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What Eduction Is Needed To Become A Good Carpenter
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I am sitting on my front porch and thinking about what I should write about today, when this thought came to my head that I have only been talking about construction and not talking about anything related to education needed to become a good Carpenter and Craftsperson in the trades.

I had the opportunity to observe a shop class in our High School Trades program. What I saw was alarming it seemed most of the class was made up on people that did not want to do anything. One of the Guys in the class came up to me and asked who the F*#k are you? I told him I was his worst nightmare an Owner of a Construction Company in town looking for Carpenter Apprentices and he just flunked his interview.

In today’s market a Carpenter has to know Math, how to write, needs computer skills and needs training to become the best Craftsperson that he can be to maintain a job over the 30 to 40 years he is working. If he wants to progress up the ranks of the organization that he is working for, in the near future or it may be here already the future Carpenter will need some college education to excel in this field.

You can start your own construction business if you what to and then you will not need to go to college but you will still need Math, how to write, computer skills and training to become a Craftsperson.

Math is needed because you cannot rely on a calculator or computer when you’re out in the field and have to figure out if something is square or not. You can use math to figure that out if you know formulas such as the 3’4’5’ triangle or combination thereof to see if something is square or not.

How to write is needed if you have to communicate with the Architect, Project Manager or just to keep a daily log of what is happening on the job.

Computers skills are needed for communication via the internet, use of computer aided programs such as: Micro soft Word, Excel, CAD, computer aided material take off programs, and estimating programs.

Last but not least you need to have a thorough working knowledge of all the components that go into a building because most building construction jobs start with the Carpenters putting in the foundations and end with the carpenter trimming out the building. When you have a thorough working knowledge of all the components you can help alleviate a lot of change orders and rebuilding of items installed improperly.

So in closing I would like to say that a good all-around Carpenter will also have a working knowledge of Math, writing skill, Computer skills and also superior knowledge of construction to become a professional that a Construction Company will keep even in the down times of construction.


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