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What does a Construction Worker do?

A construction worker may work on various types of projects, such as constructing buildings, erecting temporary structures or installing and maintaining roads. A competent worker in this field will be able to use various types of tools and equipment safely and effectively. He or she must also have physical strength as you may lift objects up to 100 lbs. The job often involves working outside in extreme temperatures or other unfavorable weather conditions.

For an entry-level construction job, employers generally do not require any special level of education. However, laborers in this field who advance to higher positions often have at least a high school diploma or the equivalent. Being able to collaborate with others and follow instructions are essential to succeed in this role. As a construction may work on high beams or with fast-moving equipment, a construction worker should have good balance, depth-perception, and hand-eye coordination.

  • Ready the construction site each day for the current project by preparing materials, tools, and equipment
  • Apply new project instructions for each job and make adjustments as direction by the construction manager or supervisor
  • Wear clean safety equipment, such as ear plugs, safety glasses, gloves, helmets, and boots that are in good repair
  • Comply with health and safety regulations when operating equipment or walking on the job site even when not on active duty
  • Maintain a brisk and productive pace of activities to complete all assigned tasks within time constraints
  • Leave construction equipment and tools clean, organized, and stored in an orderly fashion after each use
  • Dispose of debris and hazardous materials according to local environmental standards and regulations
  • Provide assistance to other team members on various tasks if your duties are completed ahead of schedule
  • Familiarity with hand tools such as power drills, hammers, and saws
  • Ability to perform repetitive actions using your hands, arms, wrists, fingers, legs, or other body parts
  • Commitment to wearing protective safety gear for heat, noise, and prevention of injury on the job site
  • Desire to work long shifts, usually up to 8 hours, during the day or at night
  • Good English oral comprehension skills to follow verbal instructions and respond to questions about job tasks
  • Steady hands and ability to balance well even on high beams or scaffolding
  • General knowledge of construction operations and procedures
  • Ability to work well with a team of subcontractors and a supervisor
  • High school diploma or General Equivalency Diploma (G.E.D.) preferred, but not required

Average Years of Experience

0 - 1
9%
2 - 4
16%
5 - 7
3%
8+
72%

Common Skill Sets

Alternators
Schedules
Strong WORK Ethic
Mechanical Drawing
Written Communication
Weight Lifting
Views
CDL

Construction Worker Salaries

Average Base Pay

£22,032 /yr
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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£18K
Median: £22K
£47K
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Glassdoor Estimated Salary

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