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Construction laborers and helpers learn their trade through on-the-job training (OJT). The length of training depends on the employer and the specialization. Formal education is not typically required.Education
Although formal education is not typically required, high school classes in mathematics, blueprint reading, welding, and other vocational subjects can be helpful.
To receive further education, some workers attend a trade school or community college.Training
Construction laborers and helpers learn through OJT after being hired by a construction contractor. Workers typically gain experience by performing tasks under the guidance of experienced workers.
Although the majority of construction laborers and helpers learn by assisting experienced workers, some construction laborers opt for apprenticeship programs. Programs generally include 2 to 4 years of technical instruction and OJT. The Laborers' International Union of North America (LIUNA) requires a minimum of 4,000 hours of OJT, accompanied by 300 hours of related instruction in such areas as signaling, blueprint reading, using proper tools and equipment, and following health and safety procedures. The remainder of the curriculum consists of specialized training in one of these eight areas:
Several groups, including unions and contractor associations, sponsor apprenticeship programs, which usually have only a basic age qualification—age 18 or older—for entrance. Apprentices must obtain a high school diploma or equivalent before completing their apprenticeship. Some apprenticeship programs have preferred entry for veterans.Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations
Laborers who remove hazardous materials (hazmat) must meet the federal and state requirements for hazardous materials removal workers.
Depending on the work they do, laborers may need specific certifications, which may be attained through LIUNA. Rigging and scaffold building are commonly attained certifications. Certification can help workers prove that they have the knowledge to perform more complex tasks.Advancement
Through experience and training, construction laborers and helpers can advance into positions that involve more complex tasks. For example, laborers may earn certifications in welding, erecting scaffolding, or finishing concrete, and then spend more time performing those activities. Similarly, helpers sometimes move into construction craft occupations after gaining experience in the field. For example, experience as an electrician’s helper may lead to becoming an apprentice electrician.Important Qualities
Color vision. Construction laborers and helpers may need to be able to distinguish colors to do their job. For example, an electrician’s helper must be able to distinguish different colors of wire to help the lead electrician.
Math skills. Construction laborers and some helpers need to perform basic math calculations while measuring on jobsites or assisting a surveying crew.
Mechanical skills. Construction laborers are frequently required to operate and maintain equipment, such as jackhammers.
Physical stamina. Construction laborers and helpers must have the endurance to perform strenuous tasks throughout the day. Highway laborers, for example, spend hours on their feet—often in hot temperatures—with few breaks.
Physical strength. Construction laborers and helpers must often lift heavy materials or equipment. For example, cement mason helpers must move cinder blocks, which typically weigh more than 40 pounds each.
|Job Title||Company||Location||Start Date||Salary|
|Carpenter Helper||Carter Mitchell Woodworking||Nantucket, MA||Apr 01, 2015||$53,636|
|Carpenter Helper||Maxime & Co.||ND||Apr 02, 2015||$35,354|
|Carpenter Helper||Dropmasters Co||Hamilton, NJ||Aug 22, 2008||$34,602|
|Helper of Carpenter||Focus Framing, Door and Trim LLC.||Las Vegas, NV||Jan 01, 1970||$33,872|
|Helper of Carpenter||Aspen Construction||Phoenix, AZ||Jan 01, 1970||$32,995|
|Carpenter Helper||Erickson Construction||Roseville, CA||Jan 01, 1970||$32,933|
|Helper of Carpenter||BMC West Corporation||Vacaville, CA||Jan 01, 1970||$32,453|
|Helpers-Carpenters||Superior Home Builders, Inc.||ND||Apr 03, 2015||$32,223|
|Helpers--Carpenters||Superior Home Builders, Inc.||ND||Feb 02, 2015||$32,223|
|Carpenter Helpers (Multiple Openings)||Mac Payroll Services LLC||FL||Apr 01, 2015||$31,848|
|Helpers-Carpenters||Flanagan Construction||Green Brook, NJ||Feb 18, 2010||$31,472|
|Helpers-Carpenters||Superior Home Builders, Inc.||ND||Jul 12, 2014||$30,846|
|Helpers-Carpenters||K and R Farms LLC||Cadiz, KY||Jan 01, 1970||$30,345|
|Carpenter Helper||Sunrise Carpentry Inc.||Peoria, AZ||Jan 01, 1970||$30,032|
|Carpenter Helper||Phoenix Framing, LLC||TN||Mar 27, 2014||$29,155|
|Helpers-Carpenters||Mike Ferrell Construction||San Mateo, CA||Nov 24, 2010||$29,016|
|Helpers-Carpenters||Everlast Construction||NJ||Oct 21, 2009||$28,780|
|Helpers--Carpenters||Spray Insulation Un-Limited, LLC||Fairfield, NJ||Jul 28, 2009||$28,738|
|Carpenter Helper||Nice Touch Remodeling Corp||New Rochelle, NY||Oct 26, 2016||$28,642|
|Carpenter Helper||Big Hands Framing, Inc.||OH||Mar 01, 2015||$28,634|
|Helper of Carpenter||BMC West Corporation||Indio, CA||Jan 01, 1970||$28,091|
|Helpers-Carpenters||Reyes Ky Frame, Inc.||KY||Feb 01, 2015||$27,841|
|Carpenter Helper||MB Framing and General Contractors, Inc.||GA||Oct 01, 2014||$24,397|
|Carpenter Helper||Castle Construction Company||Beachwood, OH||Apr 01, 2015||$24,314|
|Helpers--Carpenters||Mantz Construction, LLC||Bridgeport, CT||Jan 04, 2008||$24,272|
|Carpenter's Helpers||M and M Carpenters Inc.||Auburn Hills, MI||Jan 01, 1970||$24,167|
|Helpers-Carpenters||Ken R Ackley Craftsmen||OK||Mar 01, 2015||$23,333|
|Helpers, Carpenters||Kent Moore Cabinets, LLC||TX||Mar 02, 2015||$22,936|
|Helpers--Carpenters||Marvic Corp.||Union, NJ||Apr 14, 2009||$22,936|
|Helpers--Carpenters||Peter Richter & Son||Scotch Plains, NJ||Dec 05, 2007||$22,748|
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