The Occupation of a Carpenter
Upon the interviews of two trade carpenters, a detailed description
of the occupation of a carpenter came clearly into view. From some of
the most general there was received a more descriptive perspective.
What would someone interested in this job need to do to get started?
What personal qualities/traits should a person have to be successful at this job?
How did you get started in this field?
How much of a challenge is your type of work?
What types of writing do you do?
When you write, who are your usual readers/audiences?
What general tasks does your job entail?
To put it simply, carpenters build things. They cut, fit, and join wood and other materials together. They make many things like buildings, roads, bridges, and boats. Carpenters who work for a special trade contractor do only one or two things like forming molds for concrete or building a frame. A carpenter may also work for a general building contractor. This carpenter performs many tasks, including putting in doors and windows, hanging kitchen cabinets, and installing tile ceilings. Some carpenters change jobs when they finish their tasks. Others switch back and forth from being self-employed on small jobs.
Most carpenters follow the same basic steps when getting ready for a job. They must layout or design the project. Design includes measuring, marking, and arranging materials. The carpenter then cuts and shapes the material. Carpenters use different hand and power tools, such as chisels, saws, and drills. Finally, the carpenter joins the items together with nails, staples, or glue. In this, they use rulers or framing squares to get how accurate their work is.
When working with ready-made parts, such as stairs or parts of walls, the carpenter's job is easier. A carpenter may install these parts all at one time. Carpenters may also replace glass, ceiling tiles, and doors. Some carpenters repair desks and cabinets; put in doors and windows; change locks; and repair broken furniture. In a factory, carpenters may help move or install machinery.
How stressful is your job?
Carpentry work is sometimes stressful. It often involves standing
for a long time, climbing, bending, and kneeling. Carpenters risk getting hurt from slipping or falling, or from working with sharp or rough tools.
In relation to that, what are the working conditions like?
As in other building trades, carpentry work is sometimes strenuous. Prolonged standing, climbing, bending, and kneeling are often necessary. Carpenters risk injury working with sharp or rough materials, using sharp tools and power equipment, and from slips or falls. Additionally, many carpenters work outdoors, which can be uncomfortable. Some carpenters change employers each time they finish a construction job. Others alternate between working for a contractor and working as contractors themselves on small jobs.