Measure twice. Cut once. Not just good life advice, it’s the secret of today’s featured career:
the carpenter. Hi! Devon? That’s me. Nice to meet you. Do you want to come grab some safety stuff
and we’ll go out there? Sounds good. There’s many different ways of being a carpenter. I mean, you could frame houses,
you could finish houses. Us more commercial guys,
we are mainly concrete. We would dig the hole,
build the footings, pour the concrete in the footings,
form all of the walls. You have to lay out where all the bolts go for all the posts and all the beams and all that kind of stuff. Once the actual building starts going up is when we leave because
it’s mostly steel these days. I’m out there with the guys all day
building with them, but basically I’m the one
that interprets the plans for them. Or, if there is a discrepancy in the plans, I’m the one that has to find out
which one is the right one. So, this is your work site? Uh, yeah we got our footings done, just ready to pour concrete tomorrow. What are your hours like? At winter time, usually 8 to 4:30. Summer time we like to start a little bit earlier. I always kind of had a thing for carpentry. My dad is a carpenter. I was always around it.
I like building things. I like working with my hands. I went to school, did my entire apprenticeship, so I have a journeyman ticket. Full-time classes from 8 in the morning till 2:30 every day for six weeks straight. First year is general structure.
How a building goes up. Second year is mostly concrete work. Third year gets in the roof framing,
that kind of thing. Fourth year is kind of a general
overview of all of it again. It’s not so much the schooling, it’s the amount of hours. You need 6,500 hours in order to get your ticket and that’s on-site working hours. Okay, Devon, what are we looking at? This would be a footing. You need a footing in order
to put a wall on top of it it. In here? The wall will be, actually, right through the middle of where these two two-by-fours are. You have to be reasonably good at math. On this site that we have now, all of the dimensions for the building itself is in imperial and all the elevations for, as to where to put the footings, is in metric. So now, if your calculations are off, your measurements are off, what, who, what are the repercussions? Well, it all depends. On the footing itself—this outside
edge—if you’re a little bit off, it’s not really that big of a deal because the wall is going through the middle. Okay. Put out all of our marks
on here for where all the columns are going for all the structural steel. Okay. If that’s off, it could be a problem. You have to be able to look at a set of drawings and know what the building is going to look like before you start building anything. Visualize, I suppose, if you would. We get all of our marks on here for,
as for where the structural steel is off of all these strings that
you see over, above our heads. Surveyor shoots in all the marks that we put on all these lockboxes. We pull springs through, and that’s basically what keeps the building square. You have to be good with tools. You have to know how to, obviously, how to use skill saws and all that kind of stuff. Nice. It’s that easy. Looks pretty straightforward. One of the general misconceptions of a carpenter is that all we do is build furniture. There’s a lot more things you could do as a carpenter. Go to the mill and build scaffold, form concrete. You can do more fire and water damage work. It’s all up to you. There’s plenty of options, for sure. If carpentry is something you want to get
into or any trade for that matter, I would advise you to at least try it first. Try and get on a job site. Try and be a labourer. Get on a job site where there is
more than just carpenters, or, you know, electricians and plumbers are there. If you’re a labourer, you can see what everybody is doing and choose from there
which route you’d like to take. Okay. Holding onto the wood. Line it up. Looks pretty good. Nice. Well done. I think I could be a carpenter. The most rewarding thing is that I get to leave work every day and actually
physically see what I’ve done, which I think is the best part. Thanks so much, Devon. I had a lot of fun today. Yeah, no problem. Thanks for coming out. I’m Viviana and this is Career Trek, reminding you that this career could be yours. See you next time.