Sector: Architecture and Construction, Skilled Trades
Type: Career Profile
Industrial Arts, Math, Technology & Engineering
What I enjoy about my career is that I’m working in a field that was once thought as only for men. I like the fact that I’m helping show that both men and women can be carpenters. And, at the end of the day, being able to look at your finished product, of what you have built, and say you built that is a great feeling of accomplishment.
I wanted to be a carpenter since I started high school. I love working with my hands. I’m also very mathematically inclined and love the outdoors. These are all key components of working as a carpenter. I also had two uncles that are carpenters and my dad was always a handyman around the house. I was always there with him; wanting to learn what he was doing. I took a skilled trade’s class in high school and that made me want to pursue this career even more. I attended the Carpenter Millwright College where I learned the basics of carpentry. I then went to work as an apprentice. I worked on jobs with experienced carpenters where I applied what I had learned in school to the job site. I got to practice and develop my skills and was paid for doing it! I’m currently a second year Carpenter working towards my Journeyperson, Red Seal certificate.
I would say go for it! Even if it turns out you don’t like this type of work it's still an amazing skill to have for life.
I enjoy going to the gym, playing volleyball and being physically active. I love going hunting, listening to live music, being on an all-terrain vehicle (ATV). I volunteer to help spread the word about the great jobs available in the skilled trades, especially for women.
A typical workday as a carpenter involves using a lot of math and technology. I use math to figure out how much material I’ll need for the project. I also use math for such things as calculating the angle for the roof trusses to building the stairs. There's also a lot of technology involved too. This could be the different powered and unpowered tools such as those used to make angles, cut materials, and attach two objects together.
When I was
- Business & Economics
- Computer Science
- Physical Education / Health
- Other: Skill Trades class
- Enjoyed doing things on my own
- Always wanted to be outside
- Liked helping people
- Played on a sports team
- Enjoyed working with my hands
- Was motivated by success
- Wanted to be in charge
- Liked being given free range to explore my ideas
- Engaged in volunteer activities
- Felt great satisfaction in getting good grades
- Always knew what I wanted to do
- Liked to take things apart to see how they worked
- Engaged in activities such as fishing
- Learned Best by Doing