Oportunidades en el Programa de Aprendizaje Industria y Construcción
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Module 1: Módulo 1: Introducción a la Carpintería

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Scope of Carpentry
The scope of carpentry has expanded in modern times with use of synthetic building materials and ever improving tools.

Today’s carpenters must not only know about wood, but also about materials such as particleboard, wall-board, suspended ceiling, tile, plastic, laminates.

They must also know how to use many modern tools, fasteners, construction techniques, and how to follow safety procedures.

Working in Commercial and Residential Sectors

The duties of a carpenter can vary significantly from one job to another.

A carpenter who works for a commercial contractor may work primarily with concrete, steel and preformed building materials.

A carpenter who does residential work is more likely to work with wood frame construction and wood finish materials, but will also encounter an increasing variety of preformed and prefabricated building materials.

Carpentry in the Construction Industry
In the construction industry, carpentry is commonly divided into two categories: rough and finish.

Examples of rough carpentry include erecting frameworks, scaffolds, and wooden forms for concrete, as well as building docks, bridges, and supports for tunnel and sewers.

Finish carpentry includes building stairs; installing doors, cabinets, wood paneling; and molding and putting up acoustical tiles.

Skilled carpenters do both rough and finish work.

Carpenters also use powder-actuated and pneumatic tools, and operate power equipment such as personal lifts, equipment and material lifts, and small earth-moving machines.

You will learn more about the various tools and construction methods used by carpenters in other modules of this course.

Challenges Faced by Modern-day Carpenters
As with other building trades, a carpenter's work is active and sometimes strenuous. Prolonged standing, climbing, and squatting are often necessary.

Many carpenters work outside, under adverse weather conditions. They also risk injury from slips or falls, from contact with sharp tools and power equipment.

Being new to the trade increases the chance of being injured.

Challenges Faced by Modern-day Carpenters

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1. Rely on the knowledge of more experienced workers
2. Learn applicable safety procedures
3. Wear appropriate protective equipment

Basic Skill Set of a Modern-day Carpenter
In order to be successful in the carpentry trade, a person should possess the following:

• Physical strength to lift and move materials
• Hand-eye coordination to use tools
• Ability to perform math calculations in order to estimate materials and lay out the structure
• Attention to detail in order to accurately measure and cut building material

Above all, a carpenter must be a responsible person with a high degree of concern for the safety of workers and the quality of the work.

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