Construction Laborer

Skilled Trade: 
Construction Laborer
Essential Skills: 
Construction Laborer

Job Description

Laborers may be skilled or unskilled workers with duties as varied as clearing timber and brush, removing demolished materials from a job site, placing and vibrating concrete, landscaping, installing pipe, handling the materials for other trades workers or using explosives to demolish buildings. Laborers are needed on all types of construction projects such as highways, bridges, tunnels, large buildings, sanitation, and residential, and perform work for the duration of the project. A laborer must know how to work with his or her hands and with power tools run by gasoline, electricity, and compressed air. Other tools used include pavement breakers, rammers, pumps, compressors, lasers, and vibrators.

*Wages (Average, State of Oregon, 2016)

  • Hourly: $19.22
  • Annual: $39,975

Working Conditions

Laborer work is performed both indoors and outdoors and may be done on a surface environment, at extreme heights, underground, or above or under water. All laborers must do a considerable amount of lifting, carrying, climbing, kneeling, balancing, and even crawling. Jobs require strength, dexterity, and alertness. Because the work has so many varied conditions, laborers must know the hazards and safety requirements of each job.

Length of Apprenticeship

The apprenticeship lasts two years. Apprentices must complete a minimum of 144 related classroom hours per year and 4,000 on-the-job training hours.

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Minimum Qualifications
Apprenticeship applicants must be at least 18 years of age. In addition, they must provide proof of high school graduation or general education development (GED) equivalent. Local apprenticeship committees mayrequire additional qualifications.









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