Tradie Profile: JR Constructions

5 December 2018

Jamie Roberts heads up JR Constructions, a carpentry and cabinet making business based in Sarina, Mackay. JR Constructions specialises in kitchens, bathrooms, extensions and maintenance work.

At what age did you start working in the industry? How did you get into it?

I was a late starter at 27 who started as a labourer for a Brisbane builder after his son completed his furniture-making apprenticeship with me.What appealed to you about this profession?

The variety of the work each day, compared to working in a factory setting.

Tell us about one of the most memorable jobs you’ve done?

A recently completed playground refurbishment at a local sporting facility. It was dedicated to the memory of a member and local gentleman not long after completion with an official opening.

Is there someone who inspires or mentors you? If so, who are they?

I’ll always remember my grandfather who was a pattern maker with his own factory in Sydney. He made it through some tough financial times with a no nonsense, hardworking attitude.

What do you love most about your job?

Probably the expression of thanks and appreciation from clients at the job completion.

What do you find most challenging about your job?

That there’s only one of me (an extra set of hands would go a long way).

Where do you see yourself five years from now?

Pretty much in the same role and completing the same jobs but with another tradesman or possibly an apprentice.

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given?

It’s only a mistake if you can’t learn from it.

Have you completed any training with Master Builders? If so, what courses were they and how have they helped you?

I’ve utilised Master Builders to complete a Cert III in Waterproofing, Asbestos removal and Cert IV in Building & Construction. Master Builders’ training has always been beneficial, informative and up–to-date with current practices.

Complete this sentence: Every tradie needs a…

Good support system (in my case, my wife).

What interests/activities do you do in your spare time?

When I get any, spending time outdoors: camping, fishing, golf, tennis and of course, spending time with the noisy crew at home.

Tell us an interesting fact about yourself.

Jesus was a carpenter so I must be doing something right!

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