Job Description & ResponsibilitiesConstruction labor, or general laborers, are the entry level workers in construction. They perform basic yet essential tasks on the site. They assist many craft workers, like brick layers, concrete workers, electricians and plumbers. Physical strength is important to this position. Construction labor removes debris, carries bricks, paint, scaffolding material, dry wall, roofing panels and electrical spools of wire. They assist in assembling reinforcement braces, scaffolds and temporary structures, and disassembling them when no longer needed. Depending on the specific project, construction laborers will be painting the exteriors of buildings or the lines on a highway. They will apply grout, stucco and other sealants to buildings, or they’ll pour tar for repaving highways. Whether it’s the construction of new homes, factories, office buildings or infrastructure, there is always a need for construction labor.
Education & TrainingConstruction labor is one of the few jobs that doesn’t require a high school diploma. General laborers usually receive on the job training, but additional course work in related areas like reading blueprints, general and electrical safety, hand and power tools and others, will help an entry level laborer to advance to supervisor. Formal apprenticeship programs that teach more complicated tasks are often available.
Salary RangeAccording to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the range for an hourly rate is from $9.15 to $28.07, with a mean hourly rate of $16.58. For a 40 hour work week, that mean hourly rate comes to $34,490 annually. The highway, street and bridge construction sectors report a mean salary of $38,030. The top 10 percent of experienced construction labor can earn more than $60,000 annually. Active construction work is subject to the weather and the economy. Good personal money management is critical to your success even during down times. Your resume should show that you’re willing to do the heavy lifting. Include any construction projects you’ve assisted with or have completed on your own. The sample resume below will help you organize your thoughts, your experience and your skills to match those required for the job. Be sure to list any related course work or certifications you have or are studying for. If, for you, the phrase, “Build it and they will come” is more about the building than it is about baseball, you should get in on the ground floor of this opportunity.
Milly Ellison1 Main StreetNew Cityland, CA 91010Cell: (555) 322-7337E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.orgSummaryDependable and hard-working Construction Laborer with more than seven years in the construction industry. Excels in a fast-paced environment and works to complete projects quickly and efficiently. Safely operates and maneuvers a diverse range of heavy duty construction equipment.HighlightsPlumbingCarpentry expertiseAccurate measurements and estimatesResidential constructionDemolitionExceptional problem solverBlueprint readingConstruction machinery operationStrong communication skillsExcellent driving recordExperienceApril 2012 to CurrentCarter Construction New Cityland, CAConstruction Laborer Complete indoor and outdoor residential and commercial construction projects.Install and repair roofs, flashings, and surfaces.Remove old roofing materials in an efficient manner.Perform heavy labor such as ditch digging, paving, and hauling.Mentor junior team members, providing guidance on proper techniques and safety.Repair, rebuild, and install tile, brick, and stone surfaces.June 2009 to March 2012Top Line Construction New Cityland, CAConstruction Laborer Mixed mortar, plaster, and grout according to standard formulas.Continually cleaned work areas and equipment.Swept and cleaned roofs to prepare them for the application of new roofing materials.Cut materials to specified sizes for installation using power saws and tile cutters.Painted walls, exteriors, and interiors of buildings and furniture using brushes, rollers, and spray guns.Hoisted tar and roofing materials onto roofs.September 2006 to May 2009Hankins Construction and Demolition Company New Cityland, CAConstruction Laborer Erected, repaired, and wrecked buildings and bridges as part of large crew.Built and disassembled scaffolds, bracing, and barricades.Assisted skilled workers with construction projects in all phases of rough and finish carpentry.Cleaned all construction areas to avoid hazards.Caulked pipe joints to properly seal them.Transported materials, tools, and machines to job sites.