Carpenter

WHAT YOU DO

When you hear the word Carpenter, you probably think tables and chairs rather than skyscrapers and bridges. But nearly every building and structure you see—the hospital you were born in, the home you live in, the school you study at, the arena you play in, the movie theatre you’re heading to tonight—wouldn’t exist without a Carpenter.

As a Carpenter, you get to construct, renovate and repair structures made of wood, steel, concrete and other materials. You work as part of a team of trade professionals right on the job site, getting your hands dirty and watching your project come to life bit by bit every day.

Program details


WHAT YOU LEARN

  • How to read blueprints and make sense of building codes
  • How to measure, cut, shape, assemble and join materials on site
  • How to build foundations, install floor beams, lay sub-flooring, and put up walls and roofs
  • How to install doors, stairs, moulding and hardware

WHO YOU WORK FOR

Carpenters often work for construction and renovation companies and in the maintenance departments of buildings and factories. Some even start their own businesses.

Types of Workplaces

  • Contractors
  • Construction Firms
  • Maintenance Departments
  • Self Employed

WHO YOU’LL WORK WITH

You will be paired with an experienced Carpenter who will guide your apprenticeship. Here you will develop a solid foundation in planning and framing structures for commercial or residential construction. You will also direct concrete placement and the installation of interior or exterior finishing materials, windows, doors and cabinets.

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Builders are

ATHLETIC, COLLABORATIVE, MATHEMATICAL, PRECISE, TACTILE

Critical Skills

  • Use of hand, power tools and construction equipment
  • Use of survey instruments
  • Use of rigging and hoisting equipment
  • Performing site layout
  • Building concrete formwork
  • Residential framing
  • Applying finishing materials

Earn

$44K - $52K annually
$15.00 - $35.00 hourly

Work

  • 40
  • hours per week
    mostly weekdays, can be seasonal

A day in the life of a trade apprentice

A Builder's Story

Kevin de Oliveira, 20

Sheet Metal Worker

Victoria, BC

How to get started

ITA Youth Trade Programs let you get started in a trade while you’re still in high school. That means you could be working in your field, learning from experts and earning a paycheque — all before you graduate.