How to become a Joiner

Joiners cut, shape and fit timber parts in workshops or on-site to form structures and fixtures that are ready for installation. This could include built-in robes, kitchen and bathroom components or staircases.

Personal requirements for a Joiner

  • Enjoy practical and manual activities
  • Enjoy working with wood
  • Good hand-eye coordination
  • Some mathematical ability
  • Good health and eyesight
  • Able to work as part of a team.

Duties & Tasks of a Joiner

Joiners may perform the following tasks:

  • Determine job requirements from drawings, templates and written instructions
  • Set up jigs, select and cut timber to size and shape using templates
  • Cut joints using wood-cutting machines or hand tools
  • Assemble prepared wood to form structures and fittings
  • Work with plastic laminates, perspex or metals
  • Maintain and sharpen tools.


With experience, and sometimes further training, it is possible to become a Vocational Education and Training (VET) Lecturer, Quantity Surveyor or Inventory and Supply Officer.

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