7271 Carpenters

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What do they do?

Carpenters construct, erect, install, maintain and repair structures and components of structures made of wood, wood substitutes, lightweight steel and other materials.

Job Description

  • Read and interpret blueprints, drawings and sketches to determine specifications and calculate requirements.
  • Prepare layouts in conformance to building codes, using measuring tools.
  • Measure, cut, shape, assemble and join materials made of wood, wood substitutes, lightweight steel and other materials.
  • Build foundations, install floor beams, lay subflooring and erect walls and roof systems.
  • Fit and install trim items, such as doors, stairs, moulding and hardware.
  • Maintain, repair and renovate residences and wooden structures in mills, mines, hospitals, industrial plants and other establishments.
  • Supervise apprentices and other construction workers.
  • May prepare cost estimates for clients.
  • Average Salary: $63,800

Employment Requirements

  • Completion of Carpentry/Construction 10-20-30 up to 300 hours.
  • High School to Apprenticeship: Link to the Future (1999).
  • Students may challenge the Level 1 trade exam.
  • Successful students will receive Level 1 theory advanced standing in appropriate Saskatchewan Polytechnic programs, and Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition time credit hours for time spent with a journeyperson in the workplace toward apprenticeship standing in the trade.


  • Completion of a 4-year apprenticeship program or a combination of over 4 years of work experience in the trade and some high school or college courses in carpentry is usually required to be eligible for trade certification.
  • Trade certification is available, but voluntary, in all provinces and territories.

Carpentry Construction Classes Available Locations:

Red Seal endorsement is also available to qualified carpenters upon successful completion of the interprovincial Red Seal examination.

For more information on careers as a Carpenter, please contact SATCC.