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Carpenters work predominantly with wood to build and finish structures. Carpenters may also work with metal to join and fix objects. Wooden fixtures are varied and can include many structures such as frameworks, roofs, walls, ceilings and floors. Carpenters work in all construction and building sites. They can work anywhere from the Sydney CBD to Parramatta and all across Australian major cities. Carpenters will also take up roles in the mining industry and may also work as an off-shore worker. To find out more visit NSW Fair Trading.
Carpenters will usually start working in the industry at an early stage. Throughout their years a carpenter will complete their apprenticeship in carpentry. These apprenticeships will usually run over a 2 or 4 year period and can be worked around high schooling or TAFE.
Through TAFE NSW, there is a Certificate II under the Construction Pathways course that offers carpentry. To be more specified in your course there is a Certificate III in Carpentry and Joinery which is offered at most TAFE NSW campuses. To find out more about apprenticeships in NSW please click here.
Working with timber can mean that you will have to work at heights. The Work Safely at Heights equips you with the knowledge and skills to work at height of 1.2 meters and above. All states in Australia require you to have appropriate training to meet the standards of the National Workplace Health and Safety Act alongside the National Code of Practice for “Managing the Risks of Falls at the Workplace. If you want to get approved to work at heights click here to find out more.
Working in confined spaces requires you to meet the Model Code of Practice under the National WHS Act and Regulations. You are able to complete the course through relevant regulators. Click here to see where you are able to complete your course.
A carpenter’s work is physical and will be around dangerous objects. Carpenters on large construction sites are required to wear personal protective equipment. PPE minimises the risk to the health of workers and can help keep them safe on the job. Some examples of PPE include steel-capped boots, helmets, high visibility vests, face masks and safety glasses.
To find out more about PPE, Safe Work Australia is a great place to start looking. Click here to find out more.
Carpenters can find work on at Workfast or in any building or construction company. A lot of carpenters are contractors that work for themselves all over Australia. As carpenters start off as apprentices it is important to network and meet people to create a relationship. Building your database of potential clients is an important part in getting work.