Building homes can be a rewarding job. It also is a job that does require a lot of ability and responsibility. Yet once that home is completely constructed and that new family is living in it, you can be proud of what you accomplished. If you wish to become a home builder, here are some steps you may want to follow.
- Skill level:
Things you need
- On the job training
Acquire some skills. You must know how to build. This means you need carpentry skills. Yet, you need to know more than just how to hammer a nail.
Take some carpentry and building classes. You may also want to add some electrical, plumbing and design classes to your class load.
Learn on the job skills as you attend classes. If you can, try to find a part-time job as a carpenter's helper to get more hands-on experience.
Begin acquiring the tools you need.
Learn how to read floor plans. This may mean taking more classes.
Learn how to draw floor plans. Again, you may have to take more classes.
Learn how to figure out the costs of materials for a home based on floor plans. You may be able to acquire this skill during some of your previous schooling.
Once you acquire the needed skills, begin applying for jobs as a housebuilder. You may want to join a construction crew in the beginning to learn more. As you continue to learn, you may be able to work your way up the ladder to crew leader or even start your own home building business.
Tips and warnings
- You won't become a housebuilder over night. It will take time to learn the trade.
- Don't rule out the option of taking classes to learn more.
- Don't forget on the job training is an important learning tool as well.