What is a Carpenter?
Carpenters work in the general Construction Industry, building all types of new low-rise and high-rise structures, including homes, shopping centres, unit/apartment blocks, industrial buildings. They can also refurbish old and existing buildings and structures using timber and non-timber products.
Examples of tasks and duties:
- Read and interpret plans and specifications
- Set out and construct wall and ceiling frames
- Construct pitched roofs, eaves, external stairs, flooring systems
- Install windows and doors
- Use hand and power tools
- Carry out measurements and calculations
- Perform minor demolitions
- Construct formwork for slabs, stairs, ramps, columns and beams
- Simple concreting
How do I get into this trade?
To complete a Carpentry Apprenticeship you would have needed to complete Year 10 with good results in English and Maths. A Carpentry or General Construction Pre Apprenticeship would also be highly recommended as would a certificate one in general construction if you have no previous work experience. You may also be able to start this Apprenticeship while still attending school.
What does your career prospect look like?
Once you have completed your Carpentry Apprenticeship, you can work as a Tradesperson or with further studies, you may wish to become a Supervisor, a Builder or even a Project Manager.