Frame & Truss

Timber structure manufacturers, also known as Frame & truss manufacturers make pre-nailed timber framing sections of walls and roofs commonly used in New Zealand buildings. Frame & truss detailers interpret plans and drawings to create layout plans and cutting lists that are then processed by the frame and truss manufacturers.

Job Prospects

Very good

Total Fees

The first year start-up fee for Timber Structure Detailing is $1,100, and $1,287 for Timber Structure Manufacture. Each year after that there is an additional annual fee of $875 and additional strand is $257 extra each.

Time to qualify

1-2 years

Career opportunities

Frame and truss fabricator, frame and truss detailer, supervisor, plant manager, business owner


What frame & truss specialists do

Frame & truss specialists have to understand the qualities of timber best suited to carry and support a building's structure. They calculate quantities; interpret plans and specifications before undertaking construction, and ensure the finished product is fit for purpose and of a high standard. Work is mostly carried out indoors in a large manufacturing facility, working with saws, cranes, hoists and your main tool of the trade – the nail gun. For more complex builds they may also travel to sites to oversee the fitting and standing of frames.

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Frame & truss qualifications

BCITO Te Pūkenga manages apprenticeships for frame & truss manufacture specialists. In your frame and truss manufacturing apprenticeship you will work towards one of the following qualifications:

You will work at a frame and truss manufacturer under an experienced employer who'll provide on-job coaching and support throughout your apprenticeship. You'll also receive the guidance of a BCITO Te Pūkenga training advisor.

There are no strict entry requirements, although it will help if you have good maths and English skills – you need to be able to understand instructions and work out measurements, quantities and angles.

Your apprenticeship is the start of a professional career

Working in frame and truss manufacturing or detailing isn't just a job – it's a professional career. By doing an apprenticeship and getting qualified, you're setting yourself up for ongoing employment as a well-paid tradesperson. You’ll also open up opportunities to do further study in supervision or site management, go to university, or start a business and train your own apprentices.