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Build a solid career in carpentry!

Get started in a career that has a promising future and is financially rewarding. Opportunities in Carpentry Careers provides you with a complete overview of the job possibilities, salary figures, and experience required to enter the field of carpentry.

This career-boosting book will help you:

  • Determine the focus that's right for you, from rough carpentry to finish work to any number of specialties
  • Acquire in-depth knowledge of the building industry
  • Find out what kind of salary you can expect
  • Understand the daily routine of your chosen field
  • Focus your job search using industry resources


general carpenter
• lathing specialist
• cabinetmaker
• floor layer
• millwright
• pile driver

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780071476065
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Professional Publishing
  • Publication date: 3/26/2007
  • Series: Opportunities In...Series Series
  • Edition description: Revised
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 221
  • Product dimensions: 0.44 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 5.50 (d)

Meet the Author

McGraw-Hill authors represent the leading experts in their fields and are dedicated to improving the lives, careers, and interests of readers worldwide.

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Table of Contents

Preface     ix
An Ancient Craft     1
A noble history
Carpentry for all seasons
Wood's continued importance
Today's carpenter
What It's Like on the Job     9
The workday
Time on the job
Special circumstances
The Right Stuff: Attitude, Skills, Pay     15
Preparing for the job
Moving up in the world
Pay scale
Labor supply
Getting Started     25
High school
Trade school
What to do without an apprenticeship
Why apprenticeship?
Career Options     33
General carpenter
Resilient-floor layer
Pile driver
Other occupations
Carpentry Pros and Cons     41
The Path to Journeyman     47
Applying for apprenticeship
Getting into the apprenticeship program
Term of apprenticeship
On-the-job training
Putting in the hours
Work experience for other specialties
In the classroom
Carpentry training in Canada
The Performance Evaluated Training System (PETS)
The Training Period     61
Work and training standards
Safety standards
Additional standards
Alternative Paths     67
Job Corps
Skills USA
Skills Canada
Less-traveled roads to training
Professional Organizations     75
Early craft guilds
Management organizations
Moving Up     81
The Carpenter of the Future     85
Planning: urban, suburban, exurban
Science and technology
No limits
Additional Resources     91
Offices of Apprenticeship and Training     95
Trade Associations     113
Academic Programs     117
Glossary     133
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