2017 Construction Laborers and Helpers
Median Pay: US$30,890
Entry Level: See How to Become One
Summary
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

Laborer - Stone/Asphalt (Full-Time/Seasonal)

Type: Full Time, Full Time Alumnus
SUMMARY OF RESPONSIBILITIES: :Position is considered full-time/seasonal. Ability to follow directions from immediate supervisor. Perform various labor intensive tasks (e.g. pick, shovel, hand or vibro-plate compact, lute, saw, sweep) to keep projects moving toward completion....
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Salem, VA

HDD Operator

Type: Full Time, Full Time Alumnus
PUSH your career forward with a winning team!We are hiring 2019 and beyond! Driller Openings.Push Incorporated is a leading utility contractor that has been completing quality projects all over the United States since 1974. Whether it's providing our customers with the personal one-on-one...
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Rice Lake, WI

Seasonal Park Laborer SE (TEMPORARY)

Type: Full Time, Full Time Alumnus
Position Title: Seasonal Park Laborer SEDepartment: Parks, Recreation & Community ServicesDivision: Parks & FacilitiesReports to: Workgroup SupervisorFLSA Status: non-ExemptBargaining Unit: nonePay Grade: 05AJob Status: Temporary/SeasonalFull Time Equivalent: 0.54Position SummaryThe...
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Operations Intern

Type: Internship
JOB DESCRIPTIONOperations InternMain Purpose:This internship will focus in the areas of Operations. This is a more physical role that includes exposure as a helper, workforce planning, union exposure, dispatch and measuring productivity.Key Relationships:InternalSuperintendents, Project Manager,...
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Operations Intern

Type: Internship
JOB DESCRIPTIONOperations InternMain Purpose:This internship will focus in the areas of Operations. This is a more physical role that includes exposure as a helper, workforce planning, union exposure, dispatch and measuring productivity.Key Relationships:InternalSuperintendents, Project Manager,...
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Technology Support Intern

Type: Internship
JOB DESCRIPTIONTechnology Support InternMain Purpose:This internship will have dedicated focus in our GPR, X-Ray, FRP and other facets within our Technology group. Provide overall on-site administrative and technical management on construction project site. This position is normally one of...
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Aggregate Plant Laborer

Type: Full Time, Full Time Alumnus
The road to your future starts with Barrett IndustriesSince 1854, Barrett Industries has been a leader in providing infrastructure solutions throughout the United States. Through our subsidiary companies, including Barrett Paving Materials Inc., we serve everyone from small contractors to...
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Fairborn, OH

GOLF LABORER - $9.25+ P/HR.

Type: Full Time, Full Time Alumnus
$9.25 an hourPAY GRADE: 9GRADE RANGE: $9.25 - $14.80TIER CODE: 1REPORTS TO: Superintendent, Assistant SuperintendentSUMMARY:Responsible for maintaining golf grounds and turf to ensure the ideal playing condition and quality of the daily golf operation.ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:Operates...
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Intern

Type: Internship
An intern relies more on discipline than experience. If you are optimistic about learning, are very organized, and never give up at something until the craft is perfected, then you may have a shot at this position.Qualification Requirements:Experience: variesEducation: At least two years of college...
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General Production Laborer - 6:30 am to 3:00 pm (Thursday - Monday)

Type: Full Time, Full Time Alumnus
We are seeking hard working, motivated, and energetic individuals to work for a wood pallet logistics site. The positions available under General Production Laborer are Pallet Sorter (manual), Box Sorter, RPC Sorter, and Material Handler. The position requires constant standing, bending, stooping,...
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Harrisonville, MO

General Production Laborer

Type: Full Time, Full Time Alumnus
We are seeking hard working, motivated, and energetic individuals to work for a wood pallet logistics site. The positions available under General Production Laborer are Pallet Sorter (manual), Box Sorter, RPC Sorter, and Material Handler. The position requires constant standing, bending, stooping,...
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West Sacramento, CA

Maintenance Mechanic

Type: Full Time, Full Time Alumnus
$19 an hourBartlett Grain Company is seeking dedicated, hard-working individuals who are looking for a chance to prove they can learn new tasks, advance and take any and all responsibility for their safe work behavior and the safety of their coworkers. These tasks include, but are not limited to:...
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Scott City, KS

Industrial Maintenance Project Technician

Type: Full Time, Full Time Alumnus
$20 an hourBartlett Grain Company is seeking dedicated, hard-working individuals who are looking for a chance to prove they can learn new tasks, advance and take any and all responsibility for their safe work behavior and the safety of their coworkers. These tasks include, but are not limited to:...
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Kansas City, MO

Intern

Type: Internship
JOB DESCRIPTIONMain Purpose:Provide overall on-site administrative and technical management on construction project site. This position is normally one of independent project supervision on small to medium size projects.Key Relationships:InternalSuperintendents, Project Manager, Contracts...
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San Leandro, CA

Intern

Type: Internship
JOB DESCRIPTIONMain Purpose:Provide overall on-site administrative and technical management on construction project site. This position is normally one of independent project supervision on small to medium size projects.Key Relationships:InternalSuperintendents, Project Manager, Contracts...
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Intern

Type: Internship
JOB DESCRIPTIONMain Purpose:Provide overall on-site administrative and technical management on construction project site. This position is normally one of independent project supervision on small to medium size projects.Key Relationships:InternalSuperintendents, Project Manager, Contracts...
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Santa Clara, CA

Warehouse Production Laborer $10hr (Must be able to pass background and Drug test)

Type: Full Time, Full Time Alumnus
We are seeking hard working, motivated, and energetic individuals to work for a wood pallet logistics site. The positions available under General Production Laborer are Pallet Sorter (manual), Box Sorter, RPC Sorter, and Material Handler. The position requires constant standing, bending, stooping,...
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General Production Warehouse Laborer

Type: Full Time, Full Time Alumnus
We are seeking hard working, motivated, and energetic individuals to work for a wood pallet logistics site. The positions available under General Production Laborer are Pallet Sorter (manual), Box Sorter, RPC Sorter, and Material Handler. The position requires constant standing, bending, stooping,...
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General Production Laborer

Type: Full Time, Full Time Alumnus
We are seeking hard working, motivated, and energetic individuals to work for a wood pallet logistics site. The positions available under General Production Laborer are Pallet Sorter (manual), Box Sorter, RPC Sorter, and Material Handler. The position requires constant standing, bending, stooping,...
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Internship - Laborer

Type: Internship
PC Construction Company, one of the nation's largest employee-owned construction companies has summer internship opportunities available in Northern New England, and along the East Coast through the southern US - from Maine to Florida. Our primary commercial construction markets include:...
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