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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 Latino14.1%
Black or African American0.5%
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University of Phoenix10.7%
Baton Rouge Community College8.0%
Delgado Community College6.4%
Del Mar College6.2%
Houston Community College5.7%
Lamar Institute of Technology5.0%
Tulsa Welding School4.8%
South Texas College4.8%
Hinds Community College4.5%
Universal Technical Institute4.0%
Tidewater Community College3.9%
Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College3.6%
McNeese State University3.5%
Southeastern Louisiana University3.2%
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|Job Title||Company||Location||Start Date||Salary|
|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|
|Masonry Helper||Bello's Coping & Tile, LLC||PA||Mar 09, 2015||$32,307|
|Pipelayer Helper||Progressive Interest Inc.||TX||Feb 01, 2015||$31,180|
|Helper||Metropolitan Concrete Corporation||MI||May 01, 2015||$30,950|
|Helpers-Brickmasons, Stonemasons||Four Corners Masonry, Inc.||WY||Apr 01, 2015||$30,867|
|Helper||Erickson Framing Az LLC||AZ||Apr 09, 2015||$30,262|
|Irrigation Helper||James H Lynch Irrigation Service Inc.||NY||Apr 01, 2015||$30,053|
|Irrigation Helper||Daniel J Fennessy Service Inc.||NY||Apr 01, 2015||$30,053|
|Pool Laborer Helper||Herder Plumbing Inc.||AZ||Feb 20, 2015||$29,322|
|Helper||Deca Construction, Inc.||PA||Apr 01, 2015||$28,008|
|Beekeeper Helper||Marchuk Honey||Andover, SD||Feb 01, 2015||$27,987|
|Beekeeper Helper||Absolute Honey LLC||Mylo, ND||Jan 20, 2015||$27,987|
|Moving Helper||JK Moving and Storage, Inc.||DC||May 01, 2015||$27,444|
|Irrigation Helper||East Coast Irrigation Inc.||NJ||Apr 01, 2015||$27,235|
|Helper||Fairman Building Components LLC||Sand Fork, WV||Apr 01, 2015||$27,235|
|Beekeeper Helper||Heaven's Honey, Inc.||Fillmore, CA||Nov 30, 2016||$27,131|
|Beekeeper Helper||Mountain Avenue Bees, Inc.||Fontana, CA||Dec 31, 2016||$27,131|
|Beekeeper Helper||Monda Honey Farm, Inc.||East Grand Forks, MN||Feb 03, 2016||$23,270|
|Beekeeper Helper||Roeder Honey Farms, Inc.||Hebron, ND||Nov 03, 2016||$23,270|
|Beekeeper, Helper||Modern Day Bees||New Eucha, OK||Jun 27, 2016||$23,270|
|Beekeeper Helper||Grizzly Creek Management||Waterford, CA||Jan 01, 2015||$22,978|
|Beekeeper Helper||King Bee Apiary||Lake Isabella, CA||Jan 01, 2015||$22,978|
|Helper||Pictolab Inc.||Columbia, MD||Jun 04, 2015||$22,734|
|Beekeeper Helper||Roeder Honey Farms, Inc.||San Augustine, TX||Jan 10, 2015||$22,665|
|Beekeeper, Helper||Texas Best Honey, Inc.||Caddo Mills, TX||Jan 12, 2015||$22,665|
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