What Does a Hardware, Lumber, and Building Materials Retailer Do?

Hardware, Lumber, and Building Materials retailers (606W) provide quality customer service in a retail environment, specializing in products specific to hardware, lumber, and building materials.  These individuals must have good communication skills, clerical skills, and mechanical aptitude. 

Job -Related Skills, Interests and Values

  • Understanding and implementing worksite fire procedures
  • Performing circle checks of equipment, including ladders, manual and powered lifting devices, and motorized chain hoists by inspecting and assessing the performance.
  • Utilize personal protective apparel and equipment including gloves, glasses, goggles, masks, face shields, ear plugs, safety footwear, and fall arrest equipment.
  • Complies with legislation related to health and safety, and other laws that govern the trade.
  • Performs store opening and closing duties, including operating light panels, checking security and fire alarm systems and opening and securing entrances and exits
  • Setting up merchandise, installing fixturing, and positioning product
  • Implementing marketing strategies, sales events, and displaying point-of-purchase material
  • Communicating by graphics using technical drawings, pan-o-grams, three dimensional drawings, and presentation media.
  • Manually moving equipment, supplies, and components but utilizing safe lifting, lowering, carrying, and pulling techniques
  • Determining customer needs, recommending products or services
  • Assembling product for sale, repairing customer products, preparing pricing estimates

Additional information on training standards for this particular trades in the Service sector may be found on the Ontario College of Trades (OCOT) website at: http://www.collegeoftrades.ca/wp-content/uploads/CTS-HARDWARE_LUMBBUILDING_MAT_606W_EN.pdf

What Preparation and Training Do You Need?

To become a Hardware, Lumber, and Building Materials Retailer, you need to be at least 16 years of age and have a minimum grade 10 education.  However, an Ontario Secondary School Diploma is often preferred. The length of apprenticeship is 4500 hours, which includes 288 hours of in-school training. This is the minimum to be apprenticed in this trade under the (OCTAA) Ontario College of Trades Apprenticeship Act (2009). Please note that minimum entry requirements to this and other trades are currently under review by the Ontario College of Trades.

What’s Your Future as a Hardware, Lumber, and Building Materials Retailer?

Those who complete this apprenticeship will be well-positioned to move into management or supervisory positions at their own workplace, and will have marketable skills that will make them more mobile in their field. 

Wage Rate

  • As an Apprentice you earn less than a Journeyperson
  • This rate increases gradually as you acquire skills and gain competency
  • Workers in this field can expect to earn a maximum wage ranging between $10 and $15 per hour.


Ask Yourself: Is Working as Hardware, Lumber, and Building materials Retailer for You?

Do you have good interpersonal skills?

Yes      No

Do you pay attention to detail and have the ability to notice things that are out of place?

Yes      No

Do you emphasize safety in the workplace for yourself and others?

Yes       No

If you answered Yes to most of these questions, a career as a Hardware, Lumber, and Building Materials Retailer may be for You!

You may also want to explore other careers that require similar interests and skills, such as:

  • Carpenter
  • Cabinetmaker

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