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Carpenter and Joiner

Carpenters and Joiners provide construction services to build structures with a variety of materials such as wood, metal, concrete blocks and other substances. They also perform both major and minor renovation services to residential and commercial properties. Many also perform small aspects of architectural drawing for clients in need of building additions. Carpenters and Joiners can perform needed repairs to existing structures.

Duties and tasks

  • Construct forms for concrete
  • Construct framework
  • Create and provide clients with accurate estimates for project
  • Cut and create wood joints
  • Cut materials to proper sizes
  • Develop layout for project
  • Ensure all framework and flooring is true
  • Erect roof
  • Install all fascia
  • Install door and window frames
  • Install floors and sub-floors
  • Install wallboard and siding
  • Join material together with nails or screws
  • Order correct materials for project
  • Shingle roofs

Skills required

  • Ability to stand for long periods of time
  • Ability to supervise others
  • Ability to use tools
  • Analytical thinking skills
    Attention to detail
  • Excellent time management skills
  • Good balance
  • Good oral and written communication skills
  • Physically able to lift heavy items
  • Proper time management skills

Working conditions

Carpenters and Joiners work in all weather conditions including extreme heat and bitter cold. The job can be stressful as time constraints must be met and delays can mean the loss of money. Clients may also become upset or angry if there are delays which can lead to added tension.

Professional associations / Industry information

Housing Industry Association 

Master Builders Australia 

The Construction and Property Services Industry Skills Council 

Related jobs and job titles

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