Understanding what a career in carpentry looks like

Understanding what a career in carpentry looks like

  • Published on Monday 30 March, 2015
  • 2 min. to read


There’s a special bond between a craftsman and his work. Look into the 3 steps to see if this is the right job for you.

You may enjoy carpentry if you
• are interested in practical and manual work and work well with your hands
• have a sense of balance, can work at heights and are safety conscious
• can make quick and accurate calculations
• able to solve problems
• are adaptable and flexible
• enjoy working in a team.
Carpenters construct, erect, install, finish and repair wooden and metal structures and fixtures on residential and commercial buildings.

They work for:
• building and construction companies
• carpentry contractors
• maintenance departments of factories and large companies and institutions
• themselves or as subcontractors.

Have you got what it takes?
When a n employer looks for an apprentice they generally need or prefer:
• a person aged 17 years or over
• applicants who have successfully completed Year 11 or 12 of a secondary school education program
• applicants who have completed an industry approved Pre-Apprenticeship course Certificate II in General Construction

Apply for a position
You can apply for positions available on MEGT’s specialist jobs board and see if there is one that suits you. Alternatively, you can register your interest in a position if it is not currently on this list – this goes to the MEGT recruiters.

You can also check out this video where Dylan Johnston who has worked as an apprentice carpenter shares his on-the-job experience.

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