Helpers - Carpenters


ABOUT THE JOB

Help carpenters by performing duties requiring less skill. Duties include using, supplying or holding materials or tools, and cleaning work area and equipment.

WHAT YOU'LL DO

  • Secure stakes to grids for constructions of footings, nail scabs to footing forms, and vibrate and float concrete.
  • Glue and clamp edges or joints of assembled parts.
  • Hold plumb bobs, sighting rods, or other equipment to aid in establishing reference points and lines.
  • Cut and install insulating or sound-absorbing material.
  • Cut tile or linoleum to fit and spread adhesives on flooring for installation.
  • Erect scaffolding, shoring, or braces.
  • Construct forms and assist in raising them to the required elevation.
  • Smooth or sand surfaces to remove ridges, tool marks, glue, or caulking.
  • Install handrails under the direction of a carpenter.
  • Cover surfaces with laminated plastic covering material.

THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW

  • Mechanical - Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
  • Mathematics - Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
  • Transportation - Knowledge of principles and methods for moving people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road, including the relative costs and benefits.
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Building and Construction - Knowledge of materials, methods, and the tools involved in the construction or repair of houses, buildings, or other structures such as highways and roads.

ABILITIES YOU'LL NEED TO HAVE

  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Complex Problem Solving - Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Coordination - Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
  • Social Perceptiveness - Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.

AT A GLANCE

Education Required

These occupations usually require a high school diploma.

Wages

In 2015, the average annual wage in a Tennessee was $24,260 with most people making betweeen $18,710 and $37,040

Wages by Industry

Building Finishing Contractors: $25,530.00

Employment Services: $27,420.00

Foundation, Structure, and Building Exterior Contractors: $25,820.00

Nonresidential Building Construction: $29,440.00

Other Wood Product Manufacturing: $26,240.00

Residential Building Construction: $26,530.00