Builders plan and coordinate the construction of residential dwellings and other domestic or small commercial structures.
What does a Builder do?
Builders plan and coordinate the construction of residential dwellings and other domestic or small commercial structures. Builders are also known as building contractors.
As a builder, you would:
- meet clients and determine their needs
- study architectural plans or drafted drawings
- submit a quote for the work required
- organise any subcontractors that are required for the project
- estimate and order building supplies required
- manage and supervise employees and subcontractors to maintain quality and deadlines
- make sure the building work meets all rules and regulations
- arrange for any necessary inspections.
Key skills and interests
To become a builder, you would need:
- an thorough knowledge of building methods and standards
- good time management skills
- an understanding of health and safety requirements
- a thorough understanding of building codes and regulations
- management and leadership skills
- problem solving skills.
Working hours and conditions
As a full-time employee, you would work standard trade hours, probably with some overtime or weekend work when necessary. As a self-employed builder, you could make your own hours to suit the needs of your clients.
You may be required to work outside in all types of weather. Some jobs may require working at heights. Appropriate safety clothing would need to be worn on site.
A current drivers' licence would be required.
How to become an Builder?
Entry Level Education
You would usually need to complete a VET qualification in building and construction to become a builder.
You may also become a building contractor by completing a degree in construction management or building at university. To get into these courses you usually need your senior secondary school certificate or equivalent. English and mathematics are appropriate subjects to study prior to university.
Depending on the State in which you live, you may be required to meet the requirements for, and hold, a current builders' licence, or work under someone who does.
Builders who work at heights must complete a Work Safely at Heights short course. All those who work in the construction industry must undergo safety induction training and be issued with a Construction Induction Card (CIC). Authorised training is conducted by Registered Training Organisations.
Most builders learn the building trade by working on entry level roles on building sites, being supervised by registered builders, and taking on increasing levels of responsibility.
Employment of builders is projected to grow faster than the average for all occupations.
The growth in new residential and commercial construction, as well as repairing and replacing existing buildings and other structures, should result in steady demand for builders.