Construction workers assist tradespeople on building and construction sites by doing a range of manual labouring jobs.
Construction workers may perform the following tasks:
- unload, carry and stack building materials and place tools and equipment in position
- dig trenches using hand tools or jackhammers to break up rock and concrete, so that footings and services can be laid
- place and compact filling and quarry materials
- help to erect and dismantle scaffolding (subject to certification in some states and territories), ramps, catwalks, barricades and warning lights
- mix, pour and spread concrete
- use wheelbarrows to remove rubble and rubbish from building sites
- dismantle small structures and strip materials in preparation for new constructions
- clean surfaces for painters.
Construction workers may specialise by working with particular tradespeople as a trade's assistant, such as a plasterer's or bricklayer's labourer, or a carpenter's assistant.
Construction Project Manager
A construction project manager is responsible for coordinating the construction of large building projects such as hotels, factories, office blocks, home unit developments, schools, hospitals and large housing developments. They make and interpret plans, supervise and direct people working on specific projects, control costs and payments and negotiate with building owners and subcontractors.
Construction workers mostly work outdoors.
With experience and/or further on-site or short-course training, they may also advance to positions such as concrete workers, doggers, riggers, scaffolders or steel fixers.
- able to cope with the physical demands of the job
- enjoy practical and outdoor work
- able to work as part of a team
- able to work at a constant pace
- able to follow precise directions.
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