Lead Carpenter Production Training

For a remodeling business to grow, the owner needs to hire skilled employees who can both work on the jobs, and supervise employees and subs. That employee is often called a Lead Carpenter.

This set of 11 separate online videos discusses how to incorporate the Lead Carpenter into your business, but it also provides valuable information for all production employees, as well as the company owner. Each segment is a 30-50 minute online video. The audio portion can be downloaded separately for listening on any MP3 player, and handout notes are included for each segment.

This valuable training focuses primarily on remodeling, and is designed for business owners, Lead Carpenters, Managers, and anyone wishing to be a Lead Carpenter. Each class is a self contained unit and doesn’t require the other units.

A written quiz is also included for each class. The quizzes on are designed to be given at the end of each training, to create discussion between team members and management. In some cases there is no right or wrong answer, in other cases it may be good to go back through the handout and find the answer. They are not intended to be graded but to see if people are getting the message of the training.

In some cases, if this is used for company training, you may want to listen to a class one week, pass out the handouts, and give the quiz at the next meeting, which would allow time for discussion and practical application.

Presented by Tim Faller, a professional production trainer in the construction industry for many years. Tim is also available for onsite training, contact him at his website, www.LeadCarpenter.com.

The Lead Carpenter System

  • Defining a lead carpenter
  • Benefits for the carpenter
  • Benefits for the customer
  • Benefits for the contractor/business owner
  • Potential issues
  • How it works, from sales to job finish

Length: 47 minutes for $29.95, no expiration, no recurring charges

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The Lead Carpenter Job Description

  • Responsibilities of a Lead Carpenter

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Production Employees and Profit

  • The Importance of Net Profit to Production
  • Conflicts between what motivates of production employees and what motivates the construction business owner
  • How Net Profit benefits employees
  • Definitions: Overhead, Gross Profit, Net Profit, Production Costs, Labor Burden
  • Little things that make a big difference in production costs and profitability

Length: 49 minutes for $29.95, no expiration, no recurring charges

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Time Management and Production

  • Understanding the Value of Time
  • The 5 Basics of Time Management, and for each:
    • Defined
    • Barriers
    • Real Solutions

Length: 57 minutes for $29.95, no expiration, no recurring charges

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Customer Service and Production

  • What Customer Service is
  • What Customer Service isn't
  • Communication
  • Scheduling
  • Clean Job Site

Length: 53 minutes for $29.95, no expiration, no recurring charges

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Production and Scheduling: On Time, On Budget

  • Why scheduling is important
  • Matching estimated labor dollars with the schedule
  • The cost of not making and hold a schedule
  • When to schedule
  • How to schedule
  • How to stay on schedule

Length: 33 minutes for $29.95, no expiration, no recurring charges

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Pre Job Planning: Getting a Jump on the Chaos

  • The turnover meeting
    • Who should be there
    • Details to cover
    • Job folder contents
  • Personal planning time
    • What to review
    • what to plan
    • How to get it done

Length: 46 minutes for $29.95, no expiration, no recurring charges

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Subcontractors: Working as a Team

  • Attitude is everything
    • Negative attitudes that are held
    • What are the right attitudes?
  • Develop an understanding:
    • How a Subs work is different
    • How a Subs work is the same
  • Building Teamwork
    • Identify Common Goals
    • How to Achieve those Common Goals
  • Recruiting Subs
  • Now That We're a Team
    • Scheduling
    • Working relationship on the jobsite
    • Know the scope of work

Length: 50 minutes for $29.95, no expiration, no recurring charges

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Paperwork

  • Why it's not popular with field staff
  • Why it's needed for the company
    • Commercial and Residential
  • Issues with paperwork given to the field
    • Plans
    • Specifications
    • Estimates
    • Sub Quotes
  • Paperwork requested from the field
    • Time cards
    • Job logs
    • Receipts
    • Planning logs
    • Change orders
    • Punch lists

Length: 46 minutes for $29.95, no expiration, no recurring charges

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Job Cost Reports

  • What job cost reports are
  • How the job cost report relates to the job budget
  • What budgets are for
  • If jobs are time and material, why budget? Why job cost?
  • How to use the job cost report
  • Dealing with the time lag - reports aren't available for at least a week
  • Decision making based on job cost report
  • What can be done about a job that's losing money?
  • Job cost report review schedule based on the size of the job

Length: 42 minutes for $29.95, no expiration, no recurring charges

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Managing Change Orders in the Field

  • What needs to be included?
  • What they really cost
  • Rules of estimating
  • Process of making a change
  • Should the lead calculate the change?
  • Presenting the change order

Length: 42 minutes for $29.95, no expiration, no recurring charges

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