Carpenters construct, erect, install, finish and repair wooden and metal structures and fixtures on residential and commercial buildings. They may also carry out work on large concrete, steel and timber structures such as bridges, dams, power stations and civil engineering projects.
Duties & Tasks
Carpenters may perform the following tasks:construct formwork into which concrete is poured
set out an outline of the building on the ground of the site, using string and pegs to allow for excavations
build floors, wall frameworks (timber or metal) and roofs, and lay timber floors
read plans and specifications to determine the dimensions, materials required and installation processes to be followed
install metal and timber windows, sashes and doors
construct and erect prefabricated units, such as cottages and houses
cut materials with hand and power tools, and assemble, nail, cut or shape parts
install door handles, locks, hardware, flooring underlay, insulating material and other fixtures
maintain and sharpen tools.
enjoy practical work
able to cope with the physical demands of the job
able to work with your hands
good sense of balance and ability to work at heights
good at mathematics
good health and eyesight
able to work as part of a team.