Why Carpentry

Commonly known as a Carpenter or Carpenter and Joiner, this is the most popular of all the building trades.

It is a skilled job that is in demand in Tasmania and around Australia. Qualified carpenters can even work overseas.

As a carpenter, you can work for yourself, contract to work for builders or be an employee of one of the building companies.

It can also be the first step on the pathway to becoming a Builder or other specialities like estimating or construction project management.

To become a carpenter you will win an apprenticeship and complete a Certificate 3 Course of on and off the job training. You can even start your apprenticeship while still at school.

Carpenters construct, erect, install, renovate and repair structures and fixtures made of wood, plywood, wallboard and other materials, and cut, shape and fit timber parts to form structures and fittings.

Joiners cut, shape, and fit timber parts in workshops to form structures and fixtures ready for installation.

Work hard, follow instructions, talk to your work mates and don't be afraid to ask questions.

Kane Schultz-Szlezak

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TYPICAL TASKS FOR A CARPENTER INCLUDE

  • Studying drawings and specifications to determine materials required, dimensions and installation procedures
  • Ordering and selecting timbers and materials, and preparing layouts
  • Cutting materials, and assembling and nailing cut and shaped parts
  • Erecting framework and roof framing, laying sub-flooring and floorboards and verifying trueness of structures
  • Nailing fascia panels, sheathing roofs, and fitting exterior wall cladding and door and window frames
  • Assembling prepared wood to form structures and fittings ready to install
  • Cutting wood joints
  • May construct concrete formwork
  • May repair existing

Some carpenters specialise in heritage building restoration and conservation.

To download a copy of the Build your career - Carpentry click HERE