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Construction Worker

Construction Workers perform a myriad of duties to build, maintain and repair homes and others structures. They also work on storm water systems, excavation and leveling projects, sewage systems, drainage fields and many other types of construction projects. Construction Workers can start with an empty piece of land and create any building or facility needed for a specific project.

Duties and tasks

  • Assembling and installing pipework
  • Digging holes for project preparation
  • Handling all phases of concrete, plaster and mortar work
  • Inspecting and repairing canals, drain fields and sewage systems
  • Installing and disassembling scaffolding, construction fencing, barricades, etc.
  • Installing toilets, sprinklers, sinks, tubs and other fixtures
  • Leveling project site
  • Operating heavy equipment
  • Transporting and carrying construction materials, tools and equipment to project site

Skills required

  • Ability to load and carry heavy materials
  • Ability to stand for long periods of time
  • Good communication skills
  • Good math skills
  • Knowledge of basic tools
  • Knowledge of heavy machinery
  • Paying close attention to detail

Working conditions

Construction Workers often work in all kinds of weather conditions as projects must be completed for deadlines. This can not only be uncomfortable, but stressful as well. Unforeseen delays can also cause the Construction Workers to stay on the job site later than scheduled to complete the project on time.

Professional associations / Industry information

Australian Construction Industry Forum (ACIF) 

Australian Institute of Building 

Building Smart

Housing Industry Association 

Master Builders Australia 

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  • Road Worker
  • Scaffolder