Carpenter assistants or carpenter helpers are semi-skilled individuals who work alongside carpenters in a support role. Their job is to make sure that carpenters are provided with the right type of tools and supplies, so that the project that they are working on, progresses smoothly.
But handing tools and supplies is not the only work of a carpenter assistant. He or she is also required to oversee inventory of carpentry supplies and equipment to make sure that everything is in order.
To qualify to work as a carpenter assistant, you have to possess a high school diploma or a GED equivalent – no formal degrees are required.
However, one has to possess exceptional skills in handling carpentry work, which means an apprenticeship experience in a prior position will come in handy.
Many times, carpenters show their assistants the ropes where not too complicated projects are concerned and let them do the finishing themselves, occasionally checking their work to see that they are following instructions properly.
It is imperative for carpenter assistants to be highly skilled in reading and understanding plans and blueprints, from which they are required to work.
In addition to this, it is important that they are physically dexterous, as working in this capacity requires much in terms of hard physical work. To see what duties are particular to this position, have a look at the following list:
Carpenter Assistant Duties & Responsibilities
• Take instructions from carpenters to determine the day’s work, and obtain plans and blueprints for each project.
• Study blueprints to assess required tools, equipment, and supplies, and make arrangements to have them procured.
• Set up and calibrate carpentry equipment at the beginning of the shift, ensuring that it is working correctly.
• Acquire supplies such as wood, glue, and nails, after making sure that they are the right types and sizes.
• Follow instructions to saw or cut wood pieces according to provided instructions for each project.
• Set aside cut or chopped wood for use in projects, and follow instructions to apply glue mixtures.
• Assist carpenters in putting wood planks together by holding them in position, and nailing and gluing them properly.
• Hammer in nails and fit screws according to provided instructions, and ensure that any loose nails or broken ones are replaced immediately.
• Assist in placing woodwork in required places so that it can be installed properly.
• Gather all supplies and tools at the end of the day, and ensure that they are put away in a safe and accessible place.
• Oversee inventory of supplies and tools, and communicate low stock situations to the carpenter.