As a carpenter, you construct, install, renovate and repair structures and fixtures of wood, plywood and wallboard. You may also work with plastic, laminates, perspex and metals.

Work is often on building sites, in existing building or in workshops.

It helps to have knowledge of building and construction and good hand-eye coordination. 



  • Outdoor work
  • Physical work 
  • Earn while you learn 

A typical day may involve:

  • studying drawings and specifications to determine materials required and installation procedures
  • ordering and selecting timbers and materials
  • cutting joints and materials
  • assembling cut and shaped parts
  • erecting framework and roof framing, laying sub-flooring and floorboards
  • nailing fascia panels, sheaths roofs, and fit exterior wall cladding and door and window frames
  • assembling prepared wood to form structures and fittings ready to install
  • constructing concrete framework
  • repairing existing fittings

It helps to be good at:

  • physical tasks 
  • using tools & machinery 
  • technical design 
  • maths 

Qualifications/pathway options:

  • Cert III Carpentry
  • Apprenticeship

You may be able to work in:

  • Construction 
  • Home improvement 
  • Manufacturing 

Related Roles

  • Joiner

  • Builder

  • Building Associate 


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