Measure, cut and shape wood, plastic, fiberglass and drywall. Specialize in many different kinds of construction: private homes and commercial buildings, highways and bridges, skyscrapers and power plants. Carpenters understand how math, geometry, and physics are important for construction, and often weave art and design into their work as well!

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A Typical Day

  • Study specifications in blueprints, sketches, or building plans to prepare project layout and determine dimensions and materials required.
  • Measure and mark cutting lines on materials.
  • Shape or cut materials to specified measurements, using hand tools, machines, or power saws.
  • Install structures or fixtures, such as windows, frames, floorings, trim, or hardware, using carpenters' hand or power tools.
  • Build or repair cabinets, doors, frameworks, floors, or other wooden fixtures used in buildings.
  • Remove damaged or defective parts or sections of structures and repair or replace.

Recommended Credentials

Vocational school training or apprenticeship 

RecommendedBuilder License

Education & Training

Regional employers often hire graduates of these programs.


Northwest Lower Michigan


Northwestern Michigan College
- Construction Technology: Carpentry Technology 

Elsewhere in Michigan


Many great local options!

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Try it before you buy it!

The Local Advantage Learning Pathway

Pathway 1

Northwest Education Services (formerly TBAISD) Career Tech Center - Construction Trades 

Pathway 2

Apply to Northwestern Michigan College's Carpentry Technology program 

- Become licensed in in the state of Michigan 

Pathway 3

Specialize to increase opportunities and wages:

  • LEED Green Associate
  • Residential Builder License

Sample Employers in Our Region

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Contact one of these companies and ask for an informational interview, to see if you can job shadow, or to find out if they hire interns.


Sample Job Titles...

  • Assembler
  • Cabinet Maker
  • Carpenter Foreman

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