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Carpentry is a skilled trade in which the primary work performed is the cutting, shaping and installation of building materials during the construction of buildings, ships, timber bridges, concrete formwork, etc. Carpenters traditionally worked with natural wood and did the rougher work such as framing, but today many other materials are also used and sometimes the finer trades of cabinetmaking and furniture building are considered carpentry. Fine carpenters can aslo do cabinet and wardrobes.
Aspects of Carpentry include:
  • Understanding requirements from technical drawings and plans
  • Making and putting together doors, staircases and fitted furniture
  • Installing floorboards, partition walls, roof timbers and window frames (known as first fix)
  • Hanging doors, installing handles, skirting boards, cupboards and shelves
  • Making and assembling interiors for bars, shops and offices
  • Building stage sets for films and theatres productions
Requirements to pursue this area
The minimum entry requirement in many institutions is your Junior Certificate or better

Career Opportunities
Learning skills for this trade can allow you to pursue many types of carpentry jobs. As a matter of fact, carpentry and woodworking represent one of the most versatile occupational sectors that you can enter. It doesn't just touch most aspects of construction; it also touches many aspects of our lives that we might not think about as much.
As a result, people who go into this wide-ranging trade often have the chance to specialize in particular areas that align with their own interests and abilities. For instance, after some basic carpentry training, you might choose to pursue a career as one of the following types of carpenters or woodworkers:
  • Framing and residential carpenter: Help build various kinds of homes, from condos and townhouses to single-family residences. Carpenters in this category are often involved in fram-ing exterior and interior walls, building stairs, and framing decks and roofs. Some of them even build forms for concrete foundations or put up drywall. And some carpenters in this category specialize in working on finishing touches such as installing cabinets, doors, wood floors, and crown molding. They often use job titles like "finish carpenter" or "trim carpenter."
  • Commercial carpenter: Assist in the construction of hotels, office towers, schools, hospitals, restaurants, retail developments, and other types of commercial buildings. In addition to wood, carpenters in this area of the trade also frequently work with steel or other materials when fram-ing exterior walls, curtain walls, and interior partitions. Many of them also specialize in building concrete forms or performing various finishing tasks like laying floors or installing paneling, ceilings, and windows.
  • Industrial carpenter: Work on important public infrastructure projects or in major industries like resource extraction, energy production, or manufacturing. Big construction projects often require specialized carpenters to build safe and sturdy scaffolding, strong bracing, firm parti-tions, or precise concrete-pouring forms. Such carpenters often contribute their skills to civil engineering projects such as bridges, tunnels, and dams. And they can also be found working on the construction of industrial projects like power plants or underground structures for mining.
  • Bench carpenter or cabinetmaker: Contribute to the cutting, shaping, and assembling of wood products. Or take on tasks like setting up and operating power saws, mortisers, jointers, and other kinds of woodworking machinery. Many cabinetmakers don't just get to fabricate wooden cabinets; they also frequently get to design custom cabinets and install them in custom-ers' homes or offices.
  • Carpentry assistant: Help established carpenters with basic tasks as you learn fundamentals like how to read blueprints, make accurate measurements, and use hand tools and power tools safely and effectively. This job path is good for getting a feel for the trade before beginning an apprenticeship.
  • Furniture finisher—Take on jobs that involve restoring worn or damaged furniture by using skills related to shaping wood and applying stains, sealing agents, or topcoats. Many wood-workers in this part of the trade repair or refinish wooden antiques and educate people on how to best preserve them.
  • Woodworking machine operator:Specialize in the use of automated equipment such as computerized numerical control (CNC) machines for the production of various kinds of items made from wood, laminates, veneers, or a combination of wood-related materials.