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In this report I am going to talk about the job and life of a carpenter. Carpenters are involved in many different kinds of construction activities, such as cutting, fitting, and assembling wood and other materials for the construction of buildings, highways, and bridges. Carpenters who remodel homes and other structures must be able to do aspects of a job. Most Carpenters work involves certain basic steps: They read plans identify and find the materials they need, determine the sizes of the parts required, and measure and mark the materials for cutting.

The ideal of a carpenter, even at the beginning level, is to have a workshop. The jobs they do depend on the type of construction, company, and the skills of the carpenter. Carpenters may advance to carpentry supervisor or general construction supervisor positions. Carpenters usually have greater opportunities than most other construction workers to become general construction supervisors, because carpenters are exposed to the entire construction process.

To become a carpenter a high school education is a good start. Most employers recommend an apprenticeship as the best way to learn carpentry. Apprenticeship applicants must be at least 17 years old and meet local requirements. The length of the program should be about 3 to 4 years. On the job, apprentices learn elementary structural design and become familiar with common carpentry jobs, such as layout, form buildings, rough framing, and outside and inside framing.

There are many dangerous task in this job. Carpenters risk injury working with sharp or rough materials, using sharp tools and power equipments, and working in situations where they might slip or fall. Carpenters can slip on sawdust if they don't be careful. Sawdust can also be breathed in by workers if they don't have their masks on.

Beginning pay for Carpenters goes from minimum wage to over $2.00 an hour. Journey level Carpenters can earn up to $25.00 per hour. Carpenters that are full experienced can make as much as $28.00 per hour. In this research I learned that carpenters have a pretty rough life. They have to be careful not to make mistakes. Carpenters also have to work hard in bad conditions. Someday I might think about being a carpenter. That's what I learned in this research on carpenters.