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Construction Craft Worker

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

Employers that Recruited in the Last 2 Years

62%
62%
Average Wage
Starting
Overall
Top
  • Certification Provincially Regulated
  • Strength Required Lift over 20 kg
Interest Codes
The Construction Craft Worker is part of the following larger National Occupational Classification (NOC).
Construction Trades Helpers and Labourers
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

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.

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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

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.

  • Strength Required Lift over 20 kg
Skills & Abilities
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.

Educational Requirements
Updated Mar 31, 2020

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.

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

Certification Requirements
Updated Mar 31, 2020

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.

What You Need

Certification requires successful completion of a course approved by the Government of Alberta. 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 Government of Alberta 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 in Canada? and the Government of Alberta website.

Contact Details

Director of Occupational Hygiene
Government of Alberta
8th Floor, 10808 - 99 Avenue
Edmonton, Alberta T5K 0G5
Canada

Call: 780-415-8690
Call toll-free within Alberta: 1-866-415-8690
Occupational Health and Safety webpage:
www.alberta.ca/occupational-health-safety.aspx
Asbestos Worker Training webpage:
www.alberta.ca/asbestos-worker-training.aspx

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.

Working in Alberta

Construction craft workers 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 in Canada? 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 (tradesecrets.alberta.ca).

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.

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 [pdf] in this occupation is influenced by a wide variety of factors including:

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

In Alberta, the H821: Construction Trades Helpers and Labourers occupational group is expected to have a below-average annual growth of 0.2% from 2016 to 2020. In addition to job openings created by employment turnover, 42 new positions are forecasted to be created within this occupational group each year.

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).

Construction trades helpers and labourers

Survey Methodology

Survey Analysis

Overall Wage Details
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Hours Per Week

Hourly Wage
For full-time and part-time employees
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  • 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.

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
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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