Construction Worker


Construction workers assist on building and construction sites by doing a range of manual labouring jobs.

Duties & Tasks

Construction workers may perform the following tasks:

  • unload, carry and stack building materials and place tools and equipment in position
  • dig trenches using hand tools or jackhammers to break up rock and concrete, so that footings and services can be laid
  • place and compact filling and quarry materials
  • help to erect and dismantle scaffolding (subject to certification in some states and territories), ramps, catwalks, barricades and warning lights
  • mix, pour and spread concrete under supervision
  • use wheelbarrows to remove rubble and rubbish from building sites
  • dismantle small structures and strip materials in preparation for new construction
  • operate construction machinery (such as excavators), subject to any licensing and accreditation requirements
  • clean surfaces for painters.

Working Conditions

Construction workers mostly work outdoors.

Personal Requirements

  • able to cope with the physical demands of the job
  • enjoy practical and outdoor work
  • able to work as part of a team
  • able to work at a constant pace
  • able to read and understand safety instructions
  • able to follow precise directions.
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