a carpentry apprenticeship or have an extensive background in the field. You should be able to operate many different tools and be capable of building many different structures with minimal supervision.

If you think that you have the skills needed to excel in this position, we’d love to see your resume.

Carpenter Responsibilities:

  • Read blueprints and bring the structures they represent to life
  • Use a variety of tools and techniques to create doors, windows, cabinets, stairs, and other fixtures
  • Comply with all building code and safety requirements
  • Assist in the maintenance and installation of various structures
  • Provide excellent customer service to our clients

Carpenter Requirements:

  • High school diploma or equivalent
  • Completion of a carpentry apprenticeship or equivalent experience
  • Ability to use a wide variety of carpentry tools and techniques
  • Familiarity with blueprints
  • Professional appearance and demeanor

Carpenter FAQ

What tasks does a carpenter complete?

A carpenter uses their specialized knowledge of construction tools and techniques to create structures for clients. They may work on small projects, such as kitchen cabinets, or large products, such as a home’s frame. Carpenters carve out and assemble furniture, lay out floorings, and build staircases, among other things.

What should I include in my carpenter help-wanted ads?

When creating your carpenter help-wanted ads, you’ll want to begin with the information that you think your applicants will find most appealing. We recommend that you put this information in paragraph form near the top of your ad.

Use the first section of your ad to introduce the job to your applicants in general terms. Then, once you’ve done that, create two bulleted lists that show the detailed responsibilities and requirements of the job. You can follow the format that we’ve used above to make sure that you get it right.

Can I use your carpenter job description template?

Yes! Feel free to use any of our job description templates in whatever way you think is best for your company. Our only recommendation is that you don’t copy what we’ve written verbatim. You certainly can do that, but doing so would rob you of a chance to differentiate your job from others that your applicants may also be considering. Instead, make sure to supplement what we’ve written with the parts of your job that make it unique.

Frequently Asked Questions about hiring a Carpenter

What is the best way to find and hire a Carpenter near me?
Online job boards are the best place to find qualified Carpenter applicants. Employers posting their Carpenter job on Indeed get about 10 applications from that board on average.
Which job boards should I post on to find Carpenter applicants?
You should post to multiple job boards at once. The most successful job postings for a Carpenter are on Indeed – but on average, employers post to 11 boards at the same time, using tools like Workstream. Publishing to multiple job boards at once helps you get your first applicant in 15 hours on average, which is shorter than the national average for Carpenter positions.
What's the best way to communicate with applicants looking for a Carpenter role?
SMS has 85% open rates which is higher than phone call or Email. Text to hire today!
Is it OK to text Carpenter job applicants?
Hourly paid workers, such as Carpenters are actually more engaged when texting about jobs. We have found that text messages are 145% better than email at getting an applicant's response. Have a look at Workstream, which automates the process of texting and uses a phone number specifically assigned to your job post so you don’t have to use your personal phone.
Can I use a different phone number to engage Carpenter applicants via text message?
Yes, tools such as Workstream provide custom phone numbers that allow employers to engage with applicants through their tool without having to use a personal or business cell phone.

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