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Construction Craft Laborer



Construction craft laborers work as physical laborers at buildings, highways, and construction projects. They perform a wide variety of duties and operate all kinds of hand and power tools.

Career Details


Students in are trained in the following subject areas:

  • Using basic construction materials such as concrete, lumber, sand, and bricks
  • Installing slopes and adjusting for changes in elevation on construction sites
  • Identifying and caring for different types of lumber and learning the use of each type
  • Using scaffolding, hand levels, transits, plumb-bobs, builder’s levels, and other tools on construction sites
  • Moving sand, gravel, concrete blocks, and other construction materials

Career Options

Career Options

Most Construction Craft Laborer graduates work for construction contractors. Working hours for construction craft laborers vary. Most work normal day shifts, but many work weekends depending on the deadlines of construction sites.


Before entering the program, students must:

  • Complete the core curriculum with passing scores on all written and performance tests.
  • Have strong math and reading skills.
  • Have a high school diploma or equivalent.


As a Job Corps student, you will have the opportunity to earn credentials in your training area that may lead to greater employment opportunities, higher wages, and promotions.


While on the job, you will be expected to display the following traits at all times:

  • Attention to detail
  • Commitment to safety
  • Dependability
  • Integrity
  • Monitoring skills
  • Physical endurance

Construction Craft Laborer Numbers to Know


National average earning potential for this career


Months needed to complete career training

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