So you like working with wood – How to be a Carpenter

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Carpenters repair, refurbish, construct, erect, install and finish timber and metal structures.  Carpenters work in the building and construction industry, mainly on residential and commercial buildings.  As a Carpenter you will learn to use heavy duty power tools, pneumatic tools and restricted height scaffolding.  A Certificate III in Carpentry is achieved after a four year term as an apprentice.

The normal role of a Carpenter does not require a Licence to Perform High Risk Work.

After you gain experience in Carpentry and you reach a high level of skills and experience the option may be there for you to move up the ladder in this industry, you can start your own business or become a supervisor/manager in a smaller domestic/commercial contracting company or in a large scale industrial contracting company.  There is also the opportunity for lucrative construction work building workers camps and putting together structural form work.

A Carpenter’s Duties and Tasks

  • Carry out setting out
  • Read & interpret plans & specifications
  • Carry out leveling operations
  • Install exterior cladding
  • Construct timber external stairs
  • Construct bulkheads
  • Install lining, paneling and molding
  • Refurbish timber sashes to window frames
  • Install & replace windows and doors
  • Construct advanced roofs, pitched roofs and eaves
  • Erect roof trusses
  • Construct ceiling and wall frames
  • Install flooring systems
  • Carry out general demolition to minor building structures
  • Erect & dismantle form work for footings & slabs on ground
  • Carry out concreting to simple forms

Personal Requirements

  • Enjoy practical outdoor work
  • Good hearing and vision
  • Good communication skills
  • Able to follow plans
  • Physically fit and healthy.
  • Able to work at heights
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Disclaimer: Cribhut provides this information with the best intentions, but purely as a guide.  Like most things in life, there are no guarantees.  Your lively hood is your own responsibility and even if following the above recommendations, it is still up to you to do your own research, to be patient, persistent and put in the hard work.


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    • Wade

      Hey Wayne,

      Thanks for the interest mate, but I’m afraid this isn’t actually a job, it is a guide for people looking to get into the Carpenter game.

      If you are are Carpenter looking for work I suggest, checking out the Major Projects under Jobs and also the “How to get a job..” series of post under the News Topics heading “Getting Work.” They are probably your best bet at getting onto a construction gig.

      Hope that helps mate,



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