A journeyman carpenter perform various woodworking tasks as assigned. Often, this requires working on construction projects, including installing foundations and various structural aspects of buildings. Fitting wooden aspects of structures and shaping and carving wood to given specifications is essential, so attention to detail is important for this position. The journeyman carpenter might also be in charge of erecting scaffolding for planned construction work to ensure the safety of other employees. Other tasks performed by the journeyman carpenter include performing finishing work and following safety standards at all times.
Most journeyman carpenter jobs require some experience in the field, as well as enrollment in an apprenticeship school (or having completed training in one). A minimum of a high school diploma or equivalent is typically necessary as well. There are generally some basic physical requirements for this job, which may be physically demanding and involve exposure to potentially hazardous chemicals. Adequate dexterity is needed to operate the tools required to perform daily duties, and attention to detail is important to ensure the highest-quality work is created. Journeyman carpenters must be able to read blueprints and work from them as well.
The job may be performed indoors or outdoors, depending on the nature of the tasks performed; thus, it is important to be able to work well in a variety of weather conditions. There are part-time and full-time positions available; some are temporary, while others are permanent. Schedules vary depending on employers' needs.
Journeyman Carpenter Tasks
Install structures and fixtures, such as windows, frames, floorings and trim.
Maintain a clean work environment.
Frame out walls and set door frames.
Maintain and repair all structures made of wood.