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Working As A Labour Contractor

  • 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

  • $23,650

    Average Salary

What Does A Labour Contractor 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 A Labour Contractor

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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Labour Contractor Career Paths

Labour Contractor
Forklift Operator Technician Specialist
Account Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Truck Driver Operations Manager General Manager
Area Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Truck Driver Delivery Driver Night Auditor
Assistant General Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Delivery Driver Maintenance Technician
Chief Engineer
10 Yearsyrs
Welder Foreman Project Manager
Construction Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Material Handler Operator Foreman
Construction Superintendent
9 Yearsyrs
Warehouse Worker Security Officer Account Manager
District Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Security Officer Site Supervisor Assistant Project Manager
Estimator Project Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Material Handler Forklift Operator Carpenter
General Contractor
6 Yearsyrs
Technician Service Technician Service Manager
General Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Driver Delivery Driver Maintenance Technician
Maintenance Director
11 Yearsyrs
Delivery Driver Service Technician Service Manager
Operations Director
9 Yearsyrs
Technician Field Service Technician Service Manager
Operations Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Driver Dispatcher Operations Manager
Plant Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Machine Operator Production Supervisor
Production Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Machine Operator Technician Project Manager
Program Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Welder Operator Foreman
Project Superintendent
10 Yearsyrs
Security Officer Account Manager Realtor
Property Management Specialist
6 Yearsyrs
Forklift Operator Security Officer Account Manager
Sales Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Warehouse Worker Shipping And Receiving Clerk Warehouse Associate
Warehouse Manager
5 Yearsyrs
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Labour Contractor Demographics

Gender

Male

82.2%

Female

16.9%

Unknown

0.9%
Ethnicity

White

80.3%

Hispanic or Latino

11.2%

Asian

6.3%

Unknown

1.4%

Black or African American

0.7%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

72.2%

Arabic

8.3%

German

5.6%

Blackfoot

2.8%

Filipino

2.8%

French

2.8%

Mandarin

2.8%

Korean

2.8%
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Labour Contractor Education

Schools

Pima Community College

8.2%

University of Phoenix

7.1%

Stephen F Austin State University

6.1%

Southern New Hampshire University

6.1%

Blinn College

5.1%

Universal Technical Institute

5.1%

Community College of the Air Force

5.1%

Tennessee Technological University

5.1%

Texas A&M University

5.1%

Pittsburg State University

5.1%

Community College of Allegheny County

5.1%

Trinity Valley Community College

4.1%

University of Central Missouri

4.1%

University of Nebraska at Kearney

4.1%

Angelo State University

4.1%

Pellissippi State Community College

4.1%

University of Central Arkansas

4.1%

McNeese State University

4.1%

Texas Tech University

4.1%

McLennan Community College

4.1%
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Majors

Business

23.9%

Criminal Justice

8.7%

General Studies

8.5%

Education

5.0%

Accounting

4.8%

Computer Science

4.4%

Psychology

4.2%

Industrial Technology

4.0%

Automotive Technology

4.0%

Electrical Engineering

4.0%

Precision Metal Working

3.7%

Electrical Engineering Technology

3.5%

Nursing

3.3%

Management

3.3%

Communication

2.9%

Graphic Design

2.7%

Biology

2.3%

Environmental Control Technologies/Technicians

2.3%

Marketing

2.3%

Heating And Air Conditioning

2.3%
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Degrees

Other

43.6%

Bachelors

26.0%

Associate

14.7%

Certificate

7.7%

Masters

5.0%

Diploma

2.1%

Doctorate

0.5%

License

0.4%
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Top Skills for A Labour Contractor

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Top Labour Contractor Skills

  1. Contract Labor
  2. Drywall
  3. Customer Service
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Contract Laborer As a laborer for a civil engineering firm, my job description included digging
  • Repair and/or replace residential drywall.
  • Provided quality customer service for customers.
  • General laborer Duties include construction site clean/up, landscaping mowing lawns, snow removal.
  • Install crash poles Cement work Haul material on trailer across country to multiple job sites Install propane cages in store fronts

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