Contractors and supervisors, carpentry trades (NOC 7204)

About this job

Supervisors in the carpentry trades oversee the work of carpenters and cabinetmakers. Contractors own and operate their own carpentry-related businesses.

Common job titles
  • carpenter-contractor
  • foreperson, carpenters
  • foreperson, general building construction
  • foreperson, ship joiners / ship builders
  • foreperson, wood frame building


In general, contractors and supervisors in the carpentry trades:

  • Supervise and co-ordinate the activities of carpenters and cabinetmakers
  • Set up schedules and co-ordinate work with other departments
  • Order materials
  • Solve work problems and recommend ways to improve productivity
  • Train or arrange training for workers
  • Determine or provide input into hirings and promotions 
  • Enforce safety standards
  • Prepare reports and paperwork

They may also supervise and co-ordinate the activities of apprentices, helpers and labourers. In addition, those who are self-employed manage their company’s operations.

Work environment

Supervisors in the carpentry trades work for construction companies, carpentry contractors and maintenance departments in industry. They also work for custom furniture and fixture manufacturing and repair companies. Contractors own and operate their own carpentry-related businesses.

Supervisors and contractors usually work in offices and workshops. They visit indoor and outdoor job sites in residential, commercial and industrial settings. Work areas can be noisy and dusty, with loud machinery and tools as well as fumes from chemical products.

Because less carpentry work is available in the winter, contractors and supervisors in many areas of B.C. tend to be busier from spring through fall.

Insights from industry

Demand for carpentry work relies on growth in the construction industry and any slowdown in residential construction reduces opportunities for supervisors and contractors.

New technologies, such as computer-controlled equipment and computer-based systems for design, estimating and cost control, are increasing productivity in the trades. So are new, more efficient methods, such as pre-manufactured cabinets and fixtures.

Being able to see the results of this work can make being a part of the carpentry trades a very rewarding career.

Career paths and resources

Career paths

Workers in carpentry often move between various jobs within the trade. Movement between trades, however, is less common.

Experienced supervisors may go on to become self-employed contractors.

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