Carpenters cut, shape, and install building materials in order to construct and maintain office buildings, factories, and other structures. Carpenters working on commercial projects put up framing, drywall, insulation, flooring and roofing and may choose to involve themselves with cabinetry and interior trim work. When it comes to industrial projects, carpenters typically build and install concrete formwork and bracing.Clic para leer en espanol
Carpenters are also known as Woodworkers and Cabinetmakers
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MAREK Drywall Sales Manager Roland Mercier recently wrote about MAREK Houston's participation in the remodel of the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral with General Contractor Satterfield and Pontikes. MAREK's turnkey contract included framing, sheathing, roof trusses, rough carpentry, and thermal insulation, along with drywall, paint, acoustical plaster, and ceilings.
Will Holder, recently retired president of Trendmaker Homes, said cabinet makers are at capacity in Houston right now trying to fill orders for homes damaged by Harvey as well as tending to a pre-existing backlog.
The 2016 ABC National Craft Championships (NCC) in Fort Lauderdale, Florida was a two-day competition last March between over 200 craft profession trainees and students. While the competitors were participating in the hands-on portion of the challenge, I talked with a VP from the Mississippi Construction Education Foundation, a Project Manager for one of the craft competitions at the NCC, the Chair of ABC Illinois, and the ABC Vice President of EH&S and Workforce Development.
Beard praised the managers, coaches, and supervisors for truly living up to the phrase “employees are our most valuable asset.” He said that at Marek this is not just talk; it is action. He said their leadership helps each employee feel engaged with their work, which leads to the overall success of the company. The employees are given the help and the tools needed to be successful, and are taught to be committed to do quality work.
To really send the ball home, each year there are 61,000 students in the SkillsUSA architecture and construction cluster and approximately 30,000 of them graduate annually. Think about those numbers the next time you are looking for talent. Whether you need to fill three or three hundred positions, SkillsUSA is a great place to start your search. Each state has a director who can help you find schools in your area.
For as high as these salaries are, the reality is that what skilled craft professionals earn is typically far greater. The salaries listed in NCCER’s survey are average base salaries, not including overtime, per diem, bonuses or other incentives. Construction is known for having plenty of overtime and travel opportunities as well as bonuses. Not to mention, many contractors also have incentives in which they pay for employee training, vacation time, retirement plans, cell phones, vehicle allowances and/or per diem or housing depending on the length of a project.