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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.
Hispanic or Latino13.9%
Black or African American0.4%
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Average Length of Employment
University of Phoenix8.3%
Greenville Technical College7.7%
Baton Rouge Community College6.8%
Trident Technical College6.3%
Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College6.3%
Apex Technical School5.7%
Midlands Technical College5.7%
Hinds Community College5.1%
Delgado Community College5.1%
Alabama Southern Community College4.5%
Sowela Technical Community College4.5%
Tri-County Technical College4.2%
Wake Technical Community College3.9%
Universal Technical Institute3.9%
Northeast State Community College3.6%
Calhoun Community College3.6%
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|Job Title||Company||Location||Start Date||Salary|
|Helpers--Electricians||Encore Electric LLC||Spotswood, NJ||Aug 29, 2014||$52,978|
|Electrician's Helper||Encore Electric LLC||Spotswood, NJ||Oct 09, 2014||$52,978|
|Electrician Helper||K & K Renovation Inc.||New York, NY||Dec 18, 2015||$43,420|
|Helpers--Electricians||Palka Electric LLC||Wallington, NJ||Sep 26, 2008||$38,589|
|Helpers--Electricians||24/7 Electrical Company||Bellevue, WA||Oct 23, 2012||$37,566 -
|Electrician's Helper||Guys Electric Service of Westchester Inc.||New Rochelle, NY||Jul 29, 2010||$37,566|
|Helpers-Electricians||Unified Ranger Inc.||Westbury, NY||Aug 22, 2008||$36,063|
|Helper-Electrician||Builtrite Solutions, Inc.||Bronxville, NY||Nov 10, 2011||$35,734|
|Electrician Helper||John F. Nittolo and Son Electrical Contractors Inc.||Madison, NJ||Nov 15, 2010||$35,145|
|Helpers-Electricians||Thermo Plastic Tech||Union, NJ||Oct 01, 2008||$35,145|
|Helpers--Electricians||Vordonia Contracting & Supplies Corporation||Islandia, NY||Mar 30, 2010||$34,477|
|Helpers-Electricians||Horsepower Electric & Maintenance Co.||New York, NY||May 19, 2010||$34,477|
|Helpers--Electricians||Derek Haaker, T/A Haake Electric||Wyckoff, NJ||Jun 21, 2012||$34,039|
|Electrician Helper||Legend Electrical Contractors, Inc.||Clifton, NJ||Apr 15, 2009||$34,039|
|Electrician's Helper||Encore Electric, LLC||Spotswood, NJ||Jan 06, 2016||$33,925|
|Helpers--Electricians||Manny's Lighting &Electric Corp||Ossining, NY||Oct 27, 2008||$33,538|
|Helpers--Electricians||A and L Electric DBA A.F.E, Inc.||Yonkers, NY||Oct 20, 2008||$33,538|
|Electricians Helpers||Apex Electric Service Inc.||Clifton, VA||Aug 24, 2011||$32,662|
|Electricians Helpers||Apex Electric Service Inc.||Clifton, VA||Apr 15, 2009||$32,662|
|Helpers--Electricians||International Maintenance Corp||Rahway, NJ||Nov 09, 2010||$32,390|
|Helper-Electricians||Custom Electric Design LLC||Warren, NJ||Dec 17, 2010||$32,056|
|Electrician Helper||Manny's Lighting &Electric Corp||Ossining, NY||Nov 22, 2011||$31,263|
|Helpers--Electricians||P.E.C. Electric||Washington, NJ||May 21, 2013||$30,241|
|Helpers--Electricians||A & S Master Electrical Corp||Islandia, NY||Jun 10, 2010||$29,489 -
|Helpers-Electricians||Ike Electrical Corp.||Nyack, NY||Jun 12, 2008||$29,489|
|Helpers--Electricians||Shtral Electrical Contracting Corp.||New York, NY||Mar 19, 2010||$29,489|
|Helper-Electricians||A&S Master Electrical Corp||Islandia, NY||Jan 27, 2010||$29,489 -
|Helpers-Electricians||Carmen Electric Co.||New City, NY||Nov 30, 2007||$29,281|
|Helpers-Electricians||Pro-Tech Service Company, Inc.||Warrenton, VA||May 13, 2008||$29,197|
|Electrician Helper||Federal Electric||Fairfax, VA||Nov 29, 2007||$28,175|
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