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How to Become a Carpenter

What You Need To Know

What are your career goals? Does it include finding a hands-on job that can provide a secure future in an industry that’s always in demand? If so, then attending an accredited institution for expert carpenter instruction should be your first step.

Our Building Construction School’s Programs

When you obtain a carpentry degree from a trade school like the New Castle School of Trades, you won’t just be gaining a valuable skill. You’ll be investing in your future! NCST offers carpentry training through its construction trades courses as part of its building technology program. The best thing about coming to NCST for your carpenter training is receiving more than instruction in that field. You’ll learn a number of trades across a diverse spectrum of disciplines. In addition to carpentry, some of these disciplines include:

  • Masonry
  • Roofing
  • Home inspection
  • Framing
  • Interior finishing
  • Exterior finishing

As you can see, our building construction school courses allow you to become an incredibly valuable asset to potential employers. Your passion may lie in carpentry, but your acquired skills will open you up for additional opportunities like masonry, roofing, general contracting, framing, drywall installation, building inspection, etc. Since being able to wear “different hats” is a worthwhile trait to have within the construction industry, attending a program that not only supplies you with expert carpentry instruction but also a whole host of other skills is certainly the way to go.

Gain Valuable Carpenter Experience

Once you secure your carpenter education that will make you an asset to any number of teams, you’ll next want to gain the kind of experience that will really open doors. You’ll certainly be starting with a strong foundation due to your building construction school education from NCST, but making sure you land a viable introductory job is vital to your future following trade school. By being a student of the New Castle School of Trades, though, you’ll have a leg up on other potential candidates because you’ll have access to NCST’s job placement assistance services. These services have been tailored to fit the needs of workers entering skilled trade positions and cover essential aspects of the postgrad job search.

Our job placement assistance services help our students with the following:

  • Resume and cover letter preparation
  • Interview preparation
  • Networking opportunities

We continue to produce graduates ready for the workforce. Our students are always in high demand by local employers.

Develop Worthwhile Skills

There are a few other areas you might want to shore up for yourself before going into the field including mathematics and physical fitness. Let’s take a moment to break these down further and explain why these traits are useful to those seeking out skilled carpentry employment.

  • Mathematics: Carpenters are often expected to be able to solve math problems with speed and accuracy. Why? To ensure that jobs are completed successfully and schedules are maintained.
  • Physical Fitness: Since being a carpenter is a labor-intensive job, being in good physical health is of the highest importance. Strength and stamina are needed to carry out many carpentry tasks. The value of good hand-eye coordination, balance, and manual dexterity cannot be overstated either.

As you can see, diversifying your skills can be greatly beneficial to your career as a carpenter. Make sure to take that into account as you work on your building construction school education.

Carpenter Job Growth

While you increase and refine your carpentry skills, you’ll certainly want to take into account the industry’s future prospects. Well, you’ll be glad to know that the Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that:

  • The field of carpentry is “projected to grow 6 percent from 2014 to 2024.”
  • With America’s infrastructure necessities, “the need to repair and replace roads and bridges should increase employment of carpenters.”
  • Additionally, “There remains a need to replace many carpenters who left the occupation since 2006. Prospective carpenters with a basic set of carpentry tools will have better prospects.”
If you have questions about our Carpenter Training or are interested in learning more, give us a call at 724-788-4417 or fill out the form on this page!