A construction worker is employed to work on large and complex building projects, with the work often including physical labor. Duties can involve a variety of tasks and call upon a large range of skill sets. Jobs in construction require working together as part of a crew to ensure structures are built safely and on time.
Education requirements for jobs in construction will vary, depending on the role. Basic education may be suitable for some entry-level jobs. More senior roles will require a college education. Certain positions will also require you to have an understanding of MSHA rules and regulations.
The key responsibilities of a construction worker can be many and varied. Depending on the type of work involved, they may include
- Setting up the site at the beginning of the project, including removal of rubbish, rubble, and any hazards.
- Unloading and strategic placement of materials and getting them ready for use.
- Earthmoving, comprised of digging trenches, adding fill where required, and compressing the soil.
- Building temporary structures used for construction, encompassing scaffolding, bracing, and barricades. This also involves dismantling at the end of the project.
A key aspect of the job involves the use of machinery for various tasks. This may range from heavy machineries such as diggers, graders, dozers, concrete mixers, hammers, and drills.
Construction workers also get involved in assisting craftsmen such as carpenters and electricians to complete their work. Liaison with project managers and architects to ensure everything is going to plan is also an important part of a construction worker’s day.
There are many different types of construction work available, depending on who you are working for and where you are working. Kilgore Companies provide opportunities throughout the Intermountain West for people keen on jobs in construction. Check out our employment opportunities to find the right job for you.