Construction Worker Jobs Alexandria VA
Silver Spring, MD
How to become a Construction Worker
Although not strictly necessary for a construction worker, most employers prefer at least a high school diploma. Most knowledge and skill is developed on the job, although some construction disciplines offer internships and apprenticeships. Vocational training programs are another way to learn construction work.
Applicants must be able to keep up with the physical demands of the job and, of course, pass drug tests. Many employers only consider people at least 18 years old. Some collectors may work with especially dangerous and toxic materials, which does require special training. If the worker will be driving a commercial vehicle, a commercial driver's license may also be required for the job.
Instruction in basic safety procedures is necessary to become a construction worker, and knowledge of written and spoken English helps, along with some math skills.
Some construction subfields require licensing. This can vary by trade and by state or municipality. Voluntary certification is also available, usually offered by trade organizations and unions. Although these certifications are mandatory, they can help a worker advance and increase their pay.
What does a Construction Worker do?
Wherever there is construction, there is usually a large team of workers who work together to get the job done - housing tracts, commercial buildings, public works infrastructure, highways, etc. Construction workers are involved with every step of the process, whether the task is simple or complex, relatively safe or potentially very hazardous. Construction workers are responsible for preparing the site, operating machinery used in construction, applying skilled trade (e.g. carpentry, electrical installment), loading and transporting building materials, managing traffic around sites, removing debris and hazardous materials, and all the while minding health and safety regulations.
Construction workers may either work in the general construction trade, or may specialize in a field such as bricklaying, carpentry, or installing drywall. An apprenticeship, on the job training, or a vocational program is generally required for specialized construction work.
What skills or qualities do I need to become a Construction Worker?
Workers must be able to keep up with the physical demands of the job, which can be very rigorous. As they often work in teams, teamwork and skills are also important. Self-motivation can be important for construction workers who are self-employed or who must market their services. A desire and ability to work hard is also imperative for construction workers.
How much do Construction Workers make?
In 2007, construction workers made between $17,000 - $51,000. This wide range varies according to experience, subfields, and many other factors.
Production and nonsupervising construction workers tend to make about $20 an hour, while supervisors make $25 or more and manage...