Construction workers assist 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 under supervision
- use wheelbarrows to remove rubble and rubbish from building sites
- dismantle small structures and strip materials in preparation for new construction
- operate construction machinery (such as excavators), subject to any licensing and accreditation requirements
- clean surfaces for painters.
Construction workers may specialise by working with particular tradespeople as a trade assistant, such as a plasterer's or bricklayer's labourer, or a carpenter's assistant.
Experienced construction workers may obtain high-risk work licences or 'tickets' to undertake a number of specialised roles, such as concrete workers, doggers, riggers, scaffolders or steel fixers. See the separate entries for these occupations for further information.
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.
- 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 read and understand safety instructions
- able to follow precise directions.
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