Carpenters construct, renovate and repair buildings and structures made of wood and other materials.


What do Carpenters do on the job?

  • Read and interpret blueprints, drawings and sketches to determine specifications and calculate requirements.
  • Prepare layouts to conform to building codes, using measuring tools.
  • Measure, cut, shape, assemble and join materials of wood and other materials.
  • Build foundations, install floor systems, lay sub-flooring and erect walls and roof systems.
  • May prepare cost estimates for clients.
  • Fit and install trim items, cupboards and countertops.
  • Maintain, repair and renovate residences and wooden structures in mills, mines, hospitals, industrial plants and other establishments.


Individuals may chose to specialize in one of the Carpenter sub-trades.

For further details about this occupation, please see the High School to Apprenticeship handbook, or find it on this website under “Resources.”

Having strong Essential Skills such as reading, writing, document use and thinking can help apprentices succeed in their training and in the workplace. A series of tools have been developed to support apprentices in understanding, assessing and improving their essential skills. These tools can be used independently or with the assistance of a tradesperson, trainer, employer, teacher or mentor.