Construction Laborers


ABOUT THE JOB

Perform tasks involving physical labor at construction sites. May operate hand and power tools of all types: air hammers, earth tampers, cement mixers, small mechanical hoists, surveying and measuring equipment, and a variety of other equipment and instruments.

WHAT YOU'LL DO

  • Perform construction laborer duties at green building sites, such as renewable energy plants or wind turbine installations.
  • Raze buildings or salvage useful materials.
  • Identify, pack, or transport hazardous or radioactive materials.
  • Mop, brush, or spread paints, cleaning solutions, or other compounds over surfaces to clean them or to provide protection.
  • Place, consolidate, or protect case-in-place concrete or masonry structures.
  • Apply weather-stripping to reduce energy loss.
  • Transport or set explosives for tunnel, shaft, or road construction.
  • Use computers or other input devices to control robotic pipe cutters or cleaners.
  • Perform site activities required of green certified construction practices, such as implementing waste management procedures, identifying materials for reuse, or installing erosion or sedimentation control mechanisms.
  • Perform building weatherization tasks, such as repairing windows, adding insulation, or applying weather-stripping materials.

THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW

  • Building and Construction - Knowledge of materials, methods, and the tools involved in the construction or repair of houses, buildings, or other structures such as highways and roads.
  • Mechanical - Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
  • Administration and Management - Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
  • Public Safety and Security - Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions.
  • Mathematics - Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.

ABILITIES YOU'LL NEED TO HAVE

  • Social Perceptiveness - Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
  • Complex Problem Solving - Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Coordination - Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
  • Operation Monitoring - Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.

AT A GLANCE

Education Required

These occupations usually require a high school diploma.

Wages

In 2015, the average annual wage in a Tennessee was $28,180 with most people making betweeen $20,400 and $38,990

Wages by Industry

Employment Services: $27,750.00

Foundation, Structure, and Building Exterior Contractors: $32,030.00

Nonresidential Building Construction: $35,410.00

Other Specialty Trade Contractors: $32,770.00

Residential Building Construction: $32,280.00

Utility System Construction: $34,350.00

Common Majors

Construction Management