What is a Labourer?
Construction Craft Labourers prepare and clean up construction sites, move materials and equipment, perform demolition, excavation and compaction activities.
Duties and responsibilities vary from one job to another but, in general, Construction Craft Labourers:
- Handle and distribute construction materials (e.g., load and unload vehicles with supplies, equipment and construction materials; shipping and receiving, computer inventory and distribution of tools (tool crib), equipment and construction materials to and from work areas; remove rubble and other debris)
- Excavate, backfill and compact sub grade (e.g., move and level earth using shovels and rakes; operate small compaction equipment and pneumatic tampers)
- Place, consolidate and protect case-in-place concrete or masonry structures (e.g., concrete placement through forms such as pumping, buckets or shoots, vibrating means such as electrical or pneumatic vibrators, mixing of concrete products for pump basis and other concrete applications)
- Install municipal sewer and water mains (e.g., dig trenches using shovels and other hand tools; align pipes and perform related activities)
- Assemble and dismantle scaffolding, ramps, catwalks, shoring and barricades at construction sites
- Drill and blast rock at construction sites
- Demolish buildings
- Sort, clean and pile salvaged materials from demolished buildings
- Operate jackhammers and drills to break up concrete or pavement
- Site Services
- Masonry Structures (e.g., scaffold erection, mixing materials, vapor barrier applications, handling masonry materials and fork lift/zoom boom operations)
- Surveying (e.g. assisting with duties of the surveyor)
- Safety Monitoring (e.g. flagging, gas detection, confined space monitor, spark watch, bottle watch)
- Pipeline Labour
- Refractory Labour (e.g. mixing, conveying and removal of vessel heat retardant materials)
- Plant Maintenance
- Rail Operations and Construction
- Pipe Coating Protection Manufacturing
- Directional Drilling (e.g. tending to directional drills)
- Utilities Services
- EMR and NCSO Services
- Bridge Construction
- Sidewalk, curb & gutter and road building
Skills & Abilities
The labourer trade appeals to people who enjoy being physically active, working outdoors, and using hand and power tools.
To be successful in the occupation, Construction Craft Labourers need:
- Physical strength and stamina
- Manual dexterity
- The ability to lift more than 25 kilograms
- A safety conscious attitude
- The ability to work with others in a team
The term of training for a Construction Craft Labourer is a minimum of 12 months including at least 2,000 hours of work experience. An applicant who previously completed training or work experience related to the Construction Craft Labourer occupation or who holds a related certificate may qualify for credit that could reduce the term of training.
To learn the skills required of a Construction Craft Labourer and be issued an Alberta Occupational Certificate, a person must:
- Have at least Alberta Grade 9 education or equivalent, or pass the entrance exam.
- Find a suitable employer who is willing to hire a trainee.
To find answers to your questions and learn more about a career as a Labourer, contact the Construction & General Workers Local 92.
For a quick summary of a career as a labourer, ask about the labourer trade card.