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Earthmoving Labourer

Also known as Building and Plumbing Labourers, Earthmoving Labourers specialise primarily in outdoor work, focusing on general tasks like clearing sites for construction, building and repairing structures, and installing and maintaining plumbing systems for existing structures. The work is physical in nature and often routine and repetitive.

Duties and tasks

  • Clearing and levelling sites for construction
  • Digging holes and removing displaced earth from the construction site
  • Erecting temporary scaffolding to assist in larger construction projects
  • Hauling and unloading construction materials
  • Repairing plumbing systems, sewage systems, and canals

Skills required

  • Ability to execute detailed plans
  • Ability to listen closely and convey information to others
  • Excellent physical strength
  • Quick and critical thinking
  • Solid hand-eye coordination

Working conditions

Earthmoving labourers typically work in outdoor sites in a variety of weather conditions. The exact work conditions will vary based on the workers physical location. Construction sites must be evaluated on a case-by-case basis: they can be rural or urban and can be either almost completed or hardly begun.

Professional associations / Industry information

Australian Institute of Building AIB is the leading institute for building and construction professionals, 

Master Builders Australian Master Builders is the major Australian building and construction industry association 

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  • Builders Labourer
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  • Concreter
  • Construction Manager / Worker
  • Dogger
  • Plasterer
  • Project Manager
  • Rigger
  • Road Worker
  • Roofer
  • Scaffolder