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Details for Helpers--Carpenters


Description

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

Tasks

  • Position and hold timbers, lumber, and paneling in place for fastening or cutting.
  • Erect scaffolding, shoring, and braces.
  • Select tools, equipment, and materials from storage and transport items to work site.
  • Fasten timbers and/or lumber with glue, screws, pegs, or nails, and install hardware.
  • Clean work areas, machines, and equipment, to maintain a clean and safe jobsite.
  • Hold plumb bobs, sighting rods, and other equipment, to aid in establishing reference points and lines.
  • Align, straighten, plumb and square forms for installation.
  • Cut timbers, lumber and/or paneling to specified dimensions, and drill holes in timbers or lumber.
  • Smooth and sand surfaces to remove ridges, tool marks, glue, or caulking.
  • Perform tie spacing layout, then measure, mark, drill and/or cut.
  • Secure stakes to grids for constructions of footings, nail scabs to footing forms, and vibrate and float concrete.
  • Construct forms, then assist in raising them to the required elevation.
  • Install handrails under the direction of a carpenter.
  • Glue and clamp edges or joints of assembled parts.
  • Cut and install insulating or sound-absorbing material.
  • Cut tile or linoleum to fit, and spread adhesives on flooring to install tile or linoleum.
  • Cover surfaces with laminated plastic covering material.

Interests

  • Realistic - Realistic occupations frequently involve work activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They often deal with plants, animals, and real-world materials like wood, tools, and machinery. Many of the occupations require working outside, and do not involve a lot of paperwork or working closely with others.
  • Conventional - Conventional occupations frequently involve following set procedures and routines. These occupations can include working with data and details more than with ideas. Usually there is a clear line of authority to follow.

Education, Training, Experience

  • Education - These occupations usually require a high school diploma.
  • Training - Employees in these occupations need anywhere from a few months to one year of working with experienced employees. A recognized apprenticeship program may be associated with these occupations.
  • Experience - Some previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is usually needed. For example, a teller would benefit from experience working directly with the public.

Knowledge

  • Administration and Management - Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
  • Education and Training - Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
  • Mathematics - Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Public Safety and Security - Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions.
  • Mechanical - Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
  • 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.

Skills

Related Careers

  • Construction Carpenters
  • Construction Laborers
  • Helpers--Brickmasons, Blockmasons, Stonemasons, and Tile and Marble Setters
  • Helpers--Pipelayers, Plumbers, Pipefitters, and Steamfitters
  • Pipelayers
  • Refractory Materials Repairers, Except Brickmasons
  • Reinforcing Iron and Rebar Workers
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