What do Carpenters (Builders) do?

Carpenters construct, erect, install, finish and repair wooden and metal structures and fixtures on residential and commercial buildings. They may also work on large concrete, steel and timber structures such as bridges, dams, power stations and civil engineering projects.

Carpenters may perform the following tasks:

  • construct formwork into which concrete is poured
  • set out an outline of the building on the ground of the site, using string and pegs to allow for excavations
  • build floors, wall frameworks (timber or metal), roofs and suspended ceilings, and lay timber floors
  • read plans and specifications to determine the materials required, dimensions and installation processes
  • install metal and timber windows, sashes and doors
  • construct and erect prefabricated units, such as cottages and houses
  • cut materials with hand and power tools, and assemble or nail, cut and shape parts
  • Install door handles, locks, hardware, flooring underlay, insulating material and other fixtures
  • Maintain and sharpen tools.

Qualifying as a Carpenter involves:

  • Three to Four year’s commitment
  • Attending paid work with a “host employer” for the duration of the apprenticeship
  • Attending off-the-job training at an RTO

Ideal Personal Requirements to be a Carpenter include:

  • Enjoy practical and manual work
  • Normal eyesight and hearing
  • Problem solving skills 

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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