Carpenters and joiners make and install wooden
structures, fixtures and fittings, which are used in a wide
variety of construction projects. Jobs can range from
fitting floorboards, skirting, window frames and doors in
a domestic household to fixing roof trusses and
partitions on a commercial project. They can also build
up shop fronts, construct storage and shelving for retail
outlets and prepare wooden casements to support
setting concrete in structures such as bridges or
Carpenters and joiners use a range of hand and power tools depending on the scale and type of work. The type of work normally falls into one of the categories below; they may use their skills across the whole range, or specialise in just one or two:
Depending on the job, carpenters and joiners may work in conjunction with other construction tradespeople, for example electricians and plumbers.
The usual working week is 39 hours, Monday to Friday,
although overtime at weekends or evenings is common
when deadlines must be met.
Carpenters and joiners often work in narrow or confined spaces and carry heavy materials and tools. Site work involves working in all weathers, climbing ladders and working on scaffolding or roofs. Bench joiners tend to work mainly in workshops where conditions can get dusty. Safety equipment such as helmets and boots are required on construction sites. Goggles or ear defenders may also be needed for some jobs.
Travel between sites is necessary and some periods working away from home may be required. A driving licence is useful.
To be a carpenter or joiner you should:
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