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Trades Assistant

Support qualified tradespeople with maintenance and worksite tasks.

What's it like to be a Trades Assistant?

A Trades Assistant is responsible for helping and supporting tradespeople and assisting with maintenance of worksites and equipment. Trades Assistants commonly work within the electrical, telecommunications, mining and building and construction industries.

Trades Assistant

Tasks and duties

  • Supporting tradespeople, contractors and operators with general labouring assistance, by operating hand and power tools and by cleaning and preparing worksites.
  • Ensuring the worksite and associated equipment is clean, safe, tidy and ready for use.
  • Undertaking and completing assigned tasks with minimal supervision and in compliance with health and safety regulations.
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A Trades Assistant is an important member of a team who provides what tradespeople need in terms of equipment, tools and labouring support.

Individuals who are self-motivated, reliable, hard working and with initiative are well suited to becoming a Trades Assistant.

What can I earn as a Trades Assistant?

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The most common annual salary in AUS for a Trades Assistant is between $50k and $60k
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How to become a Trades Assistant


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Being a Trades Assistant is often an entry-level position for those wishing to enter a certain industry. Formal qualifications are not usually required. However, if you wish to work in the construction industry, you’ll need to hold a White Card.

  1. Choose an industry to work in. Trades Assistants may work in areas such as telecommunications, mining, building and construction, landscaping or the marine sector.
  2. Complete training with a registered organisation to obtain a White Card. The White Card certification will remain valid unless you do not work in construction for a period of two years or more.
  3. Investigate to see if there are any additional requirements, such as clothing, equipment or safety prerequisites.
  4. Consider undertaking on-the-job training or completing a TAFE course such as a Certificate II in Construction (CPC20112) to build on the knowledge you’ve acquired on the job.

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Certificate II in Construction

This certificate provides you with basic skills needed to work on a construction site and prepares you to undertake an apprenticeship.

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How do Trades Assistants rate their role?

Latest reviews from 12 Trades Assistants surveyed on SEEK

Work-life balance
4.0
Job satisfaction
4.2
Career progression opportunities
3.8
Job security
3.3
Pay / Salary
4.3
Variety of work
4.3

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Aug 2019
Trades assistant work is tough but rewarding for someone who wants to learn or get started in the industry
Reviewer's Qualification
Certificate III in Automotive (Mechanical - Diesel Fitter)
Experience
Less than a year
Organisation size
Large (200+ employees)
Specialisation
Mining
The good things
I believe being a trades assistant is a good way to get started in any industry, it can be rewarded but it is definitely a good way to learn about everything
The challenges
You may not get treated with the same respect as a tradesman does but all you do is knuckle down and get the job done and you will be fine
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Nov 2018
Trade assistant can take you around the world
Reviewer's Qualification
Certificate IV in Training and Assessment
Experience
5 – 9 years
Organisation size
Large (200+ employees)
Specialisation
Mechanical engineering
The good things
Know the industry, what tickets that are required and speak to a few different People in the mining industry visit roadshows to meet and greet good luck
The challenges
Sometimes a schedule over run can disrupt your family plans
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Working hours for Trades Assistants

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Weekends
Shift work
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What are the job opportunities for Trades Assistants?

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Projected job growthAlert

National increase over next 5 years *
7%
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