Trade Assistant

Job Description

A Trade Assistant is typically a support role for the Facilities Manager, who is responsible for overseeing the maintenance of a building and business facilities over one or multiple sites.  The role title is interchangeable between Trade Assistant, Trades Assistant and Maintenance Officer.  The role involves attending various jobs and completing allocated works, working to timeframes, and ensuring quality completion.  This may involve responding to periodical scheduling, periodical maintenance, emergency response, safety, security, cleaning, painting, external gardening and landscaping, rubbish removal, and cleaning of carparks.  The Trade Assistant is often required to respond to and support ad hoc duties and project work.  Depending on the organisation they may also require a specific skill set to support the repair and maintenance of specific plant and machinery.

Trade Assistants are usually employed by larger organisations where the building and facilities are quite a large undertaking and require a dedicated team to ensure the presentation and functioning of a site remains optimal.  These organisations could include large hospitality-based organisations (pubs and clubs), aged care facilities, hospitals, schools, colleges, universities, warehouses, factories, and large Government facilities.  


There are no specific qualifications required to work as a Trades Assistant, however most individuals working in this profession usually come with a trade level qualification or experience working in construction.  Relevant safety licenses and tickets would also be an advantage.


  • Approachable
  • Communicator
  • Confident
  • Interpersonal
  • Motivated
  • Punctual
  • Self-Motivated
  • Team Player 

Key Skills

  • Meeting Strict Timelines
  • Problem Solver
  • Documentation Skills
  • Listening
  • Verbal Communication
  • Reporting 

Future Prospects

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