'Measure twice and cut once' is an ironclad rule of all carpenters, as even a slight mistake may end up being very costly. An understanding of maths and the ability to make quick and accurate calculations, therefore, is essential. Technical drawing skills will also be helpful for sketching. Physical fitness and safety awareness are very important as many jobs involve lifting heavy pieces of timber and working on potentially hazardous construction sites. Communication skills are also important, because on most occasions, carpenters will work as a part of a team, with other carpenters or construction workers. Work is usually sought from large construction firms and building contractors or there are always opportunities for self-employment. Self-employed carpenters usually undertake all forms of carpentry, including formwork, roofing, maintenance and fixing. Working hours vary with the seasons. In the summer months, work generally starts at 6.00 a.m. and ends at 4.00 p.m., while in winter, work begins later. Overtime can be expected when deadlines have to be met.
For further information, contact:
Construction and Property Services Industry Skills Council
Phone: (02) 6253 0002
Construction Industry Training Board SA
Phone: (08) 8172 9500