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Carpenters and Math Carpentry is a job that consists of a lot of on-the-job training and involves a great deal of mathematics The trade consists of measuring estimating and many other math related skills Carpenters learn their trade through on-the-job training as well as formal training programs that consists of mostly math and algebraic work Most pick up skills informally by working under the supervision of experienced workers Many acquire skills through vocational education Others participate in employer training programs or apprenticeships Most employers recommend an apprenticeship as the best way to learn carpentry Because they say doing it is the best way to learn the trade On the job apprentices learn elementary structural design and become familiar with common carpentry jobs such as layout form-building rough framing and outside and inside finishing witch all involve many different types of math They also learn to use the tools machines equipment and materials of the trade Apprentices receive classroom instruction in safety first aid blueprint reading freehand sketching basic mathematics and different carpentry techniques Both in the classroom and on the job they learn the relationship between carpentry and the other building trades A high school education is desirable including courses in carpentry shop mechanical drawing and general mathematics Manual dexterity eye-hand coordination physical fitness and a good sense of balance are important The ability to solve arithmetic problems quickly and accurately is also helpful Employers and apprenticeship committees generally view favorably any training and work experience obtained in the Armed Services or Job Corps Carpenters may advance to carpentry supervisors or general construction supervisors Carpenters usually have greater opportunities than most other construction workers to become general construction supervisors because carpenters are exposed to the entire construction process Some carpenters become independent contractors To advance these workers should be able to estimate the nature and quantity of materials needed to properly complete a job In addition they must be able to
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