A Formworker erects, installs and repairs temporary framework structures used to support building during the construction process. This may include making falsework to form a desired shape with concrete such as slabs, support beams and walls.
PROSPECTS FOR FORMWORK JOBS:
With large scale infrastructure projects on the rise such as WestConnex, there are plenty of construction jobs. Population growth results in new-home construction and economic prosperity brings upgraded infrastructure. Carpenters and Carpenters and Joiners are on the National Skills Needs List. This means Australia is experiencing a national skills shortage for this specific trade and carpenters are in high demand.
EMPLOYMENT PROJECTIONS FOR FORMWORK JOBS:
Projections from the Australian Department of Employment, 2015 to 2020. Note data is '000.
Carpenter, Joiner, Finish Carpenter, Rough Carpenter, Shopfitter and Joinery Machinist.
Concrete formwork, build moulds to retain wet concrete
Study blueprints and building plans to select and order materials and timber, determine dimensions and assess procedures for installation
Install structures and fixtures such as windows, stairs and doorframes
Build concrete forms for tunnels, scaffolding, bridges and other construction projects
Build tunnel bracing in underground passageways
Measure, cut, nail and shape materials such as wood, drywall or fiberglass
Build frameworks such as doorframes or floor joists
Lay building foundations
Box up and strip decks, stairs and columns
Measure, cut, nail and shape parts
Erect framework and roof framing
Assemble wood to form structures and fittings for installation
Repair and maintenance of pre-existing fit-outs
Site set-up prior to excavation, using string & pegs
Construct bulkheads and assemble partitions
Install siding and drywall
Erect & dismantle formwork to suspended slabs, columns, beams & walls
PAY FOR FORMWORK JOBS:
On average, formwork carpenters are paid between $30-$40 per hour. The median pay rate for a carpenter is $27.99 with higher pay rates awarded to carpenters in formwork, joinery and roofing positions.
QUALIFICATIONS FOR FORMWORKERS:
Certificate III in Carpentry
Certificate III in Carpentry and Joinery
WorkPac recommends Gold Training for qualifications, upskilling and training support. If Gold Training doesn’t have the course you’re looking for, check out the Department of Education and Training’s national register on Vocational Education and Training.