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Apprenticeship

Construction Craft Worker

Construction craft workers prepare and clean up construction sites. They move materials and equipment and do demolition, excavating and compacting activities.

Also Known As

Construction Craft Labourer, 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) 
Interests & Abilities

In Alberta, this occupation is part of 1 or more 2006 National Occupational Classification (NOC) groups. If there are multiple related NOC groups, select a NOC heading to learn about each one.

Construction Trades Helpers and Labourers
2006 NOC : 7611

Interest Codes

Interest Codes for This NOC Group

METHODICAL

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

OBJECTIVE

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

innovative

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

Your Interest Codes

To identify or change your interest codes, complete the Interests Exercise in CAREERinsite.

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 for this NOC group 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 About Interests

Abilities

Typical ability expectations for this NOC group
Your abilities

To fill in or change the values for your abilities, complete the Abilities Exercise in CAREERinsite.

Mental Abilities

General Learning Ability

Verbal Ability

Numerical Ability

Visual Abilities

Spatial Perception

Form Perception

Clerical Perception

Physical Abilities

Motor Coordination

Finger Dexterity

Manual Dexterity

Understanding Abilities

A Quick Guide

You are born with abilities that help you process certain types of information and turn it into action. These abilities influence which skills you can learn more easily.

The abilities or aptitudes shown for this NOC group come from the General Aptitude Test Battery (GATB). The GATB measures 9 aptitudes. It groups them into 3 categories: mental, visual, and physical.

The abilities scores range from 1 to 5, with 5 being stronger.

Learn About Abilities

Duties
Updated Mar 31, 2020

Construction craft workers work on a wide variety of buildings, structures and premises. Examples are sewer and water mains, industrial construction sites, roads, dams, bridges, tunnels, railways and pipelines.

Their duties vary from one job to another. But in general, they:

  • Move construction tools and materials to and from work areas
  • Remove rubble and other debris from work areas
  • Excavate, backfill, compact and level subgrade (using shovels and rakes or pneumatic and gasoline-powered tampers)
  • 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 or align pipes)
  • Put together and take apart scaffolding, ramps, catwalks, shoring and barricades
  • Drill and blast rock
  • Install, repair or replace roofing systems (as directed by a foreman)
  • Read and interpret drawings
  • Measure and cut glass (using glass or computerized cutters)
  • Fit and join metal sheets (using riveting and soldering equipment)
  • Demolish buildings
  • Sort, clean and pile salvaged materials from demolished buildings
  • Use jackhammers and drills to break up concrete or pavement
Working Conditions
Updated Mar 31, 2020
  • Strength Required Lift over 20 kg

Construction craft workers work mainly outdoors. They work in all weather conditions. They often work overtime during peak construction periods.

There is some risk of injury when working on construction sites. Construction craft workers must wear safety gear (hardhats, gloves and steel-toed boots) and follow safety programs and legislation.

Construction craft workers sometimes have to work at heights.

Traits & Skills
Updated Mar 31, 2020

Construction craft workers need:

  • Strength and stamina
  • Manual dexterity
  • A safety-conscious attitude
  • The ability to work as a team

They should enjoy being physically active and doing work that produces visible results. They should be comfortable working outdoors and using hand and power tools.

Top 10 Skills Employers Are Looking For

Construction trades helpers and labourers
NOC code: 7611

This chart shows which job skills are currently in highest demand for this occupational group. It was created using this occupation's 100 most recent Alberta job postings, collected between May 20, 2022 and May 28, 2022.

Review these skills to learn:

  • Whether or not this occupation matches your skill set
  • What training you may need to get these skills
  • What skills to highlight in your resumé, cover letter, and interview.
Load, unload and transport construction materials
Remove rubble and other debris at construction sites
Mix, pour and spread materials
Personal Suitability: Team player
Personal Suitability: Reliability
Personal Suitability: Flexibility
Clean and pile salvaged materials
Erect and dismantle concrete forms, scaffolding, ramps, catwalks shoring and barricades
Assist in framing houses, erecting walls and building roofs
Assist heavy equipment operators
Educational Requirements
Updated Mar 31, 2020
  • Minimum Education Designated Occupation

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

To register for certification based on training, prospective trainees must find a suitable employer who is willing to hire them. They must also have completed grade 9, equivalent education, or pass the entrance exam. Most employers prefer applicants who have a high school diploma or related experience. Training for construction craft workers includes at least 2,000 hours and 12 months of work experience.

Applicants looking for certification based on work experience need at least 3000 hours and 18 months of hands-on experience as a construction craft worker.

Applicants who have related training or work experience may be eligible for admission, credit or certification. Credits may reduce the period of apprenticeship.

To expand or narrow your search for programs related to this occupation, visit Post-Secondary Programs.

Completing a program does not guarantee entrance into an occupation. Before enrolling in an education program, prospective students should look into various sources for education options and employment possibilities. For example, contact associations and employers in this field.

Certification Requirements
Updated Mar 31, 2020
  • Certification Provincially Regulated

Certain professional titles or duties within this occupation are protected by provincial legislation. Requirements vary if you use these titles or perform these duties.

The related legislation is shown below. If there are multiple related legislations, select a certification heading to learn about each one.

Asbestos Worker

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

Legislation

Under Alberta’s Occupational Health and Safety Code [pdf], 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.

For information on what you need and other details, visit the certification profile Asbestos Worker.

Construction Craft Worker

Construction craft workers 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.

Legislation

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

For information on what you need and other details, visit the certification profile Construction Craft Worker.

Additional Information

Certified tradespeople who want to build their business skills may obtain an Achievement in Business Competencies (Blue Seal) Certificate from Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training.

Employment & Advancement
Updated Mar 31, 2020

Construction craft workers work for a variety of contractors.

Experienced construction craft workers may advance to supervisory or foreman roles.

Industry Concentration

This section shows the industries where the majority of people in this occupation work. The data is based on the 2016 Census.

In Alberta, this occupation is part of 1 or more 2016 National Occupational Classification (NOC) groups.

In the 7611: Construction trades helpers and labourers occupational group, 79.6% of people work in:

Employment Outlook

Employment outlook is influenced by a wide variety of factors including:

  • Time of year (for seasonal jobs)
  • Location in Alberta
  • Employment turnover (when people leave existing positions)
  • Occupational growth (when new positions are created)
  • Size of the occupation
  • Trends and events that affect overall employment, especially in the industry or industries from the previous list

In Alberta, the 7611: Construction trades helpers and labourers occupational group is expected to have a below-average annual growth of 1.6% from 2019 to 2023. In addition to job openings created by employment turnover, 314 new positions are forecasted to be created within this occupational group each year.

Note
NOC groups often include several related occupations. Although there is labour market data for the larger NOC group, this occupation makes up only a part of that group. It means data for this occupation may be different than the data shown. For example, only some of the new positions to be created will be for this occupation. It also applies to other data for the NOC group such as number of people employed.

Source: Alberta Regional Occupational Demand Outlook

Employment prospects in the construction industry change with the season and economy.

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

Wage & Salary
Updated Mar 31, 2020

Experienced construction craft workers earn from $19 to $40 an hour plus benefits (2020 estimates).

In Alberta, this occupation is part of 1 or more 2016 National Occupational Classification (NOC) groups. If there are multiple related NOC groups, select a NOC heading to learn about each one.

Construction trades helpers and labourers

2016 NOC : 7611
Average Wage
$25.12
Per Hour
Average Salary
$50,786.00
Per Year
Average Hours
41.9
Per Week
Average Months on Payroll
11.1
Survey Methodology Survey Analysis

Source
2019 Alberta Wage and Salary Survey

NOC 7611 Wage Profile

Unless otherwise noted, the data shown here is for all industries and all regions in Alberta.

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.

To see the full survey data for this NOC group, visit the wage profile.

Other wage sources
To make an informed wage and salary decision, research other wage sources [pdf] to supplement this data.

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.


Hourly Wage
For full-time and part-time employees
  • Low
  • High
  • Average
  • Median
Starting
Overall
Top
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.

Pay brackets for hourly wages

  • Starting pay: average pay offered for entry-level positions
  • Overall pay: average pay across all employees in this occupation
  • Top pay: average pay offered to top-paid employees

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

Skills Shortage

Employers that Recruited in the Last 2 Years

62%
62%)

Recruiting Employers that Experienced Hiring Difficulties

32%
32%

Employers with Unfilled Vacancies of over 4 Months

10%
10%

Vacancy Rate

3%
Related Post-Secondary Field of Study
  • Trades, Industrial and Related Training
Other Sources of Information
Updated Mar 31, 2020

Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training website: tradesecrets.alberta.ca

BuildForce Canada website: www.buildforce.ca

Get information and referrals about career, education, and employment options from Alberta Supports.

Updated Mar 31, 2020. 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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