New subdivisions like Armstrong Creek and Warralilly have resulted in a dramatic increase in careers that build. House construction teams, from design to completion have increased 9.6% in the past five years.

What does a Carpenter do?

Design, build and complete projects from houses, to commercial buildings, and civic structures like highways.

Where can I get trained?

At school by

  1. Doing year nine work experience with an employer in careers that build.
  2. Enrolling in the VET in Schools Certificate II with a school based traineeship where you study part time at TAFE, complete your year 12 and spend one or two days a week with your employer. You graduate with year 12, a Certificate 11 in construction, and the equivalent of up to one year of your apprenticeship completed.

At the Gordon TAFE or other registered training organisation by

  1. Completing a six month Full time Certificate II pre apprenticeship course. You don’t need an ATAR , but you will need a year 11 completion.

At university

  1. You can take an undergraduate degree at university in Construction, Architectural Design or Project management.

On the job

  1. Look for a school based apprenticeship or full time apprenticeship with G Force, an individual employer or another apprenticeship provider.

Where are the jobs for Carpenter?

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Where can I get experience?

At school undertake work experience opportunities in Construction or ask your careers teacher or VET or VCAL coordinator. You can also ask a Construction Careers employer for a voluntary work opportunity.
Keep an eye on the Volunteering Geelong website.

What do I need to be good at?

  • Working in a team
  • Working with your hands
  • Following directions
  • Work related literacy and numeracy
  • Working with blueprints
  • Measuring, marking and organising materials

How much does a Carpenter get paid?

Entry level is around $41,178 to about $92,342 per annum depending on experience, qualifications and skills.

What can this job lead to?

Qualified construction tradesmen, including plumbers, electricians, concreters, and carpenters may go on to become business owners and operators. With further training qualified tradesmen can become specialists in:

  • Site management
  • Project management
  • Land development
  • Green and reduced carbon emission technology
  • Education and training providers
  • Architecture

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