Residential construction is a job that some people choose because they like to work
outside and see a completed product. It is good to know what the training and skills are,
what personal qualities are required, what safety concerns there are, what the career outlook is,
and what salary can be expected.
To become a construction worker requires less than a high school diploma. Even though
it does not require a high school diploma, it is important to have experience in these classes: building trades and carpentry, English, industrial arts, shop math, and woodshop. Construction workers gain skills on the job most start as laborers and move into more specialized roles as they gain skills ...view middle of the document...
They work outside most of the time and are exposed to cold, heat, and some work may be hazardous. Construction laborers may climb ladders, work on scaffolds and in noisy or dry areas. Construction laborers may work on day to day bases’. The work generally picks up during summer months when weather conditions are more favorable ("Occupation Profile.").
For an individual construction worker qualities differed from others. To become a construction laborer you must be at least eighteen years old. Some employers require applicants to be drug tested, as the work involves heavy machinery and can be hazardous. Most employers prefer you to have a driver’s license. A heavy vehicle license is useful, but not essential ("Occupation Profile.").
Being safe on the job is the number one rule for a construction worker. Workers who work outside of a building mixing materials, carrying blocks, walking and carrying other tools, are required to wear a short white sleeved shirt, add sunscreen products, a comfortable pair of pants, a pair of steel toed boots to protect a workers feet and any heavy object that might fall and to prevent any injury from getting cut by any sharp or pointy material that might be left after cleaning. Workers should also have a pair of gloves to protect a worker hands from getting small injuries such as small cuts from sharp objects, nail damage, and splinters. Workers are responsible for bringing their own tools and earplugs when working on noisy places or when working on small machinery ("Construction Worker Job Descriptions."). Construction laborers may be...