A finish carpenter works with wood to ensure the quality of completed pieces meets their company's and or clients' standards. They must maintain a clean job site, communicate effectively with the client to discern their needs and issues, and work well with other carpenter. Finish carpenters are also responsible for reviewing and interpreting blueprints, sketches, and work orders. They must then determine what materials and equipment are needed for the assignment; for all projects, finish carpenters need to ensure that jobs completed come in under or at budget and are completed on time.
Generally, a finish carpenter works full time. Hours vary depending on the needs of the employer and client, including deadlines. Travel to different work sites is required of finish carpenters. Common employers include construction companies and large institutions, such as universities.
Qualifications for finish carpenters typically include at least a high school diploma or equivalent. Most employers prefer that a finish carpenter to have a diploma or certificate in carpentry or a related field from a trade, technical, or vocational school. They need to have at least 10 years of experience in carpentry or related field. Having strong communication and excellent attention to detail are needed as well.
Finish Carpenter Tasks
Build closets, counters, shelves, cabinets, doors, bulletin boards, windows, wall panels and other related finish carpentry items.
Dismantle or demolish and remove designated items prior to the commencement of repairs.
Select lumber, materials and supplies.
Work from blueprints, sketches and drawings in addition to verbal and written descriptions to accomplish the job.