So, you want to be a shopfitter? Can you:
- Shopfitters need an eye for detail
- Be reliable so you don’t let your team down
- Follow plans and specifications
- Be able to work within tight timeframes. Often the installation needs to be completed overnight. You may also have to do overtime so the job Is finished in time for opening
What do shopfitters do?
- set out, fabricate and assemble cabinets, showcases, wall units, counters and work stations;
- set out, fabricate and assemble shopfronts, commercial entries, bulkheads and component fittings;
- install subfloor framing, including bearers, joists and ladder frames;
- construct and erect wall and ceiling framing including install internal linings, assemble partition frames and install curtain walling;
- manufacture, assemble and fit components for door and window frames, doors and sashes;
- manufacture, assemble and install stairs;
- manufacture, assemble and install joinery unit components;
- apply paint and other finishes, including prepare surfaces;
- cut and install glass;
- aluminium work, including fabricate, assemble or construct framework and manufacture aluminium grills and louvres
Shopfitters work in factories constructing and fabricating, then go on site to install the products.
You might have to do some travel though. Shopfitters usually work on particular types of shops. This means you may get to travel throughout Australia or even the world, installing your work.
How do I become a shopfitter?
Firstly, you will need to do some work experience so that you know what the job is about. I you think it’s for you, find an employer that is looking for an apprentice shopfitter. You will then become an apprentice shopfitter and will you will complete a certificate III in Off Site Construction (Shopfitting) at a Registered Training Organisation (RTO).
Once you have completed the four year apprenticeship, you will be a qualified tradie!
Once you are a tradie in the construction industry, you can continue working for small or large companies and move into leading hand, supervising or management positions. You might even want to start your own business and employ apprentices yourself. Some tradies even go on to further education to complete courses from Certificate IV to bachelor level. There are plenty of options for qualified shopfitters.