How to become a Building Labourer

Building labourers assist building and construction personnel by erecting, repairing and dismantling structures and facilities.

Personal requirements for a Building Labourer

  • Good communication and interpersonal skills
  • Physical strength and stamina
  • Deadline-orientated
  • Good problem solving skills
  • Ability to work in a team

Education & Training for a Building Labourer

A Year 10 certificate, Certificate I or on-the-job training is sometimes needed but not generally required to become a building labourer. Alternatively, you can complete a traineeship during or after secondary school to work in this job.


Additional information

Workers in the construction industry are required to complete safety induction training and be issued with a Construction Induction Card (CIC).

Duties & Tasks of a Building Labourer

Building labourers:

  • Construct and dismantle temporary amenities such as barricades and scaffolding
  • Handle and transport building and construction materials, tools and equipment around building sites
  • Mix, pour and spread building materials such as concrete, plaster and mortar
  • Excavate clearing and levelling sites by digging holes and operating building and construction machinery
  • Spread and level asphalt, soil and sand on paths, driveways, roads and other locations

Working conditions for a Building Labourer

Building labourers work on building and construction sites. They are required to work in a range of weather conditions, including hot and dusty environments. They tend to work regular hours, but may also be required to work additional hours at busy times. Building labourers often travel locally to building sites, but they may be required to work at a different site each day.


Employment Opportunities for a Building Labourer

Building labourers can work across a range of industries in many locations. Most employment prospects are in local government bodies, assisting in the construction of buildings, roads and paths. Building labourers can also be employed in the residential construction sector.


Specializations

Building Labourer

Building labourers assist building and construction personnel by erecting, repairing and dismantling structures and facilities.

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