Joiners make and repair wooden components of buildings and furnishings. They cut, form and fit wooden parts to create structures and furnishings. They may fit joints without the use of nails and screws using a variety of machinery and tools.

Duties and tasks

  • Construct framework for buildings and structures and lay foundation
  • Evaluate client desires and specifications using drawings and diagrams to determine necessary materials, measurements and installation process
  • Install and repair wall coverings, window and door frames, fixtures and wooden furnishings
  • Prepare blueprints and layouts of required measurements and dimensions for parts
  • Select appropriate wood types and order parts needed to complete order
  • Test finished structures and parts to ensure quality, durability and effectiveness and to ensure that parts fit required dimensions
  • Use a variety of machines and tools to cut, fit and assemble wood to form fixtures that are ready to install

Skills required

  • Analytical
  • Critical Thinking Skills
  • Manual Dexterity
  • Problem Solving Abilities
  • Strong Attention to Detail

Working conditions

Joiners typically work a regular Monday to Friday work week but may need to work evenings or weekends to complete large orders. They typically work in workshops since some of the necessary machines cannot be transported to construction sites. Some physical labour is required for this work and strong attention to detail.

Professional associations / Industry information

Housing Industry Association
Master Builders Australia
The Construction and Property Services Industry Skills Council

Related jobs and job titles

  • Bricklayer
  • Cabinetmaker
  • Carpenter
  • Stonemason
  • Tradesperson
  • Wood Machinist