Carpenters build, assemble, install, finish, and repair wooden and metal structures and fixtures for both residential and commercial buildings. Carpenters can also work on massive concrete, steel, and wood constructions including bridges, dams, power plants, and civil engineering projects.
Work practices in carpentry have had some significant skills changes with innovations in technology such as advanced manufacturing practices, e.g., laser cutting, 3D printing and BIM (Building Information Modelling) that will result in future jobs requiring higher levels of digital literacy.
On-site assembly of prefabricated and modular components has required construction supervisors and workers to learn new skills. On-site installation skills in prefabricated and modular building, as well as updated workplace health and safety in new construction, are becoming increasingly important. The changes have been driven by Modern Methods of Construction from manufacturing now used in the construction industry, such as modular drop-ins, and smart work practices.