Position: Carpenter
Department: Corporate Office
Reports to: Site Foreperson/ Foreperson
Supervises: N/A

Position Summary

Reporting to the Foreperson, the Carpenter works as part of the crew and offers an intermediate to advanced understanding of carpentry fundamentals in residential, commercial, and industrial settings. Areas where the incumbent will support include building foundations, installing floor beams, laying sub-flooring and installing walls and roofing systems—fitting and installing trim, doors, stairs, molding and hardware and measuring, cutting and joining materials made of wood or wood substitutes.

Key Result Areas

Safety & Compliance, Rough Carpentry/Framing, Finishing, Reading Blueprints & Plans

Specific Accountabilities

1. Safety

The Carpenter II supports a safe work culture and is responsible for understanding and accepting the role’s importance and legal liability.

This includes:

  • Knowing and understanding the requirements of the OHSA
  • Knowing, understanding, communicating and ensuring compliance with the OHSA, and company safety policies and procedures
  • Participate in the mandatory safety toolbox meetings
  • Ensuring completion of initial safety and hazard assessments
  • Participating in safety/incident investigations
  • Ensuring that vehicle and equipment checks are carried out

2. Rough Carpentry

The incumbent will complete the rough carpentry or framing aspects, working with many projects outdoors and using unfinished wood and other building materials.

This includes:

  • Cut or saw boards, timbers, or plywood to the required size, using a handsaw, power saw, or woodworking machine.
  • Assemble and fasten material together to construct the wood or metal framework of the structure, using bolts, nails, or screws.
  • Anchor and brace forms and other structures in place, using nails, bolts, anchor rods, steel cables, planks, wedges, and timbers.
  • Erect forms, framework, scaffolds, hoists, roof supports, or chutes, using hand tools, plumb rule, and level.
  • Install rough door and window frames, subflooring, fixtures, or temporary supports in structures undergoing construction or repair.
  • Examine structural timbers and supports to detect decay and replace timbers as required, using hand tools, nuts, and bolts.
  • Bore bolt holes in timber, masonry or concrete walls using a power drill.
  • Dig or direct digging of post holes and set poles to support structures.
  • Build sleds from logs and timbers for use in hauling camp buildings and machinery through wooded areas.
  • Build chutes for pouring concrete.

3. Finishing

The Carpenter II will support all the work done inside a house after framing, sheathing, wiring, plumbing, insulation, and drywall have been installed. This includes door and window installation and trim, fitting interior doors, wood and laminate flooring installation, wainscoting, crown molding and cabinet installation.

This includes:

  • uilding and installing cabinets, such as kitchen cabinets and under-stair cabinets
  • Install wainscoting, baseboards, door trim, and other final touches
  • Building and installing stair railings
  • Installing interior doors such as pocket doors and checking that the doors are aligned correctly and open and close the way they should
  • Building shelves, other storage solutions, and furniture

4. Reading Blueprints & Plans

The Carpenter II is required to visualize the plans from the perspective of the broader project and must be able to accurately interpret the information following the visualization delving into the drawings noting the information pertinent to your scope of work.

This includes:

  • Study blueprints and diagrams to determine dimensions of structure or form be constructed.
  • Measure materials or distances using square, measuring tape, or rules to layout work.
  • Support the Materials Take-Off (MTO) process as required.

Minimum Hiring Qualifications and Experience

  • 3 + years’ experience in the field
  • Working towards their journeyman carpenter certification is an asset
  • Knowledgeable in the use and application of tools and materials for job completion
  • Construction / Restoration experience preferred
  • Understanding of customer service, principles, and practices
  • Eligible to operate a motor vehicle per company vehicle policy
  • Ability to work within a team or independently as needed
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Proven ability to multi-task in a fast-paced environment

Knowledge, Skills & Attitude

Knows – and understands how to:

  • Company and project safety programs
  • Occupational Health and Safety and environmental issues
  • WSIB and insurance provisions
  • Employment standards and company policies
  • How to read plans

Skills – has the ability to:

  • Effectively communicate orally and in writing, with good comprehension
  • Apply good problem solving and conflict resolution skills
  • Manage differences and diversity at the worksite

Attitude – shows that they:

  • Are ready to take on new challenges and is willing to learn
  • Has good work ethic
  • Can adjust to change
  • Can be a role model and one who leads by example
  • Are a team player
  • Takes responsibility
  • Are honest and acts with integrity

Working Conditions

  • Multi-tasking environment with deadlines
  • Self-Directing/self-management
  • Ability to occasionally travel to other locations for meetings and events
  • Frequent lifting from 5-40 lbs, unassisted (from 35-65% of the time)
  • Occasional lifting from 41 lbs +, assisted (up to 50% of the time)
  • Access and mobility in tight spaces
  • Fit Testing – half and full-face mask as needed; annual certification required
  • Working at Heights – over 5 feet, periodically
  • Sustained periods of standing, sitting, walking, bending, and kneeling
  • Work outside in conditions that may include

Probationary Period

The probationary period for this position is three months.

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