$39,520 - $62,400



At a glance

Carpenters are vital to any construction job. They may build footings, forms, and scaffolds or frame and finish a building. Carpenters are involved in the construction of every kind of building as well as structures like bridges and tunnels. This work involves laying out, cutting, and shaping materials, according to blueprints or instructions from a supervisor. While carpenters are trained in all aspects of the trade, some choose to specialize in one area of carpentry such as finishing work or building scaffolding.

Career Video(s)

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Source: Manitoba Construction Sector Council

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Work environment

Work environments for construction careers can be located outdoors or indoors or both. Work hours may vary as well. Some positions are seasonal while others are all year round, but part-time. Other positions are project-based and may require you to work full-time until the project is complete. And, of course there are careers that have full-time hours all year round.

Below is a list of workplaces where you might find opportunities to gain apprenticeship hours and/or experience. (Source: Apprenticeship Manitoba Handbook and Manitoba Prospects)

  • Construction companies
  • Carpentry contractors
  • Construction contractors
  • Wood product manufacturers
  • Maintenance departments of large institutions and factories
  • Governments
  • Self employed

Mini Skills Assessment

If you answer YES to the questions below, then a career as a Carpenter might be a great fit for you!

  • Do you have strong math skills?
  • Do you work well with your hands?
  • Are you good at problem solving?
  • Do you have good balance?
  • Are you a good communicator?
  • Are you in good shape?

Essential Skills Profiles

The Government of Canada Job Bank has identified Nine Literacy and Essential Skills (Reading, Writing, Document Use, Numeracy, Computer Use, Thinking, Oral Communication, Working with Others, and Continuous Learning).

Below you will find links to the Essential Skills Profiles for this occupation and/or related ones.


Below you will find the annual salaries for apprentices and journeypersons for a Carpenter.

Minimum for Apprentices

Skills Booklet 2016, Skills Canada/Manitoba


Average for Journey Persons

Skills Booklet 2016, Skills Canada/Manitoba

$58,240 - $62,400

For more information on apprenticeship wages, visit

Every year, the Industrial, Commercial and Institutional (ICI) Construction Sector releases Minimum Wage Schedules for Manitoba. Below are the minimum wage rates for this career

Minimum Wage RateJanuary 1, 2017 or after



Note: To receive the most up-to-date information about satisfying apprenticeship level requirements, contact Apprentice Manitoba or visit


Program Length (Minimum Years)

4 years

Level Requirements

Required Hours for each level (L)

L1: 1, 800 hours L2: 1, 800 hours

L3: 1, 800 hours L4: 1, 800 hours

Technical Training/Year (weeks in class)

Y1: 8 weeks Y2: 8 weeks Y3: 9 weeks Y4: 8 weeks

Additional Licensing


Trades Qualification Requirements (minimum experience required)

Minimum years of experience required

(within last 10 years)

6 years

Minimum hours experience required

10, 800 hours

Practical Exam required


Compulsory Apprenticeship/Certificate of Qualifications required to work


Red Seal Trade available


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