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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.

    Work Activities
    • Control traffic passing near, in, or around work zones.
    • Clean or prepare construction sites to eliminate possible hazards.
    • Signal equipment operators to facilitate alignment, movement, or adjustment of machinery, equipment, or materials.
    • Read plans, instructions, or specifications to determine work activities.
    • Load, unload, or identify building materials, machinery, or tools, distributing them to the appropriate locations, according to project plans or specifications.
    • Measure, mark, or record openings or distances to layout areas where construction work will be performed.
    • Install sewer, water, or storm drain pipes, using pipe-laying machinery or laser guidance equipment.
    • Operate or maintain air monitoring or other sampling devices in confined or hazardous environments.
    • Mix ingredients to create compounds for covering or cleaning surfaces.
    • Dig ditches or trenches, backfill excavations, or compact and level earth to grade specifications, using picks, shovels, pneumatic tampers, or rakes.
    • Tend pumps, compressors, or generators to provide power for tools, machinery, or equipment or to heat or move materials, such as asphalt.
    • Mix, pour, or spread concrete, using portable cement mixers.
    • Erect or dismantle scaffolding, shoring, braces, traffic barricades, ramps, or other temporary structures.
    • Provide assistance to craft workers, such as carpenters, plasterers, or masons.
    • Lubricate, clean, or repair machinery, equipment, or tools.
    • Grind, scrape, sand, or polish surfaces, such as concrete, marble, terrazzo, or wood flooring, using abrasive tools or machines.
    • Position, join, align, or seal structural components, such as concrete wall sections or pipes.
    • Position or dismantle forms for pouring concrete, using saws, hammers, nails, or bolts.
    • Tend machines that pump concrete, grout, cement, sand, plaster, or stucco through spray guns for application to ceilings or walls.
    • Spray materials, such as water, sand, steam, vinyl, paint, or stucco, through hoses to clean, coat, or seal surfaces.
    • Apply caulking compounds by hand or caulking guns to protect against entry of water or air.
    • Smooth or finish freshly poured cement or concrete, using floats, trowels, screeds, or powered cement finishing tools.
    • Perform site activities required of green certified construction practices, such as implementing waste management procedures, identifying materials for reuse, or installing erosion or sedimentation control mechanisms.
    • Mop, brush, or spread paints, cleaning solutions, or other compounds over surfaces to clean them or to provide protection.
    • Operate jackhammers or drills to break up concrete or pavement.
    • Raze buildings or salvage useful materials.
    • Place, consolidate, or protect case-in-place concrete or masonry structures.
    • Perform building weatherization tasks, such as repairing windows, adding insulation, or applying weather-stripping materials.
    • Perform construction laborer duties at green building sites, such as renewable energy plants or wind turbine installations.
    • Transport or set explosives for tunnel, shaft, or road construction.
    • Use computers or other input devices to control robotic pipe cutters or cleaners.
    • Speaking

      Talking to others to convey information effectively.

    • Active Listening

      Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

    • Coordination

      Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.

    Applied Math
    Workplace Documents
    Graphic Literacy
    • Manual Dexterity

      The ability to quickly move your hand, your hand together with your arm, or your two hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects.

    • Static Strength

      The ability to exert maximum muscle force to lift, push, pull, or carry objects.

    • Multilimb Coordination

      The ability to coordinate two or more limbs (for example, two arms, two legs, or one leg and one arm) while sitting, standing, or lying down. It does not involve performing the activities while the whole body is in motion.

    • Building and Construction

      Knowledge of materials, methods, and the tools involved in the construction or repair of houses, buildings, or other structures such as highways and roads.

    • Public Safety and Security

      Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions.

    • Mechanical

      Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.

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    • Ohio Annual Salary $41,690/yr
    • Typical Salary
    • Ohio Hourly Wage $20.04/hr
    • Typical Hourly Wage
    Ohio Employment Trends
    • Currently Employed 45,160
    • Yearly Projected Openings 5,110
    Typical Education
    Realistic: 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
    • Power saws
    • Manlift or personnel lift
    • Levels
    • Forklifts
    • Blow torch
    • Project management software
    • Operating system software
    • Computer aided design CAD software
    • InDemand occupations are considered a priority by the state of Ohio.
    • Bright Outlook occupations will grow rapidly in the next few years, have a large number of openings, or are new and emerging careers.
    • Green occupations are jobs that contribute to energy conservation, development of alternative energy, reducing pollution, or recycling.
    • Apprenticeships are available for this occupation. These programs can help you get hands-on experience and build your skills.