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Occupation Report Laborer
Occupation: Construction Laborers
Typical Educational/Training Level: Moderate-term on-the-job training
Description: Perform tasks involving physical labor at building, highway, and heavy construction projects, tunnel and shaft excavations, and demolition 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, clean up rubble and debris, and remove asbestos, lead, and other hazardous waste materials. May assist other craft workers. Exclude construction laborers who primarily assist a particular craft worker, and classify them under "Helpers, Construction Trades".
Tasks and Activities
Occupation specific tasks and the most important generalized work activities are listed for Construction Laborers.
Occupation Specific Tasks:
Applies caulking compounds by hand or with caulking gun to seal crevices.
Builds and positions forms for pouring concrete and dismantles forms after use, using saws, hammers, nails, or bolts.
Cleans construction site to eliminate possible hazards.
Digs ditches and levels earth to grade specifications, using pick and shovel.
Erects and disassembles scaffolding, shoring, braces, and other temporary structures.
Grinds, scrapes, sands, or polishes surfaces, such as concrete, marble, terrazzo, or wood flooring, using abrasive tools or machines.
Loads and unloads trucks and hauls and hoists materials.
Lubricates, cleans, and repairs machinery, equipment, and tools.
Measures, marks, and records openings and distances to lay out area to be graded or to erect building structures.
Mixes concrete, using portable mixer.
Mixes ingredients to create compounds, used to cover or clean surfaces.
Mops, brushes, or spreads paints, cleaning solutions or other compounds over surfaces to clean or provide protection.
Positions, joins, aligns, and seals structural components, such as concrete wall sections and pipes.
Razes buildings and salvages useful materials.
Signals equipment operators to facilitate alignment, movement, and adjustment of machinery, equipment, and materials.
Smooth and finishes freshly poured cement or concrete, using float, trowel, screed, or powered cement finishing tool.
Sprays materials such as water, sand, steam, vinyl, paint, or stucco through hose to clean, coat, or seal surfaces.
Tends machine that pumps concrete, grout, cement, sand, plaster or stucco through spray-gun for application to ceilings and walls.
Tends pumps, compressors, and generators to provide power for tools, machinery, and equipment or to heat and move materials such as asphalt.
Generalized Work Activities:
Performing General Physical Activities - Performing physical activities that require considerable use of your arms and legs and moving your whole body, such as climbing, lifting, balancing, walking, stooping, and handling of materials.
Controlling Machines and Processes - Using either control mechanisms or direct physical activity to operate machines or processes (not including computers or vehicles).
Handling and Moving Objects - Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, and moving materials, and manipulating things.
Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings - Monitoring and reviewing information from materials, events, or the environment, to detect or assess problems.
Repairing and Maintaining Mechanical Equipment - Servicing, repairing, adjusting, and testing machines, devices, moving parts, and equipment that operate primarily on the basis of mechanical (not electronic) principles.
Detailed Work Activities:
adhere to safety procedures
anchor or brace wooden structures, frameworks, or forms
apply adhesives, caulking, sealants, or coatings
apply basic carpentry techniques
apply basic math (arithmetic, ratios, proportions or conversions)
apply cleaning solvents
apply concrete fabrication techniques
apply concrete finishing techniques
apply hazardous materials information
apply knowledge of hazardous disposal techniques
apply plaster, stucco or related material
assemble and install pipe sections, fittings, or plumbing fixtures
assist mechanic, or extractive or construction trades craft worker
build or repair structures in construction, repair, or manufacturing setting
clean equipment or machinery
clean rooms or work areas
climb ladders, scaffolding, or utility or telephone poles
control operation of compressors
cut, shape, fit, or join wood or other construction materials
dig holes or trenches for foundations, posts, poles, or related items
fabricate, assemble, or disassemble manufactured products by hand
grade or redistribute earth for roads or other construction
install insulating materials
install prefabricated building components
install siding or sheeting
load, unload, or stack containers, materials, or products
lubricate machinery, equipment, or parts
maintain or repair construction machinery or equipment
measure and mark lay out for construction projects
mix mortar, grout, slurry, concrete, or related masonry material
mix paint, ingredients, or chemicals, according to specifications
move materials or goods between work areas
move or fit heavy objects
operate floor sanding machine
operate hoist, winch, or hydraulic boom
operate pneumatic tamper to patch pavement or tamp earth
operate power construction equipment
operate power driven pumps
paint walls or other structural surfaces
perform safety inspections in construction or resource extraction setting
position, align, or level machines, equipment, or structures
prepare building surfaces for paint, finishes, wallpaper, or adhesives
prepare site or surfaces for concrete or masonry work
prepare wood surfaces for paint, finishes, or adhesives
read or understand construction specifications
read tape measure
read work order, instructions, formulas, or processing charts
repair cracks, defects, or damage in installed building materials
signal directions or warnings to coworkers
use hand or power tools
use hand or power woodworking tools
use land or site surveying instruments
use measuring devices in construction or extraction work
use spray paint equipment
use surfacing machine to polish terrazzo or concrete
verify levelness or verticality, using level or plumb bob
work as a team member
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
The most important knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSAs) are listed for Construction Laborers.
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.
Engineering and Technology - Knowledge of the practical application of engineering science and technology. This includes applying principles, techniques, procedures, and equipment to the design and production of various goods and services.
Design - Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.
Mathematics - Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
Equipment Selection - Determining the kind of tools and equipment needed to do a job.
Operation and Control - Controlling operations of equipment or systems.
Mathematics - Using mathematics to solve problems.
Equipment Maintenance - Performing routine maintenance on equipment and determining when and what kind of maintenance is needed.
Operation Monitoring - Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
Repairing - Repairing machines or systems using the needed tools.
Static Strength - The ability to exert maximum muscle force to lift, push, pull, or carry objects.
Trunk Strength - The ability to use your abdominal and lower back muscles to support part of the body repeatedly or continuously over time without 'giving out' or fatiguing.
Explosive Strength - The ability to use short bursts of muscle force to propel oneself (as in jumping or sprinting), or to throw an object.
Manual Dexterity - The ability to quickly move your hand, your hand together with your arm, or your two hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects.
Multilimb Coordination - The ability to coordinate two or more limbs (for example, two arms, two legs, or one leg and one arm) while sitting, standing, or lying down. It does not involve performing the activities while the whole body is in motion.
General Laborer, Mechanical Inclined
Top Skills Details:
General Laborer,Mechanical Inclined
Additional Skills & Qualifications:
-Mechanical skills and aptitude
-1+ years recent construction experience required for role
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