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Working As An Installation Helper

  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Performing General Physical Activities
  • Handling and Moving Objects
  • Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material
  • Operating Vehicles, Mechanized Devices, or Equipment
  • Repetitive

  • $26,129

    Average Salary

What Does An Installation Helper Do

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. Although many of the tasks they perform require some training and experience, most tasks can be learned quickly. 

Construction laborers, are 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, for example, 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 set up equipment. For example, many helpers work with cement masons to move and set 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

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How To Become An Installation 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.

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:

  • 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.

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.

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Installation Helper Demographics

Gender

Male

92.6%

Female

6.2%

Unknown

1.2%
Ethnicity

White

75.7%

Hispanic or Latino

17.0%

Asian

5.7%

Unknown

1.2%

Black or African American

0.4%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

87.5%

Arabic

5.0%

German

2.5%

Japanese

2.5%

French

2.5%
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Installation Helper Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

9.3%

Environmental Technical Institute

7.0%

Houston Community College

7.0%

Wake Technical Community College

5.8%

Tidewater Community College

5.8%

Branford Hall Career Institute - Branford Campus

5.8%

Hillsborough Community College

5.8%

Hudson Valley Community College

4.7%

Ferris State University

4.7%

Pima Community College

4.7%

Palomar College

4.7%

Everest Institute

4.7%

Coyne College

4.7%

Northern Virginia Community College

4.7%

Universal Technical Institute

3.5%

Montgomery College

3.5%

Lamar Institute of Technology

3.5%

Augusta Technical College

3.5%

Wallace State Community College - Hanceville

3.5%

Nassau Community College

3.5%
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Majors

Heating And Air Conditioning

22.2%

Environmental Control Technologies/Technicians

13.1%

Business

12.0%

General Studies

5.5%

Automotive Technology

5.3%

Criminal Justice

5.1%

Electrical Engineering Technology

4.7%

Precision Metal Working

4.7%

Electrical Engineering

4.1%

Computer Science

2.9%

Electrical And Power Transmission Installers

2.7%

Information Technology

2.7%

Drafting And Design

2.4%

Engineering

2.2%

Communication

2.0%

Fine Arts

1.8%

Industrial Technology

1.8%

Culinary Arts

1.6%

Education

1.6%

Management

1.4%
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Degrees

Other

48.4%

Associate

19.1%

Certificate

14.5%

Bachelors

10.9%

Diploma

4.9%

Masters

1.5%

License

0.7%
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Real Installation Helper Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Installation Helper/Translator Best Buy Carpets & Flooring Inc. Baton Rouge, LA Jan 20, 2016 $73,000 -
$75,000
Siding Installation Helper Valley of Beracah Inc. Burnsville, MN Apr 22, 2016 $49,838
Brick Pavers Installer Helpers Stone Scapes, Inc. FL May 19, 2014 $31,848
Geosynthetics Installation Helper Chesapeake Containment Systems, Inc. Middle River, MD May 25, 2016 $31,514
Cable Installation Helper 2150 Co. Lenexa, KS Feb 15, 2016 $28,821
Installation Helper/Translator Best Buy Carpets & Flooring Inc. Baton Rouge, LA Jun 26, 2015 $28,175 -
$29,218
Geosynthetics Installation Helper Chesapeake Containment Systems, Inc. MD May 23, 2013 $28,091
Heating and Air Installation Helper Air Dynamics, LLC Southbury, CT Jul 07, 2010 $27,611
Delivery and Installation Helper Transmotion, Inc. Downers Grove, IL Mar 14, 2016 $27,340
Geosynthetics Installation Helper Chesapeake Containment Systems, Inc. MD Apr 15, 2014 $26,129
Helper-Installation R & F Custom Blinds and Doors, LLC Houston, TX Apr 01, 2016 $26,004
Helpers-Installation R&F Custom Blinds and Doors, LLC. Palmview, TX Jan 01, 2016 $25,879
Helpers-Installation R and F Custom Blinds and Doors, LLC Palmview, TX Apr 01, 2016 $25,879

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Top Skills for An Installation Helper

SkilledWorkersHvacEquipmentNewFurnacesAirConditionersUnitsJobSiteInstallCarpetBasicHandToolsCustomerServiceVinylSafetyProceduresHardwoodFloorsRemovalPrepHeatPumpsNewConstructionServiceCallsDeliveryAirHandlerWaterHeatersCounterTops

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Top Installation Helper Skills

  1. Skilled Workers
  2. Hvac Equipment
  3. New Furnaces
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Adjust, maintain, and repair tools, equipment, and machines, and assist more skilled workers with similar tasks.
  • Started as a helper After 3 months I was certified, given a truck and a helper to install HVAC equipment
  • Install new furnaces and work with ducts.Clean up tge work area.Works with refrigerant and put on the compressor.
  • Drive to each job site in a safe and timely manner.
  • install carpet vinyl and tile flooring

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