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Carpenter Assistant

Carpenters Assistants perform the manual labour associated with carpentry and assist Carpenters in their work. They may have to prepare sites before building and transporting tools and equipment to the site, working for long hours in the outdoors.

Duties and tasks

  • Assemble and take down structures to assist in the safe building and maintenance of work
  • Assemble structures and fixtures from wood that can easily be installed to sites
  • Assist Carpenters in constructing roof framing and framework for structures, positioning floorboards and cover roofs with sheath
  • Carry out a variety of tasks associated with the proper preparation, assembling and building of wood structures and fixtures, and repair damaged areas when needed
  • Effectively operate a variety of machines and tools to cut materials and assemble wood
  • Position wall casing and door and window frames, nail and join front panels
  • Transport and organise building tools, equipment and construction materials to and from work site

Skills required

  • Attention to Detail and Able to Follow Instructions
  • Communication Skills
  • Organisation Skills
  • Physical Fitness and Manual Agility
  • Time Management

Working conditions

Carpenters Assistants typically work varied schedules according to building needs and schedules or repairs needed. They may need to work in late evening or early morning hours to complete a job. They are required to do heavy lifting and manual labour and should be able to withstand hot and sometimes uncomfortable working conditions.

Professional associations / Industry information

ACT Planning and Land Authority 

Building Practitioners Board (NT) 

Building Services Authority (QLD) 

Housing Industry Association 

Master Builders Australia 

The Building Commission (VIC) 

Workplace Standards Tasmania 

Related jobs and job titles

  • Bricklayer
  • Cabinetmaker
  • Furniture Maker
  • Home Improvement Installer
  • Joiner
  • Machine Woodworker
  • Stonemason
  • Trades person
  • Upholsterer
  • Wood Machinist
  • Wood Turner