Lead Carpenter

Position Overview

The Lead Carpenter is completely responsible for the successful completion of the job, which includes being on time, on budget, and maintaining a high level of quality. In addition to being excellent framing and finish carpenters, they should exhibit good judgment, high ethical standards, good oral and written communication skills, and strong leadership abilities. It is expected that the Lead Carpenter can effectively build up to 2 projects at a time. It is expected that the Lead Carpenter will play an active role in the education of Carpenters and Apprentice Carpenters.

Work Experience Requirements

5 years of hands-on residential construction work.

Educational Requirements

High School, some college, or trade school is desirable.

Continued Education

Merrick strongly encourages personal growth and will provide access to classes, trade journals, trade shows, and specialized training for all our team members.

  • Earn & maintain a Professional Remodeling Organization (PRO), PLC Professional Lead Carpenter certification.
  • Study and adapt to new construction methods.
  • Stay as current as possible on the codes that affect your work.

Required Skills, Knowledge & Abilities

  • Plan reading
  • Scheduling
  • Basic computer skills (Microsoft & BuilderTrend)
  • Extensive rough carpentry experience and knowledge including layout knowledge of foundations, rafters, and stairs.
  • Extensive finish carpentry experience and knowledge including trim, cabinetry installation, and interior finishes.
  • Good working knowledge of all related building trades.
  • The ability to teach others.
  • State Driver’s License and clean driving record.
  • Fluent English
  • Fluent Spanish

Physical Requirements

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.

  • This position requires the ability to perform physically demanding work on a consistent basis.
  • Body Positions: standing, sitting, climbing kneeling, squatting, ability to lift 100 lbs.
  • Body Movements: Carrying, use of hands, eyes and arms, and voice.

Professional Qualities


  • Challenges others to develop as leaders while serving as a role model and mentor.
  • Inspires coworkers to attain goals and pursue excellence.
  • Identifies opportunities for improvement and makes constructive suggestions for change.


  • Consistently acknowledges and appreciates each team member’s contributions.
  • Effectively utilizes and works with each team member to his/her fullest potential.
  • Motivates team to work together in the most efficient manner.

Client Management/Relations

  • Develops lasting relationships with clients and fosters client ties.
  • Continually seeks opportunities to increase customer satisfaction and deepen client relationships.


All team members are responsible for effective communication between all members of the team.

  • Effectively communicate relevant project information to other team members.
  • Answer or respond to missed calls as quickly as possible during normal business hours.
  • Voice mailbox must remain empty to allow for messages.
  • Check and respond to texts within a couple of hours.
  • Check and respond to email messages within 1 business day.
  • Use BuilderTrend (BT) daily logs to record progress and project milestones.

Duties & Responsibilities

The following tasks can be delegated as the LC sees fit, as long as they are performed to OSHA and MDBI standards. It is the responsibility of the LC to ensure that delegated tasks are thoroughly explained and completed successfully. Always follow through. Just because a team member is notified of a task, need or issue doesn’t absolve the LC of responsibility.

Carpentry Tasks

  • Safely and efficiently complete demolition.
  • Set ledger lines for foundation pours.
  • Excavate and pour small footers.
  • Excavate slabs for trade work and reinforcements. Pour smooth and level patches.
  • Construct, structural modifications, additions, and exterior structures from plans. Compensate for existing conditions to complete plumb and level framing.
  • Plan for proper blocking for cabinets and accessories.
  • Install siding and exterior trim per manufacturer specifications.
  • Set windows and exterior doors to manufacturers’ specifications.
  • Run or modify ductwork if the project is too small for a sub.
  • Minor electrical tasks.
  • Install small amounts of batt insulation if the project is too small for a sub.
  • Small drywall repairs.
  • Plan for and set level cabinets scribing to the walls and floors to MDBI standards. (NO SCRIBE MOLDING)
  • Install appliances per manufactures specifications.
  • Install interior doors and trim at a high-quality level, coped inner corners, biscuit joined seams, etc.
  • Build high-quality built-ins and millwork details.
  • Install bathroom and kitchen accessories using jigs, preset blocking, or proper wall anchors if called for.
  • Install prefinished flooring to manufactures specifications.
  • Some paint touch-ups.
  • Install exterior decking, rails, pergolas, and other features as called for on plans and/or to manufactures specifications.

Job Supervision Tasks

  • Review plans, estimate, and scope of work, SOW, in advance of project start. Ask for clarification of any discrepancies from the Designer and PM in advance.
  • Review and follow the OSHA Job Safety Report provided by the PM.
  • Adjust the flow of the PM’s schedule as needed, without adding the labor, prior to starting.
  • Maintain the BT schedule, adjusting daily as needed.
  • Review the labor tracker and adjust the schedule when needed.
  • Install and maintain a company job sign.
  • Post permits, job safety signs, fire extinguishers, and first aid kits.
  • Perform an inspection of existing conditions to determine if there is damage or obstacles not covered in the contract. Record existing damage to the home that is outside our SOW.
  • Know and label all shut-off locations.
  • Save all items that are indicated for reuse or donation.
  • Unlocking the job site each day and securing the property at the end of each day.
  • Oversee the setup and maintenance of dust and existing surface protection.
  • Maintain a clean job. Projects should be broom-swept daily and vacuumed at the end of each week.
  • Complete quality checks throughout the project to ensure the highest quality finish.
  • Assist the PM with writing and issuing Change Orders, and COs. Do not perform work outside the SOW without a signed CO.
  • Maintain internal BT daily logs. Recording who was on sight, any problems that may have arisen, and how they were resolved.
  • Ensure that everyone on sight adheres to company policies concerning safety, cleanliness, and customer satisfaction, minimizing our exposure to risk.
  • Write a job completion list using BT to-dos during trim out. With the goal to deliver a 0-punch list project to the customer.
  • Oversee the final clean, removing all tools, garbage cans, job signs, and lock box, and returning the key to the Customer.
  • Store all user manuals, touch-up kits, and finalized permit plans in a designated spot for the owner.

Customer Satisfaction Tasks

  • Oversee a successful project that earns our team a 5-star review.
  • Politely greet clients when they are on sight. Walking them through the project and answering any questions as precisely as possible, redirecting them to the designer as necessary.
  • Provide answers to client questions within 1 business day or redirect them to the MDBI team member who can.
  • Write weekly update job logs in BT. State what has been completed, what is coming up next (calling out any particularly disruptive tasks), and what decisions you may be waiting on the client to make.
  • Conduct an owner orientation upon substantial completion.
  • Never use a client’s property or tools.
  • Ensure the client’s property is well protected through the course of a project.

Scheduling and Supervision of Carpenter Tasks

  • Use the BT daily log to request or relinquish carpenters from the PM with 1 week’s notice.
  • Assign Carpenters weekly/daily tasks using the BT schedule and To-Dos.
  • Oversee quality and cleanliness. Provide assistance and training where needed.
  • Review and approve time logs at the end of each day.
  • Provide performance feedback to the PM.

Supervision and Scheduling of Subcontractor Tasks

  • Schedule subs no less than 2 weeks in advance.
  • Confirm scheduled subs 2 days in advance.
  • Be prepared for subs on the day they are scheduled.
  • Ensure that each sub has been provided with the correct information by the office before they arrive on the job.
  • Provide planning assistance to trade contractors. Oversee that utility holes in drywall and framing are efficient and to code.
  • Answer any questions they may have on sight.
  • Check each sub’s work when they are finished.
  • Ensure that each sub cleans up after themselves, and removes any of their unused materials.

Material Tasks

  • Place standard material orders including lumber and trim.
  • Order the proper amount of material to ensure shopping trips are limited to once every 2 weeks.
  • Check the status of special order materials at the beginning of each job. If they have not been ordered, ensure they are ordered in enough time to meet the schedule.
  • Provide RO for special order materials such as doors and windows.
  • Receive material deliveries, checking for accuracy and damages.
  • Return undamaged materials at the first available time.

Equipment Tasks

  • Ensure that company and individual tools and PPE are safe to use.
  • Request company tools and equipment from the PM as far in advance as possible using the BT daily logs.
  • Clean and return tools and equipment to storage as soon as they are done being used on sight. Inform the PM of their return using a BT daily log.
  • Inform the PM of any issues with company tools or equipment and request replacements or repairs when needed.

Inspection Tasks

  • Schedule inspections 1 week in advance.
  • Be prepared for inspections on the day they are scheduled.
  • Meet with inspectors. Ask insightful questions when needed to help advance in the case of a failed inspection.


  • Prepare for and participate in Job Start Meeting.
  • Schedule and lead milestone meetings, including box walk-throughs, close-in, top measure, and Owner orientation.
  • Prepare for and participate in job debriefs.
  • Attend all company meetings.
  • Help in the planning and execution of educational demonstrations.

Company Policies

Adhere to and maintain the following company policies among the production team:

  • Dress appropriately in a clean Merrick shirt and pants free of rips.
  • Absolutely no alcohol or illegal drugs may be used on the job or anywhere near the job site, even outside working hours. Such use of alcohol or illegal drugs will result in immediate dismissal.
  • Tobacco products are not allowed on job sites or company vehicles.
  • Weapons of any kind are not allowed on job sites or company vehicles.
  • It is strongly encouraged that employees maintain standard vaccinations such as tetanus, flu, and covid-19.

Measurement of Performance

  • Each project is to be completed with no more than a 2% over-run to budget unless approved by the president.
  • All projects are to be brought in on time according to the project schedule developed within the variance of 5%; with exception of approved client change orders, project change orders approved by the president, or other exceptions approved by the president.
  • Regularly earns 5-star reviews from customers.
  • Sustained customer satisfaction results as shown by Guild Quality metrics outlined below:
    • Communication 85%+
    • Professional & Organized 80%+
    • Schedule 75%+
    • Punchlist 75%+
    • Construction Quality 90%+
    • Clean & Safe 90%+
    • Trust 90%+
    • Carpenter Satisfaction 85%+


Starting at $35/hour

Work Hours

  • The standard workday is from 8 am to 4:30, with a 30-minute lunch break.
  • Must be available for flexible work hours if required and be available after hours should emergencies arise during projects.

Evaluation Requirements

An annual review will be conducted as a discussion with the PM. The LC will be responsible for completing a skills assessment prior to the meeting.

The evaluation will consist of a review of this job description along with the skills assessment. Attention will be given to areas of weakness and how the job description can be adjusted to accommodate those areas without compromising the overall mission of this position.

The PM will rely on the LC’s input on the performance, skills, and development of the carpenters they work with.

Chain of Command

  • This position reports directly to the Production Manager.
  • Carpenters and apprentice carpenters answer to the Lead Carpenter on sight.

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