Construction Laborers :

Perform tasks involving physical labor at construction sites. May operate hand and power tools of all types: air hammers, earth tampers, cement mixers, small mechanical hoists, surveying and measuring equipment, and a variety of other equipment and instruments. May clean and prepare sites, dig trenches, set braces to support the sides of excavations, erect scaffolding, and clean up rubble, debris and other waste materials. May assist other craft workers.

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About the Job

Indiana Average Salary $38,630.00
Average Time to Fill 47 days
Typical Education High school diploma or equivalent
Typical Experience Over 3 months, up to and including 6 months
10 Year Projected Openings (2016-2026) 26,082
10 Year Expected Percentage Change (2016-2026) 10.77 %

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Essential (Soft) Skills

Essential Skills to Employers

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Top Job Duties and Responsibilities

Performing General Physical Activities

Build masonry structures including kilns or furnaces
Mark reference points or cutting lines on workpieces
Install insulating materials
Repair structures in construction, repair, or manufacturing setting
Repair cracks, defects, or damage in installed building materials
Protect structures or surfaces near work areas to avoid damage
Repair prefabricated wooden building components
Apply plaster, stucco, or joint compound mixtures to walls or ceilings
Position construction forms or molds
Join wood or other construction materials
Perform concrete fabrication
Fit construction materials such as wood
Finish concrete surfaces
Finish floor, furniture, or related wood surfaces
Operate jackhammer in accordance with safety regulations
Remove finish from furniture, walls, or related structures
Install shock-absorbing or acoustical paneling or tiles on wall or ceiling
Install construction support structures such as lathing, back up frames, or metal studs
Review construction specifications
Install prefabricated building components
Install storm, sanitation, or water piping systems above and below ground
Assemble temporary equipment or structures
Install green structural components, equipment or systems
Install glass in windows, skylights, or other structural surfaces
Install interior wood fixtures such as doors, floors, window frames, trim, or stairs
Install roofing materials such as shingles, tile, slate, or asphalt
Construct wooden frameworks or structures
Install drywall, plasterboard, or wallboard
Install siding or sheeting materials
Build structures in construction, repair, or manufacturing setting
Anchor wooden structures, frameworks, or forms
Dig holes or trenches
Lay pipe into trench
Erect scaffold on work site
Move construction or extraction materials to locations where they are needed
Load or unload materials used in construction or extraction
Pour materials into or on designated areas
Clean surfaces in preparation for work activities
Clean work sites
Move heavy objects in construction, extraction, or mining settings
Load/Unload containers, materials, or products
Move materials, equipment, or supplies
Stack containers, materials, or products
Remove worn, damaged or outdated materials from work areas
Climb ladders, scaffolding, and structures to reach work
Attach moisture barrier sheeting over construction surfaces

Handling and Moving Objects

Prepare sites or surfaces for concrete, masonry, or related construction work
Compact materials to create level bases
Level sand, dirt, concrete, or gravel bedding or foundation
Polish stone or concrete using a surfacing machine
Prepare building surfaces for paint, finishes, wallpaper, or adhesives
Sand metal or plastic objects
Spread concrete or other aggregate mixtures
Prepare explosives for detonation
Paint surfaces such as walls
Apply protective sealants or coatings
Apply adhesives, caulking, or sealants
Paint vehicles, structures and objects using spraying equipment
Mix masonry materials such as mortar, grout, slurry, or concrete
Mix paint or other finishes according to instructions
Mix substances or compounds needed for work activities
Mix chemicals safely according to instructions
Adjust mechanical equipment
Operate pipe fitting equipment
Operate portable hand spray equipment
Bend pipe for gas, air, hydraulic, refrigeration or water lines
Assemble equipment or components
Dismantle equipment or temporary structures
Install/Remove finish hardware such as locks or hinges
Install attachments to machinery or related structures
Build cabinets or related interior wood fixtures
Assemble/Disassemble manufactured wood products by hand
Position machines, equipment, or structures
Position structural components
Connect sections of drill pipe
Set-up heavy construction equipment
Fabricate manufactured products, parts, or components by hand
Cut pipe or piping material for gas, air, hydraulic, refrigeration, water, or steam lines
Install plumbing, piping, or water handling systems
Direct human or vehicle traffic
Shape construction materials such as wood
Apply grouting or mortar
Weld metal structures
Perform basic carpentry
Cut construction material
Process metals using power or hand tools

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Booster Skills & Certifications

Job Seekers possessing booster skills & certifications, such as those listed below, added to core skills are more marketable, harder to find and expensive to hire.

Hard to Fill: Employers find positions requiring these skills to be hard to fill. These skills and certifications make a job seeker more in demand because the skills are not widely available.

Expensive to Fill: Employers find positions requiring these skills to be expensive to fill. Job seekers with these skills and certifications are likely to earn more money.

Skill or Certification Certi - fication Hard to Fill Expensive to Fill
Customer Service
Supervisory Skills
Commercial Construction
New Construction

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