Construction Craft Worker Spotlight
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Construction Craft Workers are a second set of hands for welders, carpenters, insulators, concrete finishers, boilermakers and ironworkers who work in oil and gas-related construction.
What a typical day looks like:
This is an ideal job for a new entrant to the oil and gas-related construction industry who wants to learn the ropes. Construction Craft Workers do a little of everything and rarely have a typical day. They roll up their sleeves, start working and get a little dirty. They do a lot of the heavy lifting assisting welders, carpenters, insulators, concrete finishers, boilermakers and ironworkers.
Construction Craft Workers prepare and clean a work site, set up and remove equipment and assist on concrete, masonry, steel, wood or pre-cast erection projects. Some days are all about demolition or excavation, while others are all about set-up and assistance. As far as equipment goes, they could be operating air hammers, earth tampers, cement mixers, mechanical hoists or surveying and measuring equipment. They mix, pour and spread concrete. They measure, mark and record the construction area. They assist as needed.
One day, the job might be to run a chain saw, and the next day, it could be installing valves or helping surveyors slash trees and move equipment. They may also work with a pipeline crew, helping to space pipe.
Typically employed in the oil and gas services sector of the oil and gas industry, a Construction Craft Worker may find themselves working at construction sites for wells, pipelines or facilities. This may require working away from home, living in a camp, shift work and/or extended hours.
The kinds of problems Construction Craft Workers solve at work:
These workers jump in and offer help as needed. They provide needed skills and labour to make sure work gets done and the project stays on schedule.
Skills used most on the job:
Construction Craft Workers should expect to do some heavy lifting. They also have a strong presence of mind to work safely in all weather conditions and around potential hazards such as dangerous substances (e.g., asbestos insulation), flying particles, dust, noise and moving or rotating equipment, instruments, machinery and power or hand tools. They are eager to learn, listen and work with others.
Construction Craft Workers add a valuable set of hands on a construction site and keep things moving along. They get a chance to sample a variety of tasks and trades to truly learn what they like or don’t like about working on a construction site.