Contractors and supervisors, carpentry trades (NOC 7204)

About this job

This group includes carpentry and cabinetmaking trade contractors who own and operate their own businesses. It also includes supervisors who supervise and coordinate the activities of workers classified in the following groups:

These workers are employed by construction companies, carpentry contractors,  maintenance departments of industrial establishments and custom furniture and fixture manufacturing or repair companies.

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


Contractors and supervisors in this group perform some or all of the following duties:

  • supervise, coordinate and schedule the activities of carpenters who build, renovate and maintain structures of wood and other building materials and build and install interior finishing in residential, commercial and industrial buildings; and of cabinetmakers who construct and repair custom wooden cabinets, furniture, fixtures and related products
  • set up methods to meet work schedules and coordinate work activities with other departments
  • order materials and supplies
  • solve work problems and recommend work measures to improve productivity
  • train or arrange for training of workers
  • recommend personnel actions such as hirings and promotions
  • make sure standards for safe working conditions are met
  • prepare schedules and other reports
  • may manage the operations of own company
  • may also supervise, coordinate and schedule the activities of related apprentices, helpers and labourers

Work environment

Key aspects of the work in this occupation:

  • Work generally takes place indoors in a setting that may be noisy.
  • Work also takes place outdoors in various weather conditions.

Career paths and resources

Career paths

There is some movement among jobs within a specific trade; however, there is little or no intertrade movement.

Additional resources

Additional resources are not currently available for this career.