Carpenter cuts plywood on a circular saw


Unionized carpenters are members of the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America, which represents carpenters and related construction trades professionals in the state of New York. In addition to woodworking and framing, they analyze blueprints, cut materials to size, and construct them using hand tools and power tools. They can work on any project, from small, delicate artwork to massive buildings.

About The Trade

To become a carpenter in the unionized trades in New York State, you will need a combination of skills, education, and experience. Here are the key steps and skills required:

  • Education and Training:
    • High School Diploma or Equivalent: Start by completing your high school education or obtaining a GED.
    • Many unions offer formal apprenticeship programs that combine on-the-job training with classroom instruction.
  • Measuring and Cutting: Carpenters measure and cut wood, metal, or other materials to the required specifications. This may involve using saws, drills, and other cutting tools.
  • Framing: Carpenters build the structural framework of buildings, including walls, floors, and roofs. This involves assembling and securing wooden or metal framing components.
  • Finish Carpentry: Some carpenters specialize in finish carpentry, which involves installing interior trim, moldings, and cabinetry. They may also work on finishing touches like crown molding, baseboards, and staircases.
  • Demolition: Carpenters may also be involved in demolition work when structures need to be removed or renovated.
  • Blueprint Reading: Gain the ability to read and interpret construction blueprints and plans accurately.
  • Math Skills: Develop strong math skills, including geometry and algebra, as carpenters often need to make precise measurements and calculations.
  • Problem-Solving Skills: Learn how to solve practical problems that may arise during carpentry projects.