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Joiners cut, shape and fit timber parts in workshops or on-site to form structures and fixtures that are ready for installation. This could include built-in robes, kitchen and bathroom components or FutureGrowthModerate staircases.

Joiners assemble prepared timber to form structures and ready-to-install fittings. This involves cutting timber joints and cutting timber to template size and shape. They may also repair existing fittings, work with plastic laminates, perspex or metals.

ANZSCO description: 331213: Cuts, shapes and fits timber parts in workshops to form structures and fittings, ready for installation. Registration or licensing may be required.

Alternative names: Carpenter

Specialisations: Joiner Special Class, Joinery Machinist, Joinery Patternmaker, Joinery Setter-out, Shopfitter.

With experience, and sometimes further training, it is possible to become a technical teacher, estimator or purchasing officer.

Knowledge, skills and attributes

A Joiner needs:

  • to enjoy practical and manual work, and especially appreciate working with wood

  • to have good health, eyesight and hand-eye coordination

  • to have some mathematical ability

  • to be able to work as part of a team

  • to be able to lift heavy objects.

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Duties & Tasks

Joiners may perform the following tasks:

  • determine job requirements from drawings, templates and written instructions

  • set up jigs, select timber and cut timber to size and shape using templates

  • cut joints using wood-cutting machines or hand tools

  • assemble prepared wood to form structures and fittings

  • work with plastic laminates, perspex or metals

  • maintain and sharpen tools.

Working conditions

Joiners normally work 38 hours, Monday to Friday in a workshop or at a clients' home or business. Overtime may be necessary when there are deadlines to meet. Joiners typically work in a noisy and dusty environment.

Most joiners are employed within a manufacturing business, preparing and assembling timber components off-site such as stairs, balustrades, specialised doors, frames, etc, ready for installation on-site.

Tools and technologies

Joiners use wood-cutting machines, and hand and air powered tools. They may also work with jigs and templates as well as tools suited to working with perspex or metal.

Education and training/entrance requirements

To become a joiner you usually need to complete an apprenticeship. The joiner or carpenter and joiner apprenticeships usually take between 24 to 48 months to complete and are available as a school-based apprenticeship.

Workers in the construction industry who undertake installation work on a construction site, must undergo safety induction training and be issued with a Construction Induction Card (commonly known as a "white card").

Did You Know?

Joinery as a skill has been in existence for many years.

 Before the advent of industrial design, joiners, carpenters and specialist cabinetmakers were responsible for the conception and production of any piece of furniture.

With the arrival of the Industrial Revolution, mass production techniques began to take over, and traditional craftsmen ceased to be the main suppliers of furniture.

Fortunately, the arts and craft movement in the United Kingdom in the middle of the 19th century reignited people’s interests in traditional craftsmanship, and the demand for individual pieces of furniture rose again.

Today, joiners combine both traditional techniques with modern machinery and practices, and so can find work in a wide variety of carpentry aspects.
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