Construction Worker

Construction Workers ensure that buildings are erected, renovated, or demolished, follow strict guidelines and environmental standards, and complete the project in a timely fashion. They follow instructions from craftsman and tradesmen to complete the contracted project.

EXAMPLE SCENARIO

A Construction Worker is constructing a green office building and following plans to keep the site environmentally friendly through minimal energy and water use, cleaning debris from the site, and reusing materials when possible. One job task is to separate recycled materials from a deconstructed sidewalk. Old rebar and concrete will be collected in two separate containers to be sent to a recycling company so the materials can be used again in the future.

TYPICAL TASKS SRC

  • Clean or prepare construction sites to eliminate possible hazards.
  • Read plans, instructions, or specifications to determine work activities.
  • Load, unload, or identify building materials, machinery, or tools, distributing them to the appropriate locations, according to project plans or specifications.
  • Dig ditches or trenches, backfill excavations, or compact and level earth to grade specifications, using picks, shovels, pneumatic tampers, or rakes.
  • Erect or dismantle scaffolding, shoring, braces, traffic barricades, ramps, or other temporary structures.

EXAMPLE JOB TITLES SRC

Construction Laborer, Helper, Skill Labor, Union Laborer

MEDIAN PAY SRC

$32,230

EDUCATION & TRAINING LEVEL

GED/ High School Diploma, On-the-job Training, Certification for equipment use

WORK EXPERIENCE REQUIRED

None

SKILLS & REQUIREMENTS

Tool and Equipment Handling, Safety Protocols, , Physical Stamina and Strength, Mechanical Skills

SIMILAR OCCUPATIONS

Construction Equipment Operators, Apprentice positions