As a builder, you manage the construction, alteration and renovation of dwellings and other buildings.

You may work under contract or as a subcontracted specialised building service.



  • Outdoor work 
  • Variety of projects 
  • Working with others

A typical day may involve:

  • interpreting architectural drawings and specifications
  • coordinating resources, materials, plant and equipment
  • consulting with architects, engineering professionals and other professionals, and technical and trades workers
  • negotiating with building owners, property developers and subcontractors
  • preparing tenders and contract bids
  • implementing coordinated work programs for sites
  • adhering to building legislation and standards of performance, quality, cost and safety
  • submitting plans to local authorities
  • overseeing the standard and progress of subcontractor work
  • arranging building inspections

It helps to be good at:

  • managing projects and people
  • communicating and negotiating
  • administration
  • solving problems
  • keeping things organised
  • working calmly under pressure

Qualifications/pathway options:

  • Certificate IV in Building and Construction
  • Diploma of Building and Construction
  • Traineeship

You may be able to work in:

  • Construction (commercial and residential)

Related Roles

  • Construction Manager 

  • Building Associate

  • Trades


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