Joiner Kaihanga Taonga ā-Whare

Joiners use timber and board products to make fittings such as cabinets, doors, window frames and stairs. 

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Joiners may do some or all of the following:

  • discuss clients' requirements and provide quotes
  • draw diagrams and plans for clients
  • measure, cut, assemble, sand and finish materials (usually timber) to make items such as cabinets, doors, window frames and stairs
  • fit finished products in clients' homes or businesses
  • run their own business.

Physical Requirements

Joiners need to have steady hands and good hand-eye co-ordination. They need to be reasonably fit and strong, as there may be some heavy lifting required.

Useful Experience

Useful experience for joiners includes:

  • draughting
  • carpentry or other building work 
  • interpreting or creating technical plans.

Personal Qualities

Joiners need to be:

  • alert and safety-conscious when using tools and machinery
  • accurate, with an eye for detail
  • able to visualise a finished product
  • able to follow instructions
  • good at problem solving
  • flexible and adaptable 
  • good at time management.

Useful Experience

Useful experience for joiners includes:

  • draughting
  • carpentry or other building work 
  • interpreting or creating technical plans.

Subject Recommendations

No specific secondary education is required for this job, but maths, English, digital and visual communication, and construction and mechanical technologies to at least NCEA Level 2 are useful.  

Year 11 and 12 learners can find out more about the construction industry, and gain relevant skills, by doing a National Certificate in Building, Construction and Allied Trades (Level 1 and 2) through the BConstructive programme.

For Year 11 to 13 learners, trades academies and the STAR and Gateway programmes are good ways to gain relevant experience and skills.

These programmes may help you gain an apprenticeship, but do not reduce the amount of time it takes to complete it.

Joiners can earn around $19-$24 per hour per year.

Chances of getting a job as a Joiner are good due to a shortage of people interested in this type of work.

Joiners may progress to set up their own joinery business, or move into boat building or cabinet making roles. 

Joiners may specialise in a particular type of joinery such as doors, window frames or stairs.

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