Framers (construction) - also known as construction framers and framing carpenters - primarily focus on building the wooden “bones” of a structure early in the building process; they construct building frames and perform repairs to that framework before finish carpenters take over to complete the task. At times, the framer (construction) also participates in the finishing work as well. Framers (construction) may work on residential, commercial, and/or industrial projects. In nearly all cases, the framer works on a building site, where the structure on which they are working is being built. On some occasions, they may do preparatory such as measuring and cutting lumber offsite. It is also likely the framer travels among job sites, sometimes within the same day.
Working as a framer (construction) requires the ability to perform physical labor such as lifting and carrying heavy items, including the wood used to construct a building’s frame. Reading blueprints is an essential part of a framer's job, as is an awareness of relevant building codes. The framer must have knowledge of precise measuring techniques and mathematics to ensure all necessary pieces are the required size and properly fit together. They should also have the ability to skillfully use carpentry tools, including measuring devices, hand and power saws, and other required equipment.
Normally, a college degree is not necessary to work as a framer (construction), although college classes may be useful to learn details of blueprint reading, engineering, and advanced mathematical skills. Many framers begin preparation for the job in high school shop courses and vocational training programs where they learn the basic skills necessary for the job. Many times, those working as a framer (construction) receive on-the-job training as part of a carpentry apprenticeship by the hiring construction company.