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Working As A Helper

  • Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material
  • Evaluating Information to Determine Compliance with Standards
  • Getting Information
  • Handling and Moving Objects
  • Thinking Creatively
  • $21,445

    Average Salary

What Does A Helper Do At International Paper

* include the following.
* Other duties may be assigned.
* Sets up the machine according to machine specific procedures.
* Opens and closes machine when ready to run, check, and adjust.
* Makes necessary adjustments during set up and run to insure quality work.
* Monitors quality throughout the production run.
* Completes the box Quality checks required on each order.
* Performs the “Make-a
* Box” quality check by folding up a box in the open position and checking for quality defects such as; glue joint, print quality, correct folding of all scores, and quality of board.
* Shuts down machine and makes adjustments for quality when necessary.
* Identifies any nonconforming material discovered during the run and notifies the department supervisor.
* Enters production data into computer.
* Clears machine jam ups.
* Makes small mechanical repairs to equipment and reports significant and major mechanical failures to department supervisor immediately
* Feeds corrugated blanks into hopper during run.
* Checks quality of blanks being fed into hopper and communicates any quality problems to the operator.
* Obtains required waste dunnage for top and bottom protector sheets for units.
* Obtains required load tags for correct order identification.
* Ensures correct unit configuration per customer requirements.
* Adheres to correct and proper clean up/housekeeping procedures

What Does A Helper Do At The Industrial Company

* Along with building and breaking down scaffolds, scaffold builders also install ladders, walkways and handrails at a construction site or shipping area using a variety of power tools and lifts.
* Before building scaffolds, they are responsible for cleaning and preparing construction sites, including removing debris and dangerous materials.
* Next, they unload the scaffolding materials from a truck.
* These materials typically include the rails, planks and ladders for the scaffold.
* At this point, scaffold builders check all materials and start creating scaffolds

What Does A Helper Do At TD Industries Inc.

* Helps load, unload, transport and furnish experienced craft workers with materials, tools, equipment and supplies.
* Cleans work areas and restocks supplies and materials as necessary.
* Helps layout and mark position of duct work in walls and floors using ruler, level and plumb bob.
* Cuts openings in walls and floors to accommodate runs of duct using hand and power tools
* Helps set up and operate soldering and welding equipment to join sheet metal parts.
* Helps assemble and install sheet metal ducts, fittings and hangers composed of metals such as iron, steel, copper, brass, and sheet lead and non-metals such as fiberglass, vinyl flex duct, concrete ducts and plastic using hand tools and power tools.
* Helps join ducts and fittings using screws, bolts, S and drives, flanges, solder, solvents, caulking and weld joints.
* Helps smooth seams, joints, or burred surfaces using files, portable grinders and electric duct hammers.
* Help set up equipment to fill duct systems with air or smoke to determine if system is leaking.
* Helps install and repair air conditioning equipment such as air handlers, VAV boxes, fans and fan housings and similar air conditioning and heating accessories.
* Helps plumbers, welders, sheetmetal workers or HVAC workers as needed

What Does A Helper Do At East Central ISD

* 1. Fuels and performs service island tasks as assigned.
* Checks and fills DEF fluid.
* Checks and fills all under-the-hood fluid levels (oil, antifreeze, power steering fluid, windshield washer fluid).
* Drives service truck for parts pick-up and roadside service as required.
* Assists in cleaning and organization of the shop, parts room, and other maintenance facilities.
* Maintain daily fuel, oil, and lube reports.
* Restock or replace used shop supplies to include oil and antifreeze drums.
* Perform shop and grounds maintenance to include painting.
* Clean department vehicles.
* Road test buses for mechanics.
* Wash buses inside and out for mechanics to work on.
* Pick up and deliver vehicles to outside vendors.
* Make ready new vehicles.
* Operate a school bus as necessary (shop purpose only).
* Report to work on time every day.
* Repair seats as needed.
* Performs related duties as assigned

What Does A Helper Do At CB&I

* Operate jackhammers and drills to break up concrete or pavement.
* Position, join, align and seal structural components, such as concrete wall sections and pipes.
* Shovel cement and other materials into portable cement mixers: and mix, pour, and spread concrete.
* Signal equipment operators to facilitate alignment, movement and adjustment of machinery, equipment, and materials.
* Smooth and finish freshly poured cement or concrete, using floats, trowels, screeds, or powered cement finishing tools.
* Tend to machines that pump concrete, grout, and sand.
* Tend to pumps, compressors, and generators to provide power for tools, machinery, and equipment, or to heat and move materials such as asphalt.
* Lubricate, clean and repair machinery, equipment, and tools.
* Operate, read, and maintain air monitoring and other sampling devices in confined and/or hazardous environments.
* Assisting build and positioning forms for pouring concrete, and dismantle forms after use, using saws, hammers, nails, or bolts.
* Clean and prepare construction sites to eliminate possible hazards, while following all waste handling guidelines.
* Control traffic passing near, in, and around work zones.
* Dig ditches or trenches, backfill excavations, and compact and level earth to grade specifications, using picks, shovels, pneumatic tampers, and rakes.
* Erect and disassemble scaffolding, shoring, braces, traffic barricades, ramps and other temporary structures.
* Load, unload, and identify building materials, machinery, and tools, and distribute them to the appropriate locations, according to project plans and specifications.
* Act as a watch when welding or metal cutting is performed by craft workers.
* Expedites materials and equipment to work locations and sets up work sites.
* Completes records, maintains tools and equipment, and performs various janitorial activities.
* Responsible for observing and complying with all safety and project rules, including wearing required personal safety equipment

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How To Become A Helper

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.


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.


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:

  • Building construction
  • Demolition and deconstruction
  • Environmental remediation
  • Road and utility construction
  • Tunneling
  • Masonry
  • Landscaping
  • Pipeline construction

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.


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.

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Helper Demographics


  • Male

  • Female

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  • White

  • Hispanic or Latino

  • Asian

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  • Black or African American

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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

  • French

  • Chinese

  • Japanese

  • German

  • Mandarin

  • Cantonese

  • Arabic

  • Italian

  • Hindi

  • Polish

  • Russian

  • Tagalog

  • Portuguese

  • Hmong

  • Hebrew

  • Dakota

  • Korean

  • Carrier

  • Greek

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Real Helper Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Concrete Helper 30-30 Concrete, Inc. Young America, MN May 24, 2016 $49,838
Helper Deca Construction, Inc. Harleysville, PA Apr 14, 2016 $44,265
Helper MTGS Enterprises LLC Elgin, TX Jul 11, 2016 $37,963
Masonry Helpers Rosales Masonry MO Mar 15, 2015 $36,356
Helpers--Brickmasons, Blockmasons, Stonemasons Miami Valley Concrete, LLC. OH Apr 01, 2015 $34,853
Helpers--Brickmasons, Blockmasons, Stonemasons Miami Valley Concrete, LLC OH Apr 01, 2015 $34,853
Brickmason Helper Above All Masonry Design Inc. Islandia, NY Mar 17, 2016 $34,091
Brickmason Helper Above All Masonry Design Inc. Islandia, NY Jun 04, 2016 $34,091
Helpers--Brickmasons, Blockmasons, Stonemasons Lino's Tile Company CO Jan 01, 2015 $33,914
Helpers BH Contractors LLC Orange, TX Apr 26, 2016 $33,747
Helpers--Brickmasons, Blockmasons, Stonemasons Lino's Tile Company Aurora, CO Jan 18, 2016 $33,538
Helpers BH Contractors LLC Donaldsonville, LA Mar 23, 2016 $32,349
Masonry Helper Bello's Coping & Tile, LLC PA Mar 09, 2015 $32,307
Helper Hugo Garza Drywall, Inc. Del Rio, TX Apr 08, 2016 $32,307
Pool Laborer Helper Herder Plumbing Inc. AZ Feb 20, 2015 $29,322
Helpers-Brickmasons, Stonemasons Four Corners Masonry WY Feb 01, 2016 $29,301
Helper Barkley Specialty Services LLC TX Jun 20, 2015 $29,218
Helper, Pipelayer Allen H. Mitchell Construction, Inc. MD Apr 01, 2016 $29,072
Beekeeper, Helper Texas Best Honey, Inc. Edmore, ND Jul 18, 2016 $28,801
Beekeeper Helper Paul Taylor Faith, SD Jul 21, 2016 $28,801
Beekeeper Helper Jason Conrad Thompson, ND Aug 05, 2016 $28,801
Beekeeper Helper Paul Taylor Faith, SD Feb 15, 2016 $28,801
Helpers--Stonemason Sweet Dried Fruit and Nut Company Chattanooga, TN Apr 01, 2016 $26,129
Stucco Helper Division Nine Solutions, LLC Oklahoma City, OK Apr 01, 2015 $25,900
Groundskeeping Helper Nature's Way, Inc. KY Feb 01, 2015 $25,628
Laborer/Helper Port Enterprises, Ltd. TX Apr 20, 2015 $25,524
Groundskeeping Helper Swartz Mowing, Inc. KY Feb 15, 2016 $25,315
Groundskeeping Helper Merkle Lawn Care Company, Inc. Wilder, KY Feb 15, 2016 $25,274
Groundskeeping Helper Nature's Way, Inc. Burlington, KY Apr 01, 2016 $25,127
Helper Barkley Specialty Services LLC Houston, TX Jun 20, 2015 $25,044

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Top Skills for A Helper


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Top Helper Skills

  1. Safety Procedures
  2. Job Site
  3. Customer Service
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Worked in accordance with outlined safety procedures and completed work in a timely manner.
  • Metal working and fabrication was performed on every job site.
  • Provided customer service to customers inquiring about products and their locations.
  • Used a variety of hand tools and standard test equipment in the performance of these duties.
  • Reported any errors found on delivery documents to supervisor.

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