40-Carpenters and joiners

Job Title: 

Carpenters and joiners

Job Description: 

Construct, repair, restore, and install structural woodwork and related materials.


Carpenters and joiners cut, shape, assemble, erect, maintain and repair various types of structures and fittings made from wood and other materials. Carpenters typically work on-site building, repairing and installing structures such as foundations, walls, roofs, windows, stairways, and doors in large and small buildings. Joiners typically install cabinets, furniture, shelves, siding, drywall and batt or roll insulation. Also included are those such as brattice builders who build doors or brattices (ventilation walls or partitions) in underground passageways. Some may do both or all.


Job activities and tasks include:

  • making, altering and repairing structural and other woodwork at a work-bench and on a construction site
  • constructing, erecting and installing heavy-framed wooden structures on building sites
  • fitting, assembling and altering internal and external fixtures of buildings, such as walls, doors, door and window frames, facings and panelling
  • making, repairing and fitting scenic equipment for theatrical performances, motion picture or television productions
  • constructing, assembling, altering and repairing wooden fixtures and fittings in train coaches, aircraft, ships, boats, floats, and other vehicles

Knowledge of laws, regulations, standards and codes of the UAE and specific Emirates related to the industry sector and more general subjects including OHSE and cultural understanding and awareness

  • Knowledge of tools, equipment, and materials common to the carpentry trade
  • Knowledge of cabinet-making techniques
  • Knowledge of principles of drafting in the interpretation and production of sketches, including survey and plot plans, architectural, mechanical, and electrical drawings
  • Knowledge of materials, construction processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective construction of structures buildings and facilities
  • Knowledge of principles of energy conservation in residential, commercial and industrial structures buildings and facilities
  • Knowledge of the interdependence between and among other occupations on a site, and effects on project completion if not facilitated appropriately
  • Using mathematics to solve problem
  • Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems
  • Skills in the construction, repair, restoration, and installation of wood or related materials
  • Ability to estimate time and materials needed for assigned work projects
  • Using of proprietary and general carpentry and woodwork software applications and management information systems
  • Actively looking for ways to help people
  • Monitoring/Assessing performance of oneself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action
  • Flexibility to work effectively in a variety of situations and adapt to new ways of doing things
  • Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one
  • Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience including understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents
  • Information Communications Technology - Knowledge and use of relevant industry sector IT applications and programs
  • Time Management - Managing one?s own time and the time of others
  • Team work or individual - job may require him to work alone or in conjunction with other support or related personnel
  • Work Context: 

    Typically, work on-site - industrial, commercial or residential building or in a workshop location, and maybe very mobile going from job to job, and from building highways and bridges to installing kitchen cabinets, they may work both indoors and out.


    Secondary School Certificate, Certificate in carpentry and joinery, higher qualification or equivalent.

    Required Work Experience: 

    3 - 4 years and above.

    Probable Employers: 

    Tawazun, Mubadala, Arabtec Construction

    Occupational Size: 
    More than 30,000
    Expected Earnings: 

    Above the industry average

    Projected Growth: 
    Very good
    Alternate Titles: 

    Examples of job titles:
    Carpenter - Finish Carpenter - Framer - Joiner - Shipwright (wood)
    Examples of some related occupations:
    Cabinet maker - Wheelwright - Building contractor - Construction carpenters

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    Source Of Info: 
    Occupations and Careers Handbook for UAE Nationals(Copyright NQA ). Referenced from New York University, Abu Dhabhi