$12 - $20/ hour



At a glance

  • Works primarily on residential sites, in crews of three or four persons— their job begins after a building's foundation has been poured
  • Designs the layout of all walls, floors, windows, and doors, ensuring the building looks as the architect / draftsperson / homeowner envisions it
  • Installs the floor joists, interior and exterior walls, and the roof trusses. May also install the exterior doors and windows
  • Work primarily with dimensional lumber, such as 2x4s or 2x6s, and "sheathing" plywood or other sheet material, used for exterior walls, floors, and roofs
  • Framers must work in all kinds of weather

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 Framer 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?
  • 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.


To enter this field, you must be:

  • 16 years or older (may need parental consent to work on construction site)
  • High school grad or mature student with equivalent academic standing
  • Recommended high school courses: English, Math, Science, and Construction courses

Available Training:

  • High School Vocational Programming
  • Post-Secondary Education
  • Private Vocational Institutions
  • On-the-job training

Manitoba Institute of Trades and Technology (MITT), in partnership with Manitoba Home Builders' Association (MHBA) and Manitoba Construction Sector Council (MCSC) is offering the first Residential Framing course in Manitoba.

What you will learn:
  • Framing Fundamentals
  • Trade Safety Awareness
  • Essential Employability Skills (reading, measurement, document use, communication, physical dexterity, working from heights, and working with others)
This Course includes:
  • 8 week in-class instruction (theory and practice)
  • 4 week work practicum experience
  • Hands-on practice in our large well equipped classroom and workshop
Course Schedule:
Dates: February 27 - May 19, 2017 (12 weeks in total)
Days: Monday - Friday evenings
Time: 4:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Tuition Fee: $2400.00 (textbooks are included)
Registration Deadline: February 20, 2017
Entrance Requirements:

Applicants should have successfully completed credits from a Canadian school or equivalent:

  • Grade 12 Math (40S)
  • Grade 12 English Language Arts (40S)
  • English Language Proficiency (if educated outside Canada)

Visit MITT to learn more and apply!

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