Performs 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. May clean and prepare sites, dig trenches, set braces to support the sides of excavations, erect scaffolding, and clean up rubble, debris and other waste materials. May assist other craft workers.
This career is part of the Architecture and Construction cluster Construction pathway.
A person in this career:
- Controls traffic passing near, in, or around work zones.
- Cleans or prepares construction sites to eliminate possible hazards.
- Signals equipment operators to facilitate alignment, movement, or adjustment of machinery, equipment, or materials.
- Reads plans, instructions, or specifications to determine work activities.
- Loads, unloads, or identifies building materials, machinery, or tools, distributing them to the appropriate locations, according to project plans or specifications.
- Measures, marks, or records openings or distances to layout areas where construction work will be performed.
- Digs ditches or trenches, backfills excavations, or compacts and levels earth to grade specifications, using picks, shovels, pneumatic tampers, or rakes.
- Mixes, pours, or spreads concrete, using portable cement mixers.
- Tends pumps, compressors, or generators to provide power for tools, machinery, or equipment or to heat or move materials, such as asphalt.
- Erects or dismantles scaffolding, shoring, braces, traffic barricades, ramps, or other temporary structures.