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Construction Craft Labourer

Construction craft labourers prepare and clean up construction sites, move materials and equipment, and perform demolition, excavation and compaction activities.

  • Avg. Salary $50,786.00
  • Avg. Wage $25.12
  • Minimum Education Designated Occupation
  • Outlook below avg
  • Employed 19,700
  • In Demand Medium
Also Known As

Construction Craft Worker, Construction Worker

NOC Codes

In Canada, the federal government groups and organizes occupations based on a National Occupational Classification (NOC) system. This alis occupation may not reflect the entire NOC group it is part of. Data for the NOC group can apply across multiple occupations.

The NOC system is updated every 5 years to reflect changes in the labour market. Government forms and labour market data may group and refer to an occupation differently, depending on the system used. Here is how this occupation has been classified over time:

  • 2006 NOC: Construction Trades Helpers and Labourers (7611) 
  • 2006 NOC-S: Construction Trades Helpers and Labourers (H821) 
  • 2011 NOC: Construction trades helpers and labourers (7611) 
  • 2016 NOC: Construction trades helpers and labourers (7611) 
Skills Shortage

Employers that Recruited in the Last 2 Years

Average Wage
  • Certification Provincially Regulated
  • Strength Required Lift over 20 kg
Interest Codes
The Construction Craft Labourer is part of the following larger National Occupational Classification (NOC).
Construction Trades Helpers and Labourers

Interest in comparing to sort, clean and pile salvaged materials; in removing rubble and other debris using rakes, shovels, wheelbarrows and other equipment; in cleaning up chemical spills and other contaminants, and removing asbestos and other hazardous materials; and in directing traffic at, or near, construction sites


Interest in operating pneumatic hammers, vibrators and tampers; and in tending and feeding machines and equipment such as mixers, compressors and pumps


Interest in assisting to drill and blast rock, to align pipes and perform related activities during oil and gas pipeline construction and to demolish buildings using prying bars and other tools

Reading Interest Codes
A Quick Guide

The interest code helps you figure out if you’d like to work in a particular occupation. 
It’s based on the Canadian Work Preference Inventory (CWPI), which measures 5 occupational interests: Directive, Innovative, Methodical, Objective and Social.

Each set of 3 interest codes is listed in order of importance.

A code in capital letters means it’s a strong fit for the occupation.

A code in all lowercase letters means the fit is weaker.

Learn More

Updated Dec 19, 2016

Construction craft labourers work on a wide variety of buildings, structures and premises including municipal sewer and water mains, industrial construction sites, roads, dams, bridges, tunnels, railways and canals. Their duties and responsibilities vary from one job to another but, in general, they:

  • handle and distribute construction materials (for example, load and unload vehicles with supplies, equipment and construction materials; move tools, equipment and construction materials to and from work areas; remove rubble and other debris)
  • excavate, backfill and compact subgrade (for example, move and level earth using shovels and rakes, operate pneumatic and gasoline-powered tampers)
  • place, consolidate and protect cast-in-place concrete or masonry structures (for example, shovel concrete and other materials into concrete mixers; mix, pour and spread concrete; use concrete vibrators)
  • install municipal sewer and water mains (for example, dig trenches using shovels and other hand tools, align pipes and perform related activities)
  • assemble and dismantle scaffolding, ramps, catwalks, shoring and barricades at construction sites
  • drill and blast rock at construction sites
  • install, repair or replace roofing systems as directed by foreman
  • read and interpret drawings
  • measure and cut glass using glass cutters or computerized cutters
  • fit and join metal sheets using riveting, soldering and related equipment
  • demolish buildings
  • sort, clean and pile salvaged materials from demolished buildings
  • operate jackhammers and drills to break up concrete or pavement.
Working Conditions
Updated Dec 19, 2016

Construction craft labourers work primarily outdoors, in all weather conditions. Overtime is routinely required during peak construction periods.

There is some risk of injury involved in working on construction sites. Construction craft labourers must wear personal protective equipment - P.P.E. - (hardhats, gloves and steel-toed boots) and follow safety programs and legislation.

Construction craft labourers may be required to lift and move items weighing over 25 kilograms. They may also be required to work at heights.

  • Strength Required Lift over 20 kg
Skills & Abilities
Updated Dec 19, 2016

Construction craft labourers need the following characteristics:

  • physical strength and stamina
  • manual dexterity
  • a safety conscious attitude
  • the ability to work with others in a team.

They should enjoy being physically active, working outdoors, using hand and power tools, and working in an occupation that provides a visible sense of accomplishment.

Educational Requirements
Updated Dec 19, 2016

Construction craft labourer is a designated occupation in Alberta. This means that training and certification are not required but trainees can apply to Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training for an Alberta Occupational Certificate. 

To register, prospective trainees must find a suitable employer who is willing to hire and train a trainee. Most employers prefer to hire applicants who have a high school diploma or related experience.

The term of training for the construction craft labourer program is a minimum of 12 months that include at least 2,000 hours of work experience. 

Applicants who have related training or experience may qualify for credit or certification.

Related Education

The following schools offer programs or courses that are related to this occupation but are not required to enter the field.

Designated Occupations

Northern Alberta Institute of Technology

For a broad list of programs and courses that may be related to this occupation try searching using keywords.

Certification Requirements
Updated Dec 19, 2016

This is a designated occupation. For full details, see the Construction Craft Labourer and Asbestos Worker certification profiles.

Asbestos Worker

Asbestos workers are employed in construction and other occupations requiring the removal of asbestos containing materials.


Under Alberta's Occupational Health and Safety Code, workers who work with asbestos must be adequately trained to perform the work safely. An asbestos worker required to work in a restricted area must have successfully completed an asbestos training course approved by the Government of Alberta.

What You Need

Certification requires successful completion of a course approved by the Director of Occupational Hygiene, Alberta Labour. For course guidelines and a list of agencies accredited to provide asbestos worker training and issue asbestos worker cards, see the Asbestos Worker Training page on the Alberta Labour website.

Working in Alberta

Asbestos workers who are certified by and in good standing with a regulatory organization elsewhere in Canada may challenge an exam in Alberta if certified asbestos workers in the two jurisdictions have similar responsibilities and competencies. For more information, see "What if I am already certified in another province or territory?" and the Alberta regulatory authority (below).

Contact Details

Director of Occupational Hygiene
Alberta Labour
8th Floor, 10808 - 99 Avenue
Edmonton, Alberta
Canada  T5K 0G5
Toll-free phone number (within Alberta): 1-866-415-8690
Contact Occupational Health and Safety webpage:
Asbestos Worker Training webpage:

Construction Craft Labourer

Construction craft labourers prepare and clean up construction sites, move materials and equipment, and perform demolition, excavation and compaction activities. For more information, see the Trades and Occupations section of Alberta's Tradesecrets website.


In Alberta, optional government-legislated certification is available for construction craft labourers.

Working in Alberta

Construction craft labourers with legislated certification in good standing elsewhere in Canada may be eligible for certification in Alberta. For more information, see "What if I am already certified in another province or territory?" and the Recognized Trade Certificates page of the Tradesecrets website.

Contact Details

Any of the Apprenticeship and Industry Training Client Service Offices located throughout Alberta. For a list of office locations and telephone numbers, click on "Contact Us" on the home page of the Tradesecrets website (

Employment & Advancement
Updated Dec 19, 2016

Construction craft labourers are employed by a variety of contractors in all sectors of the construction industry. Employment prospects in the construction industry change depending on the season and economy. For the foreseeable future in Alberta long-term prospects for employment as a construction craft labourer are excellent.

Experienced construction craft labourers may advance to supervisory or foreman positions. Certified Alberta construction craft labourers who have the supervisory or management skills required by industry may apply for an Achievement in Business Competencies Blue Seal by contacting Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training.

Construction craft labourers are part of the larger 2011 National Occupational Classification 7611: Construction trades helpers and labourers. In Alberta, 78% of people employed in this classification work in the following industries:

The employment outlook in this occupation will be influenced by a wide variety of factors including:

  • time of year (for seasonal jobs)
  • trends and events affecting overall employment (especially in the industries listed above)
  • location in Alberta
  • employment turnover (work opportunities generated by people leaving existing positions)
  • occupational growth (work opportunities resulting from the creation of new positions that never existed before)
  • size of the occupation.

Over 21,100 Albertans are employed in the Construction trades helpers and labourers occupational group. This group is expected to have a below-average annual growth of 0.8% from 2016 to 2020. As a result, 42 new positions are forecast to be created each year, in addition to job openings created by employment turnover. Note: As construction craft labourers form only a part of this larger occupational group, only some of these newly created positions will be for construction craft labourers. 

Employment turnover is expected to increase as members of the baby boom generation retire over the next few years.

Wage & Salary
Updated Dec 19, 2016

Experienced construction craft labourers earn from $19 to $35 an hour plus benefits (2014 estimates).

Construction trades helpers and labourers

Survey Methodology

Survey Analysis

Overall Wage Details
Average Wage
Average Salary
Hours Per Week

Hourly Wage
For full-time and part-time employees
  • Low
  • High
  • Average
  • Median
Wages* Low (5th percentile) High (95th percentile) Average Median
Starting $16.00 $29.82 $20.51 $20.00
Overall $18.00 $34.50 $25.12 $24.00
Top $21.00 $47.50 $31.57 $29.50

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* All wage estimates are hourly except where otherwise indicated. Wages and salaries do not include overtime hours, tips, benefits, profit shares, bonuses (unrelated to production) and other forms of compensation.

A: High Reliability
Data Reliability Code Definition

High Reliability, represents a CV of less than or equal to 6.00% and 30 survey observations and/or represents 50% or more of all estimated employment for the occupation.

Industry Information
Finance, Insurance, Real Estate, Leasing
Wholesale Trade
Public Administration
Oil & Gas Extraction
Retail Trade
Business, Building and Other Support Services
Other Services (Repair, Personal Services and Related)

Skills Shortage

Employers that Recruited in the Last 2 Years


Recruiting Employers that Experienced Hiring Difficulties


Employers with Unfilled Vacancies of over 4 Months


Vacancy Rate

Related Post-Secondary Field of Study
  • Trades, Industrial and Related Training
Other Sources of Information
Updated Dec 19, 2016

Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training website:

BuildForce Canada website:

Calgary Construction Association website:

For more information on career planning, education and jobs call the Alberta Supports Contact Centre toll-free at 1-877-644-9992 or 780-644-9992 in Edmonton, or visit an Alberta Supports Centre near you.

Updated Mar 29, 2015. The information contained in this profile is current as of the dates shown. Salary, employment outlook, and educational program information may change without notice. It is advised that you confirm this information before making any career decisions.

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