It's no secret that the building and construction industry is
currently experiencing a significant skills
shortage. For anyone interested in pursuing a trade, this is an
industry that looks set to offer abundant employment opportunities for
many years to come.
It's also an industry that offers diverse employment
opportunities. Many people simply associate the building industry with
carpenters and bricklayers. And while both these trades make up an
important part of the industry, there are many others that have an
equally important role to play.
So if you're interested in building and construction, but don't
really see yourself as a ‘chippie' or a ‘brickie', here's a list of
some other trades that comprise the industry that maybe you haven't
This role is crucial to the successful and timely outcome of a
building project. A project manager is generally responsible for
planning the project, identifying what needs to be done and who's
going to do it, recruitment, keeping the project within budget and on
track. The role is also about managing risks and dealing with
unforeseen issues, both small and large, as they arise.
A structural engineer examines a building design or layout and
calculates the loads and stresses, then fits the structure to the
architecture, deciding which materials should be used in the
construction of the building. Structural engineers are also often
involved in the demolition or dismantling of a building or significant
structural repair jobs.
It's the job of a surveyor to update boundary lines and prepare sites
for construction. This involves making precise measurements about the
shape and contour of the Earth's surface and providing this
information to architects and building designers.
Some people are confused between the difference between a joiner and
a carpenter. While both are similar construction trades, a joiner's
role is to join wood in a workshop whereas carpenters construct a
building's elements on-site. Joiners commonly make door and window
frames, stairs and fitted furniture such as kitchen cabinetry.
As the name suggests, a tiler is responsible for the placement of
tiles on either floors or walls. This can range from domestic kitchens
and bathrooms through to shops, hotels or restaurants. A tiler can
also take on specialist jobs such as swimming pools and mosaics in
Primarily a painter and decorator is responsible for painting
domestic, commercial and industrial buildings and some infrastructure.
They also use a wide variety of other materials such as varnish,
filler, plaster and sealant.
Plumbers install and repair water supply lines, waste disposal
systems and related appliances like taps and toilet cisterns. Plumbers
are often involved in the design and fabrication of these water supply
and waste disposal systems as well.