Carpenters and Joiners construct, erect, finish and repair wooden and metal structures and fixtures used on the inside and outside of buildings, both for residential and commercial constructions. Carpenters may also work on large concrete, steel and timber structures such as bridges, dams, power stations and civil engineering construction. Joiners work mainly on the internal fittings of a building such as window frames, sashes, doors and staircases.
Carpenters may perform the following tasks:
- Set out an outline of the building on site on the ground with string and pegs to allow for excavations
- Erect the floor and wall framework (timber or metal), pitch the roof, erect suspended ceilings and lay timber floors
- Read plans and specifications
- Install metal and timber windows and sashes, and metal timber doors
- Construct and erect prefabricated units; eg. Cottages and houses.
Joiner may perform the following tasks:
- Manufacture items such as window frames, sashes and doors
- Manufacture architectural joinery and staircases
- Interpret work drawings or plans
- Select materials and mark out components required for manufacture to specific designs
Carpenters work on building sites, construction and civil engineering projects, and maintenance in large factories and hospitals.
Joiners are usually employed by firms that specialize in joiner work and work mainly indoors.
Ideal Personal Requirements to be a Carpenter/Joiner include:
- The ability to work with hands
- A sense of balance, and the ability to work at heights (for carpenters)
- Some Mathematical Skills
- Good Health and Eyesight
- Must like working in a team
- Good communication skills
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