Carpenter supervisors work primarily for construction and furniture companies and supervise carpenters; depending on the size of their company, they may also supervise construction workers or construction operators. These supervisors must have significant work experience as carpenters, as well as have strong leadership and communication skills. They must be able to build teamwork and work with diverse people, and a high school diploma or GED is generally required by employers.
They must have prior experience working as carpenters and strong working knowledge in carpentry, concrete construction, or other similar technical experience. They must be able to read blueprints and use the various tools and equipment required for the job, and some employers prefer carpenter supervisors who have prior supervisory or management experience. These supervisors provide directions to carpenters and/or constructions workers related to planning, layout, cutting, shaping and installation of building materials, and they also collaborate and coordinate with other construction supervisors.
Carpenter supervisors must adhere to Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) safety rules and regulations and ensure that all employees do the same. They are responsible for ensuring that all tasks meet deadlines, and they must also conduct performance evaluations in a timely manner and provide feedback to their workers. They are encouraged to attend various workshops relevant to their job as required or on a voluntary basis to improve their skills, and they must stay up-to-date with new techniques and tools/equipment available in the marketplace.
Carpenter Supervisor Tasks
Ensure supplies, tools, and facility are available and project goals are known.
Train, mentor and support workers.
Set schedules and oversee workers in accomplishing goals.
Report on workers, tools, deliverables and maintenance.