What does a Carpenter (general) (403A) do?

General Carpenters work mainly with wood, wood substitutes, and materials like drywall, plaster, steel, copper, and tiles. They may construct, install, maintain, or repair structures and be responsible for framing and forming or finishing cabinets, doors, stairs, and other major wooden structures.

Job Related Skills, Interests and Values

  • Reading and interpreting blueprints and drawings
  • Planning the most effective way to complete a project
  • Using knowledge of the qualities of wood (grain, density, flexibility) to select the best material for the job
  • Laying out, measuring, cutting, assembling, and joining materials as per project specifications
  • Using a variety of hand and power tools safely and effectively
  • Working well independently or in a team to communicate and brings projects to fruition

What Preparation and Training Do You Need?

  • Grade 10 is the legal minimum, but grade 12 is usually required by employers/unions
  • Completion of 3,844-7,200 hours of apprenticeship, including on-the-job and in-school training
  • Completion of written examination to obtain Certificate of Qualification

What's Your Future as a Carpenter (general) (403A)?

  • May be employees of firms/developers or self-employed
  • Computer literacy important to work with computer-based drawing, estimating, and cost reporting systems
  • Often hired by interior construction companies, residential and commercial developers, building construction firms

Wage Rate

Apprentice wage increases with skill and experience. Fully qualified workers earn an average of $30.00-$42.00 per hour.

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Carpenter (403A)

Ask Yourself: Yes No
Do you have a valid driver’s license?
Are you able to work indoors and outdoors? Are you comfortable working at all heights?
Are you able to read blueprints and measurements accurately? Have basic math skills.
Are you able to follow Health & Safety guidelines?
Are you able to lift more than 50lbs? Are you able to stand or sit for long periods of time?
Are you detailed oriented and good with colors? Do you have the ability to work closely with others?
Are you reliable, a self-starter and able to work with minimal supervision? Can you start and finish work on time?


If you checked YES to the majority of these questions, a career as a Carpenter may be for you!

You might want to look at these similar trades as well;

  • Industrial Woodworker
  • Cabinetmaker
  • Machinist
  • Plumber
  • Tool & Die Maker
  • Electrician

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