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What does a Carpenter do?

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

- They read blueprints and do layouts (selecting materials, measuring and marking materials and planning their work.)
- They cut and shape materials and join them with nails, screws, bolts or glue.
- They check completed projects to make sure they are level, square, the right size, shape and in the right location.

Some Carpenters specialize in a certain area, like framing, bench work or finishing work.

What kind of person makes a good Carpenter?

Carpenter might be the job for you if you:

- Can stand, crouch or kneel for a long period of time
- Have good manual dexterity
- Have good balance
- Are good at math and can solve problems quickly
- Work well with others

How do I become a Carpenter?

1. Find a company willing to take you as an apprentice
2. Register with AAIT (Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training)
3. Apprentice for 4 years, which includes 1360 hours of on the job training and 8 weeks of technical training at school each year.
4. Take the interprovincial Red Seal exam to become a registered Carpenter.
5. Now you can work almost anywhere in Canada!

Where does a Carpenter work?

86 per cent of Carpenters in Alberta work in the Construction industry. They are most often employed by construction contractors, government agencies, utility companies or manufacturing firms.

How much does a Carpenter make?

On average, Carpenters in Alberta make $27.93 an hour. Thatís about $63,300 a year.

Apprentice Carpenters earn 60% of a journeymanís wage rate in the first year, 70% in the second, 80% in the third and 90% in the fourth year.

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