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Every road, home, bridge and skyscraper owes its existence to these hardworking folks. The job may be physically demanding, but the pride of saying “I made that” is tough to beat.
In most construction jobs, you’ll learn through on-the-job training under the guidance of experienced workers. A high school diploma may or may not be required, depending on the job.
You’ll need the basic math knowledge to perform simple calculations and accurate measurements on the job. Mechanical skills are important to safely operate and maintain equipment. And this is a job where you’ll often perform strenuous tasks, such as moving and lifting heavy equipment, so physical strength and stamina are a must.
After two years, you may expect to have mastered skills in areas related to the everyday tasks of the job, such as blueprint reading, using proper tools and equipment, and following health and safety procedures.
Five years into this career, you can expect to have mastered skills in areas such as blueprint reading, using proper tools and equipment, following health and safety procedures, and other everyday aspects of the job.
By this stage you’ll likely have mastered more advanced or specialized skills, such as building construction, demolition and deconstruction, environmental remediation, road and utility construction, tunneling, masonry, landscaping, or pipeline construction.