When you want to find a Christian Boarding School for boys that also offers vocational training that can lead your young boy, ages 10-17, to a successful and productive career, please consider Triangle Cross Ranch, LLC.
While enrolled at Triangle Cross Ranch, LLC, your boy will explore many vocation and job options that fit his personality and gifts, as well as learn new skills and gain valuable work experience that can lead to his best career. Here’s an example of what your boy may choose to do after enrolling in our vocational program at Triangle Cross Ranch, LLC—become a Carpenter!
Who is a Carpenter?
A carpenter works with wood and other materials to construct, install, and maintain buildings and other objects like cabinets or furniture. They can work on residential (homes, apartments, etc.), commercial (hotels, offices, etc.), and industrial (bridges, power plants, etc.) projects. 1
Carpenters tend to be predominantly realistic individuals, which means that they often enjoy working outdoors or applying themselves to a hands-on project. They also tend to be conventional, meaning that they are usually detail-oriented and organized, and like working in a structured environment. 6
There are a few different types of carpenters: rough, finish, residential, commercial, and industrial. Each type of carpenter has been formally trained and has the appropriate skill set for the part of the industry they work in.
Residential Carpenter: When it comes to homes, residential carpenters are the professionals who will install floors, cabinetry, framing, siding, and pretty much everything else that makes a house functional.
Commercial Carpenter: A commercial carpenter has to take specialized courses because they are working on larger scale buildings than homes, which means the materials they are using may be entirely different. Commercial carpenters work on structures such as schools, houses of worship, bridges, and tunnels.
Industrial Carpenter: Industrial carpenters work in industrial settings. They will build scaffolding, and they will set the forms for where the concrete will be poured. Industrial carpenters set forms for structures other than buildings, such as tunnels, bridges, sewer construction, and power plants.
Rough Carpenter: Rough carpenters are skilled in following blueprints or oral instructions to create rough structures such as scaffoldings, supports for tunnels and bridges, temporary frame shelters, and billboard structures.
Finish Carpenter: Finish carpenters are brought in on the final phase of a variety of projects. The finish carpenter installs the trim work and frames around features such as windows, walls, and staircases. The finish carpenter completes projects that need that last touch to look good and finished. 7
Because carpenters deal with various aspects of construction and they must possess the necessary skills to succeed. Some of these skills include:
Manual dexterity: A carpenter uses a variety of tools and must use them with precision and accuracy.
Mathematical skills: Carpenters typically use basic math each day to ensure that there are enough building materials and that they are the appropriate size.
Physical stamina: Carpenters may be required to work long hours handling heavy tools and building materials. They will need to be able to physically sustain themselves throughout the workday with stamina.
Physical strength: Building materials are often heavy and must be carried or repositioned. A carpenter should be strong enough to help carry and place building materials when required.
Business skills: Many carpenters are self-employed and will need to possess business skills to manage their business. This includes customer service and marketing.
Problem-solving skills: Construction and building projects do not always go according to plan. A carpenter must be able to identify potential problems for prevention and fix problems as they arise. 5
For example, carpenters often take on and complete the following tasks on-site:
Read blueprints as well as taking direction from verbal and written descriptions
General framing – Construct the wooden structure for a building (walls, floors, and doorframes)
Concrete formwork – Molds for pouring concrete
Install windows, doors and siding
Install interior finish and trim
Install cabinets and countertops
Build cabinets and other custom woodwork (mill-working)
Remodeling/repairs – Inspect and replace damaged framework or other structures and fixtures
Instruct and direct laborers/other construction helpers.
reading comprehension (follow complex written instructions)
communication (talk, listen, understand). 1
Because carpentry work demands vigorous exertion, carpenters must be physically fit, strong, and have a good sense of balance. Carpenters must able to work long hours standing, climbing, bending, and kneeling. Additionally, carpenters must be detail-oriented, with good hand-eye coordination and strong problem-solving skills. As carpentry work can be stressful, they must also be able to manage tension and handle workplace pressures. Carpentry work often involves physical risks, like falling and slipping injuries or bruises and cuts from working with sharp tools and rough, heavy materials. Weather conditions and exposure can also pose dangers for carpenters working outdoors. 4
Other basic requirements one must complete in order to become a carpenter include having a high school degree, or GED. This ensures that you have the basic math and communication skills needed to get started in the trade. One of the most common ways to enter the field is through a formal trade apprenticeship program. 2
All carpenters must also pass the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) 10-hour safety course. 4
How to Learn Carpentry:
Carpenters typically learn on the job or through apprenticeships. They often begin doing simple tasks, such as measuring and cutting wood, under the guidance of experienced carpenters or other construction workers. They then progress to more complex tasks, such as reading blueprints and building wooden structures.
Another way to begin is to get some hands-on experience by working under a carpenter. This can happen on-site, as a carpenter’s assistant, or in a carpenter’s work-shop, or a school’s trade shop. While learning to work with your hands, you can also grow your knowledge of work-working through educational videos online.
So, you can start your training through an apprenticeship, a trade school, or a community college, then complete an apprenticeship, and become a journeyman carpenter. 7
Carpentry vocational benefits:
The job outlook for carpenters is strong. Employment is expected to increase by 8% between 2018 and 2028, which is higher than the national average of 5% for all occupations.
Median pay in 2020: $49,520 per year, $23.81 per hour. 3
Carpenters held about 1.0 million jobs in 2019. The largest employers of carpenters were as follows:
Self-employed workers 28%
Residential building construction 21%
Nonresidential building construction 13%
Building finishing contractors 12%
Foundation, structure, and building exterior contractors 10%
The field of carpentry offers many opportunities for employment and advancement for workers with solid educational backgrounds and training. As work and educational experiences enhance your skill sets, you may earn the chance to advance to more responsibility and a higher salary. For example, you could be promoted to a general construction supervisor position within a larger construction company.
Many carpenters also become independent contractors after acquiring adequate funds, skills, and tools. Additionally, carpenters with specialized or versatile skills often enjoy expansive job opportunities. 4
Where to Learn Carpentry Skills
Triangle Cross Ranch, LLC Vocational Training Program in rural WY, helps young boys take control of their lives and develop independence. Young boys develop a wide variety of job skills in various industries, as well as build a foundation in general life skills. We believe that our long-term residential ranch environment and western “Cowboy Culture” promotes honesty, integrity, responsibility and determination.
That’s why we offer young boys hands-on exposure to a variety of vocational skills training such as: agriculture management, crop irrigation, carpentry, welding, heavy equipment operations, mechanics, horsemanship/horse training, and animal husbandry.
Call to learn more about our program for boys, ages 10-17 years old, in Powell, Wyoming. We accept young boys year-round. Call us at (307) 645-3322 today!!