Nathan Harvey 30


Carpenter


I was always building things as a kid.  When I was about 12 my dad helped us build a treehouse that was so amazing they showed it in our newspaper. It had real doors and windows and a roof with shingles. Now I’m 30 and I’m still building things and I wouldn’t want to be doing anything else. I love working with tools and it’s incredibly satisfying when all the parts fit together perfectly.  I think I was just born to be a carpenter. I got my first job with a concrete contractor and spent a couple of years building formwork for sidewalks and small concrete structures.  It was a good job and it paid pretty well but I wanted a bit more variety so I got hired by a big home builder and entered a carpenter apprenticeship program.  I figured I already knew how to do the work but the starting pay as an apprentice was already more than I was making and when I was done I would be making more than I’d ever imagined. Plus, it gave me some job security for the future.  I have to admit I learned a lot during my apprenticeship. I do everything now, whatever they need.  One day it might be putting in some floor beams or sub-flooring and the next day I might be putting in some stairs or French doors.  I’m outside a lot, active and I’m doing what I want to do. You can’t ask for much more than that.
What to Expect
Nathan Harvey

Carpenter

I was always building things as a kid.  When I was about 12 my dad helped us build a treehouse that was so amazing they showed it in our newspaper. It had real doors and windows and a roof with shingles. Now I’m 30 and I’m still building things and…
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Carpenter
Essentials Skills


  • Reading Text
  • Document Use
  • Measurements & Calculations
  • Oral Communication
  • Critical Thinking
Financial Expectation

Carpenter

Education Roadmap

Carpenter

Career ETA: 5 years

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