What they do and their qualifications
Carpenters have a broad range of woodworking skills and may also specialise in certain types of construction from building and installing kitchens to remodelling homes and building house extensions.
A skilled and qualified carpenter can:
- Create and repair structures using a variety of materials including wood, plastic and fiberglass
- Work with a range of tools including chisels, planes, saws, drills and sanders and join materials using screws, nails and other fasteners
- Read technical drawing, blue prints and sketch freehand
- Perform calculations and measurements
- Build temporary structures like scaffolding or permanent structures like walls, floors and roofs
- Repair and replace structure and fittings
- Assemble and install windows, doors, shelves and cabinets
- Design, build and repair furniture
- Create ornate and decorative moldings and trims
- Demolish structures and remove debris
To achieve certification and craftsperson status, carpenters will have typically completed an apprenticeship with on-the-job training, and QQI Level 6 Advanced Certificate Craft – Carpentry and Joinery or a similar qualification.
What is the difference between a carpenter and a joiner?
A joiner will work primarily with wood and on more intricate projects like molding and framing, creating shelving, window frames, carved banisters and door frames. There is no difference in qualifications awarded between a carpenter and a joiner, however a skilled joiner will have a high level of practical woodwork experience.
A carpenter can also be known as construction carpenter, building carpenter, journeyman, wood framer, joiner and interior finish carpenter