General laborers wanted for heavy construction sites. There is no minimal educational requirement to be a general laborer, but specialized training can help laborers advance.
Construction laborers perform a variety of tasks at all kinds of construction sites. Tasks that require little skill can be learned quickly; other tasks require considerable experience or training. General laborers are often required to work outside in all kinds of weather or in buildings without heating or air conditioning.
The job duties of a general laborer vary. They may include cleaning and preparing a job site, loading and delivering materials, and using a variety of tools and machines such as blowtorches, forklifts, levels, lifts, power drills, grinders, saws, pressure washers, and water spraying equipment. Laborers set up and take down ladders, scaffolding, and other temporary structures. They demo projects, dig trenches, use wheelbarrows and dollies, load debris, and work around heavy machinery.
General construction laborers must have physical strength, hand-eye coordination, and endurance. Laborers must also be able to concentrate on their tasks. The ability to understand and communicate information is also essential. Some tools and machines are computerized, requiring technical knowledge to use. Computer skills, estimating skills, and the ability to communicate in both English and Spanish can help general laborers advance in their profession.Must be able to lift 50-100lbs.
There are no minimum educational requirements to be a general laborer, but laborers who have specialized skills have the best opportunities.
High school classes in general shop, welding, mechanical drawing, blueprint reading, physics, and mathematics are helpful.
Laborers who help remove lead, asbestos and other hazardous materials need specialized safety training and certification.