Carpenter helpers assist higher-level carpenters, such as journeymen, in crafting and finishing woodwork, and some items which they may help create include tables, frames, boxes, shelves, and building materials. These helpers may also contribute certain parts to pieces or may be assigned to create whole pieces to be sold.
Carpenter helpers generally receive assignments from master carpenters, but it is important that they work well independently and meet all time-constraints. Duties may change often, as projects from different clients can vary greatly. The ability to operate hand and power tools, such as saws and drills, is important for this position, and some mathematical skills are needed to take proper measurements. The job is often physically-demanding, as there are repetitive motions and heavy lifting, so some physical requirements may be necessary. Many positions may require some prior experience in carpentry along with a portfolio, while others offer entry-level positions with on-the-job training. In some positions, carpenter helpers are given complete designs to follow, while other positions may allow them to use some creativity.
Some jobs may require creating intricate details through carving, so attention to detail is important to ensure that products are neat and attractive. The job may require working in an environment subject to loud noises and toxic chemicals. Some employers do not have minimum educational requirements, while others prefer applicants with a high school diploma and some carpentry school experience.
Carpenter Helper Tasks
Select appropriate tools for each task and transport them to the work site.
Fasten timber or lumber with glue, screws, pegs, or nails.
Clean work areas and machines to ensure the safety and working condition of the job site.
Perform layout spacing, measuring, and cutting according to specifications.