Construction Laborers

realistic interests physical labor construction structure signal operators power tools clean measure surface read plans

Construction Laborer, Construction Worker, Equipment Operator (EO), Post Framer

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What they do:
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.
On the job, you would:
  • Tend pumps, compressors, or generators to provide power for tools, machinery, or equipment or to heat or move materials, such as asphalt.
  • Lubricate, clean, or repair machinery, equipment, or tools.
  • Signal equipment operators to facilitate alignment, movement, or adjustment of machinery, equipment, or materials.


Engineering and Technology

  • building and construction
  • mechanical

Safety and Government

  • public safety and security


Basic Skills

  • talking to others
  • listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions

Problem Solving

  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it


Hand and Finger Use

  • hold or move items with your hands
  • keep your arm or hand steady

Controlled Movement

  • use your arms and/or legs together while sitting, standing, or lying down
  • quickly change the controls of a machine, car, truck or boat


  • exercise for a long time without getting out of breath

Physical Strength

  • lift, push, pull, or carry


People interested in this work like activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions.

They do well at jobs that need:

  • Attention to Detail
  • Dependability
  • Cooperation
  • Integrity
  • Stress Tolerance
  • Concern for Others


You might use software like this on the job:

Spreadsheet software

  • Microsoft Excel Hot Technology

Electronic mail software

  • Microsoft Outlook Hot Technology

Office suite software

  • Microsoft Office software Hot Technology


Education: (rated 2 of 5)
high school diploma/GED or
no high school diploma/GED
usually needed

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