Skilled Laborer

Washington DC
$22.00 to $29.94/hour
Jun 28, 2018
Aug 02, 2018
Career Level
Student (High School)
Full Time

*Must be a DC Resident*

Construction laborers and helpers assist craftworkers. Construction laborers and helpers perform many tasks that require physical labor on construction sites. Duties Construction laborers and helpers typically do the following: * Clean and prepare construction sites by removing debris and possible hazards * Load or unload building materials to be used in construction * Build or take apart bracing, scaffolding, and temporary structures * Dig trenches, backfill holes, or compact earth to prepare for construction * Operate or tend equipment and machines used in construction * Follow construction plans and instructions from supervisors or more experienced workers * Assist craftworkers with their duties Construction laborers and helpers work on almost all construction sites, performing a wide range of tasks varying in complexity from very easy to extremely difficult and hazardous. Construction laborers, also referred to as construction craft laborers, perform a wide variety of construction-related activities during all phases of construction. Many laborers spend their time preparing and cleaning up construction sites, using tools such as shovels and brooms. Other workers, such as those on road crews, may specialize and learn to control traffic patterns and operate pavement breakers, jackhammers, earth tampers, or surveying equipment. With special training, laborers may help transport and use explosives or run hydraulic boring machines to dig out tunnels. They may learn to use lasers to place pipes and to use computers to control robotic pipe cutters. They may become certified to remove asbestos, lead, or chemicals. Helpers assist construction craftworkers, such as electricians and carpenters, with a variety of tasks. They may carry tools and materials or help up equipment. For example, many helpers work with cement masons to move and the forms that determine the shape of poured concrete. Many other helpers assist with taking apart equipment, cleaning up sites, and disposing of waste, as well as helping with any other needs of craftworkers. Many construction trades have helpers who assist craftworkers. The following trades have associated helpers: * Brickmasons, blockmasons, and stonemasons, and tile and marble setters * Carpenters * Electricians * Painters, paperhangers, plasterers, and stucco masons * Pipelayers, plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters * Roofers


1. install insulating materials
2. operate floor sanding machine
3. anchor or brace wooden structures, frameworks, or forms
4. build or repair structures in construction, repair, or manufacturing setting
5. cut, shape, fit, or join wood or other construction materials
6. dig holes or trenches for foundations, posts, poles, or related items
7. erect scaffold
8. finish concrete surfaces
9. grade or redistribute earth for roads or other construction
10. install prefabricated building components
11. install siding or sheeting
12. maintain or repair construction machinery or equipment
13. measure and mark lay out for construction projects
14. operate jackhammer
15. operate pneumatic tamper to patch pavement or tamp earth
16. operate power construction equipment
17. perform safety inspections in construction or resource extraction setting
18. repair cracks, defects, or damage in installed building materials
19. use concrete fabrication techniques
20. use measuring devices in construction or extraction work
21. verify levelness or verticality, using level or plumb bob
22. apply plaster, stucco or related material
23. understand construction specifications
24. mix mortar, grout, slurry, concrete, or related masonry material
25. prepare site or surfaces for concrete or masonry work
26. use surfacing machine to polish terrazzo or concrete
27. mix paint, ingredients, or chemicals, according to specifications
28. paint walls or other structural surfaces
29. prepare building surfaces for paint, finishes, wallpaper, or adhesives
30. use basic carpentry techniques
31. use hand or power woodworking tools
32. use spray paint equipment
33. operate land or site surveying instruments
34. use hazardous disposal techniques
35. use hazardous materials information
36. adhere to safety procedures
37. clean rooms or work areas
38. control operation of compressors
39. clean equipment or machinery
40. fabricate, assemble, or disassemble manufactured products by hand
41. assemble and install pipe sections, fittings, or plumbing fixtures
42. apply adhesives, caulking, sealants, or coatings
43. apply cleaning solvents
44. assist mechanic, or extractive or construction trades craft worker
45. load, unload, or stack containers, materials, or products
46. lubricate machinery, equipment, or parts
47. move materials or goods between work areas
48. operate hoist, winch, or hydraulic boom
49. operate power driven pumps
50. position, align, or level machines, equipment, or structures
51. read tape measure
52. read work order, instructions, formulas, or processing charts
53. signal directions or warnings to coworkers
54. use hand or power tools

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