Construction Craft Worker

Trades Qualification and Apprenticeship Act, Voluntary Trade, Designated Red Seal Trade


  • Read blueprints
  • Prepare, excavate, backfill, compact and clean up work sites
  • Load and unload construction materials, move materials to work areas
  • Erect and dismantle concrete forms, scaffolding, ramps, catwalks, shoring and barricades required at construction sites
  • Mix, pour and spread materials such as concrete and asphalt
  • Assist varied tradespersons such as carpenters, bricklayers, cement finishers, roofers and glaziers in construction activities
  • Level earth to fine grade specifications using rake and shovel
  • Assist in demolishing buildings using prying bars and other tools and sort, clean and pile salvaged materials
  • Remove rubble and other debris at construction sites using rakes, shovels, wheelbarrows and other equipment
  • Operate pneumatic hammers, vibrators and tampers as directed
  • Tend or feed machines or equipment used in construction such as mixers, compressors and pumps

Personal Qualities

  • You work outdoors in changeable climatic conditions
  • You have the stamina to be on your feet for long periods of time
  • You are punctual, show initiative and persistence and are able to take orders
  • You are in good physical condition and enjoy hard physical labour
  • You are exposed to water, noises, vibrations and situations requiring attention to safety
  • You enjoy working with hand tools
  • You are willing to work as part of a team
  • Review the Essential Skills profile for additional qualities required

Career Opportunities

  • Employed on a project-by-project basis or work for a construction company
  • Small, medium and large companies, unionized and non-unionized employ construction craft workers on a variety of projects in the residential, commercial and industrial sectors

Educational/Training Requirements

  • The minimum entry for apprenticeship is Grade 10; however, most employers will require Grade 12
  • Completion of a 2,400 hour apprenticeship program is required
  • If you have completed 3,000 hours of on-the-job experience/training but have not completed the Apprenticeship Program you may be eligible to challenge the Certificate of Qualification
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