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Date: 27th May 2019
Explore a Range of Trade Jobs That Aren’t Carpentry

Engineers, Concreters and Electricians: Trades Jobs That Aren’t Carpenters

For anyone considering a career in trades, it can at first seem like carpentry is considered the be-all and end-all of building and construction. However, there are actually heaps of trades to choose from. In fact, carpentry is just one tiny slice of the industry, which is as diverse as they come.

Rather than be guided by what seems to be popular, or what everyone else is doing, ask yourself which trade would best suit your skills and interests. Of course, the question “How much does a tradie earn?” will always be part of your decision making, so you’ll want to consider your career ambitions as well. Then, it’s a matter of investigating which apprenticeship or pre-apprenticeship or TAFE courses are available.

Let’s take a look at some other trade jobs that aren’t carpenters, and how you can achieve them through study, apprenticeship and pre-apprenticeship courses offered at Kangan Institute.

Concreters and Bricklayers

Good with your hands? A career in bricklaying might be for you. Whereas, if you prefer to let the machines do a lot of the work for you, then concreting might be more your style. What these two job roles do have in common is that they help lay the foundations upon which all other elements of the build rely on. And that means that attention to detail is one of the most valued traits that will see you do well in these careers.

Earnings on average for bricklayers sit at $1,200 per week, whereas concreters earn slightly more at $1,290. While the bricklaying job prospects are likely to remain stable over the coming five years—perhaps due to automated machinery edging into the industry—concreters are set to be in high demand, with over 10,000 job openings per year. Bricklayers may choose to up-skill into areas like stonemasonry, which can earn a higher wage working on niche, high-end jobs.

Explore the Kangan Institute Concreting or Bricklaying TAFE courses here.

Explore a Range of Trade Jobs That Aren’t Carpentry


There’s more to plumbing than fixing repairs on demand. In fact, the vast majority of plumbers actually do a lot more—interpreting blueprints and bringing a vision to life through installing water, gas and steam ware. In addition to the construction phase, plumbers may also be involved in ongoing compliance testing and improvements, as well as repairs as needed. You may choose to specialise in a particular area, such as fire protection systems, hot water, sanitation or irrigation.

Plumbers can expect to earn an average of $1,142 per week, and it’s expected there will be almost 6,000 new jobs advertised each year for the next five years.

Want to study a Plumbing TAFE course at Kangan Institute? Find out more here.


Electricians earn one of the highest average wages on this list—an average of $1,400 per week. It makes this a popular profession for many young, aspiring tradies, but there is no oversupply of workers. In fact, around 5,000 new jobs per year can be expected over the coming five years.

As well as more generalised building skills, electricians also employ elements of maths, design and mechanics in the work that they do. It’s a tool-heavy trade and one that can be incredibly broad for those who want to pursue a particular path, such as data, vehicles, or solar panels.

Looking for an Electrician course in Victoria? Find it here.

Explore a Range of Trade Jobs That Aren’t Carpentry


For those with their sights set on a higher wage, along with the self-accomplishment that comes with seeing your own solutions come to life, then a career in engineering or logistics could be for you. Engineering is for problem solvers, whether you choose to specialise in mechanical, civil, electrical or something very niche like aircraft maintenance. Many of these roles can expect a weekly wage of anywhere from $1,500 to $2,000+.

Find your Engineering TAFE course here.

Logistics Workers

Logistics professionals are similarly solution-oriented but deal more with the processes that deliver an end result, rather than focusing on a specific product. There are over 50,000 logistics workers in Australia with low unemployment rates, due to industry demand. Depending on whether you choose to work in production management, purchasing, or supply chain logistics, the opportunities are varied and wages may be in excess of $1,500 per week.

Find your Logistics TAFE course here.

Want to study trades at Kangan Institute? You can find out more about all the courses on our website, call us on 138 233, or apply online now.