How to become a carpenter

how to become a carpenter

If you want to become a carpenter in Australia, you will be joining a large team of trade professionals who have a diverse range of skills and projects to work on. You may be finishing school and choosing a career path to follow, or you may be a mature worker who is looking for a career change. This article will explore your options for how to become a carpenter.

What does a carpenter do?

A carpenter is a tradesperson who builds things, usually with timber, but also with steel and other more modern building materials. A carpenter can work on the construction of new houses, and also install and repair other structures. If you decide to become a carpenter you will find that your work is continuously evolving, and you have a range of job options to choose from. You might find yourself working on houses, commercial buildings and even other structures like bridges.

Who would make a great carpenter?

As a carpenter, you will be required to have certain skills and personal qualities. Most importantly, you will need to be good with your hands, and have a passion for creating things from scratch, out of raw materials. You will also need to be a problem solver who is dedicated to finding the answers and generating solutions. You will need to be able to follow instructions and printed plans, and also verbal instructions as you work as part of a team on a building site.

Attention to detail is crucial, and you will be expected to be proud of the work you do. At the end of the day, you should stand back and look at your work and see the efforts of a master craftsman. To be a great carpenter you will need to value the work you do and the structures you make. Shortcuts are frowned upon, but refined workmanship will be respected.

Do I need to study to become a carpenter?

Yes, to boost your employment possibilities you will need to study. You can enrol in a certificate of construction at TAFE or a trade college, and you can also study this through an apprenticeship pathway which will also provide you with on the job training.

If you are learning how to become a carpenter, start by talking to your local collage that provides courses in becoming a carpenter. You can also search the job websites online to see if there are any jobs in your local area as a carpenter. Although you might not have the skills and qualifications for them now, these advertisements will provide you with a solid understanding of what is expected from you in the career path of being a carpenter. You may also find apprenticeships advertised on job websites, or in your local newspaper, which can help you to become a carpenter. You most likely will not need to have any previous qualifications to start an apprenticeship, but you will need to have a great attitude and be willing to work hard.

If you are currently at high school and you are planning on becoming a carpenter, try to choose subjects which will aid your chosen career path, including maths, physics, design and technology and woodwork. Performing well at these related subjects will enhance your job prospects in the field of carpentry.

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