Construction Laborers are the lifeblood of any construction site. These men and women stage materials, clear debris, and assist skilled craft professionals. The work can change from day to day and it is important that each laborer is physically strong, proficient with general hand and power tools, and capable of learning quickly.Clic para leer en espanol
Construction Laborers are also known as Manual Laborers, General Laborers, Skiller Laborers, and Construction Workers
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One of our missions at Construction Citizen is to help match future craft professionals with jobs that will benefit their families over the long haul while helping to create a sustainable workforce for the industry. The beauty of it is that those things go hand in hand, but we cannot do it alone. That is why we launched the Craft Careers section of our publication a few months ago and why we have partnered with Community Family Centers more recently to host a discussion for their adult students about career opportunities. We will be doing much more on all these fronts and working with other community service organizations as well.
White says he got into construction when he and his dad went to California to work in construction there. He began working as a union laborer and soon realized that he was making “pretty decent money.” A year later he was working as a carpenter building scaffolds. After a few years, White returned to Texas and worked for a company that sent him to take classes from the Construction and Maintenance Education Foundation (CMEF). That training allowed him to improve his skills as a pipefitter, and he went on to be promoted to a supervisor who was in charge of other pipefitters. He has been working at Force for the past four years.
“I think the biggest advantage is that our students want to be here. The average student at CTHS chose to be in this program, so they have that will and that desire to enter the construction industry. … The things that you would look for in an employee, we look for in a student.” The school’s stated mission is to “empower students to successfully transition to the global community through unique educational experiences.”
At Chamberlin, Miguel started out as a “laborer” where his duties included moving trash, setting out and covering material, moving materials, and readying equipment. After a couple of years, he was given the opportunity to run a crew of four laborers who tackled smaller projects such as jobs which were only 1500 square feet. He said, “Whenever I got [the jobs] done, Chamberlin saw that I could do it because I liked it, and they gave me the opportunity to grow more.”
In college I worked during summers in construction as a laborer for a general contracting firm because I could make more money doing that than anything else, then basically I just grew to love it. I was working for a general contractor after college when a friend of mine contacted me. He ran an engineering personnel placement service, and he thought that I would be a good fit for a relatively young stone contractor out of New Orleans. I interviewed and was hired.