General Carpenter (Carpenter)
Introduction
Carpenters construct, erect, install, maintain and repair structures and components of structures made of wood, wood-substitutes and other materials. They are employed by construction companies, carpentry contractors, maintenance departments of factories, plants and other establishments, or they may be self-employed.
Essential Skills Requirements:
 
Safety-related Activities
Reading
Ability to understand short instructions and warnings written on signs, labels and packaging. (Complexity: 1)
Ability to read workplace safety materials, e.g. read Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) to understand the chemical composition and hazards of products, such as adhesives. (Complexity: 2)
Ability to understand and interpret regulations that govern occupational health and safety. (Complexity: 3 or higher)
Document Use
Ability to identify icons used in WHMIS, fire control and other hazard management systems. (Complexity: 1)
Writing
Ability to write comments in forms and schedules, e.g. write comments in job hazard assessment forms to notify co-workers about obstacles, such as overhead power lines. (Complexity: 2)
Ability to write text entries in forms to describe events leading up to incidents or accidents. (Complexity: 2)
Thinking
Ability to evaluate the safety of equipment and the severity of workplace hazards. (Complexity: 2)
 
Carpentry-related Activities
Reading
Ability to read short text entries on technical drawings and on forms, such as work orders and invoices. (Complexity: 1)
Ability to read product use instructions, e.g. read instructions for the use of scissor lifts, gas-powered fastening tools and total station layout instruments. (Complexity: 2)
Ability ro read and interpret building codes, regulations, bylaws and standards, e.g. read building codes to determine the minimum height of railings and banisters. (Complexity: 3 or higher)
Ability to read instructions and procedures contained in manuals, e.g. read construction manuals to learn how to build structures, such as domed roofs and circular stairwells. (Complexity: 3 or higher)
Document Use
Ability to locate and enter data on labels, e.g. locate mixing ratios and drying times on the labels of products, such as sealers. (Complexity: 1)
Ability to locate information such as dimensions and construction procedures using basic scale and assembly drawings. (Complexity: 1)
Ability to locate information such as dimensions and construction procedures using moderately complex scale drawings. (Complexity: 2)
Ability to use a variety of complex plan, detail, elevation and section drawings, e.g. study complex detail drawings to determine construction techniques, specifications and the location of components, such as fasteners. (Complexity: 3 or higher)
Thinking
Ability to evaluate the quality of work performed by considering factors such as the appearance and structural integrity of completed projects. (Complexity: 2)
 
General Administrative Duties
Reading
Ability to read notices, bulletins and newsletters, e.g. read notices from workers’ compensation boards to learn about workplace hazards and newsletters to stay up-to-date on union activities. (Complexity: 2)
Ability to read and interpret written information in text books, training manuals and technical reports, e.g. read engineering reports to learn about geologic conditions at construction sites. (Complexity: 3 or higher)
Ability to understand written permit application procedures and instructions. (Complexity: 3 or higher)
Document Use
Ability to complete a variety of checklists and forms, e.g. complete hazard assessment forms by checking boxes and entering data such as dates, times and quantities. (Complexity: 1)
Ability to observe symbols, icons and signs, e.g. scan signs at new job sites to identify workplace hazards and safety equipment, such as fire extinguishers. (Complexity: 1)
Ability to locate data such as identification numbers, specifications and quantities in moderately complex tables. (Complexity: 2)
Ability to complete complex entry forms, e.g. complete forms, such as building permits, by entering data, such as dates, times, durations, quantities and specifications. (Complexity: 3 or higher)
Ability to locate data in a variety of complex tables, e.g. locate data, such as dimensions, tolerances, coefficients, identification numbers and quantities, in complex specification tables. (Complexity: 3 or higher)
Writing
Ability to write project details on estimate sheets, change orders and work orders, e.g. explain the procedures for construction projects on job estimates. (Complexity: 1)
Ability to write reminders and short notes to customers and co-workers, e.g. write short notes to inform customers of progress made. (Complexity: 1)
Thinking
Ability to choose tools, methods and products for construction projects, e.g. consider project specifications, building codes and the availability of time and labour. (Complexity: 1)
Ability to deal with minor equipment breakdowns and malfunctions. (Complexity: 1)
Ability to evaluate the condition and performance of tools and equipment. (Complexity: 2)
Oral Communication - Listening
Ability to understand short spoken statements such as a simple instruction or question. (Complexity: 1)
Ability to understand moderately complex spoken statements such as instructions involving multiple steps. (Complexity: 2)
Oral Communication - Speaking
Ability to ask simple questions and explain simple thoughts, instructions and opinions using appropriate language. (Complexity: 1)
Ability to explain moderately complex thoughts, instructions and opinions using appropriate tone and language. (Complexity: 2)
 
Use of Mathematics
Whole Numbers
Ability to read and write, count, round off, add or subtract, multiply or divide whole numbers, e.g. read measuring tapes, order lumber. (Complexity: 2)
Fractions
Ability to read and write, add or subtract fractions, multiply or divide by a fraction, multiply or divide fractions, e.g. use fractional units of inches when measuring the thickness of flooring materials. (Complexity: 2)
Decimals
Ability to read and write, round off, add or subtract decimals, multiply or divide by a decimal, multiply or divide decimals, e.g. use decimals to record partial units for measurement, such as 6.4 metres. (Complexity: 2)
Percents and Mixed Operations
Ability to use percent to locate numbers; add, subtract, multiply and divide signed numbers; complete mixed operations with whole numbers, fractions, percents and decimals. (Complexity: 2)
Data Analysis
Ability to calculate and use totals, sub-totals and basic summary measures like averages and rates; perform proportional calculations. (Complexity: 2)
Geometry - Basic Skills
Ability to analyze and draw lines and line segments; use coordinates to locate points in a plane; calculate angles; use concepts such as parallelism to solve problems. (Complexity: 2)
Geometry - Plane Figures
Ability to calculate perimeters, areas and circumferences; analyze angles and distances in triangles, rectangles and circles; analyze complex shapes into constituent plane figures. (Complexity: 2)
Geometry - Solids
Ability to calculate volumes of rectangular solids, cylinders and prisms; analyze complex volumes into constituent regular solids. (Complexity: 2)
Geometry - Advanced Tasks
Ability to analyze angles and distances in plane figures; calculate areas of other polygons; use theorem to solve problems; calculate areas and volumes of objects such as spheres, pyramids and cones. (Complexity: 2)
Measurement
Ability to measure things such as distance, weight, volume, temperature and angles; use and convert between Metric and Imperial measurement units. (Complexity: 2)
Algebra
Ability to construct and solve equations with one to three different variables and use common formulas. (Complexity: 2)
Trigonometry
Ability to identify and calculate known and unknown angles, use trigonometry to set up and solve problems using trigonometry. (Complexity: 2)