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Army MOS 12W Carpentry and Masonry Specialist

The U.S. Army would not be where it is today without the contributions of a wide variety of Soldiers, with an even wider variety of skill sets. Whether its strength and courage, or hammer and saw, the tools you use in the Army are the same ones you will use to build a better future.

As a Carpentry and Masonry Specialist you’ll perform general heavy carpentry, structural steel and masonry duties. Some of your duties as a Carpentry and Masonry Specialist may include:

Fabricate, erect, maintenance and repair of rigging devices, trusses, and other structural assemblies
Assist in building layout, framing, sheathing, fabrication and roofing structures
Perform basic carpentry and masonry skills
Repair and construct all types of structures
Assist in the performance of combat engineer missions
Construct concrete form work for slabs, walls and columns

Job training for a Carpentry and Masonry Specialist requires nine weeks of Basic Training, where you’ll learn basic Soldiering skills, and nine weeks of Advanced Individual Training and on-the-job instruction. Part of this time is spent in the classroom and part in the field. Some of the skills you’ll learn are:

Basic Concrete Technology
Concrete Materials and Proportioning
Concrete Control Tests
Proper Use of Finishing Tools
Placing, Consolidation and Finishing
Edging, Jointing, Curing and Protection
Basic Structure foaming
Basic Roofing
Basic Flooring

Advanced Responsibilities
Advanced level Carpentry and Masonry Specialists provides guidance, supervises and trains other Soldiers within the same discipline. As an advanced-level Carpentry and Masonry Specialists, you may be involved in:

Interpret construction drawings and blueprints
Install flooring, walls, roofing and other building components
Erect prefabricated and pre-engineered metal structures
Perform millwright, head saw operations and edger functions during sawmill operations

Related Civilian Jobs
The skills you learn as a Carpentry and Masonry Specialist will help prepare you for a civilian career in commercial and residential construction. You’ll be able to consider a future as a mason, carpenter, cement mason, concrete finisher, drywall installer, or ceiling tile installer.

For those who achieve advanced levels as Carpentry and Masonry Specialists you will be able to hold positions as foremen, shift managers, field supervisors or inspectors.

Related Army Positions
Concrete and Asphalt Equipment Operator (12V)
Interior Electrician (12R)
Plumber (12K)