CompGeo Salary Survey Benchmark Job Summary and Competencies

Construction Laborers

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CompGeo Occupation Group: Construction
Job Family: Construction Trades
Benchmark Title: Construction Laborers
Summary Job Description Tasks
Perform tasks involving physical labor at construction sites. May operate hand and power tools of all types: air hammers, earth tampers, cement mixers, small mechanical hoists, surveying and measuring equipment, and a variety of other equipment and instruments. May clean and prepare sites, dig trenches, set braces to support the sides of excavations, erect scaffolding, and clean up rubble, debris and other waste materials. May assist other craft workers. Clean or prepare construction sites to eliminate possible hazards.
Read plans, instructions, or specifications to determine work activities.
Control traffic passing near, in, or around work zones.
Signal equipment operators to facilitate alignment, movement, or adjustment of machinery, equipment, or materials.
Dig ditches or trenches, backfill excavations, or compact and level earth to grade specifications, using picks, shovels, pneumatic tampers, or rakes.
Position, join, align, or seal structural components, such as concrete wall sections or pipes.
Measure, mark, or record openings or distances to layout areas where construction work will be performed.
Load, unload, or identify building materials, machinery, or tools, distributing them to the appropriate locations, according to project plans or specifications.
Erect or dismantle scaffolding, shoring, braces, traffic barricades, ramps, or other temporary structures.
Position or dismantle forms for pouring concrete, using saws, hammers, nails, or bolts.
Lubricate, clean, or repair machinery, equipment, or tools.
Operate jackhammers or drills to break up concrete or pavement.
Smooth or finish freshly poured cement or concrete, using floats, trowels, screeds, or powered cement finishing tools.
Operate or maintain air monitoring or other sampling devices in confined or hazardous environments.
Install sewer, water, or storm drain pipes, using pipe-laying machinery or laser guidance equipment.
Transport or set explosives for tunnel, shaft, or road construction.
Provide assistance to craft workers, such as carpenters, plasterers, or masons.
Tend pumps, compressors, or generators to provide power for tools, machinery, or equipment or to heat or move materials, such as asphalt.
Mop, brush, or spread paints, cleaning solutions, or other compounds over surfaces to clean them or to provide protection.
Place, consolidate, or protect case-in-place concrete or masonry structures.
Identify, pack, or transport hazardous or radioactive materials.
Use computers or other input devices to control robotic pipe cutters or cleaners.
Mix, pour, or spread concrete, using portable cement mixers.
Grind, scrape, sand, or polish surfaces such as concrete, marble, terrazzo, or wood flooring, using abrasive tools or machines.
Tend machines that pump concrete, grout, cement, sand, plaster, or stucco through spray guns for application to ceilings or walls.
Mix ingredients to create compounds for covering or cleaning surfaces.
Raze buildings or salvage useful materials.
Spray materials such as water, sand, steam, vinyl, paint, or stucco through hoses to clean, coat, or seal surfaces.
Apply caulking compounds by hand or caulking guns to protect against entry of water or air.
CompGeo Occupation Group: Construction
Job Family: Construction Trades
Benchmark Title: Construction Laborers
Important Knowledge Competencies Competency Description
Building and Construction Knowledge of materials, methods, and the tools involved in the construction or repair of houses, buildings, or other structures such as highways and roads.
Design Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.
Mathematics Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
Mechanical Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
Public Safety and Security Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions.
English Language Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
Engineering and Technology Knowledge of the practical application of engineering science and technology. This includes applying principles, techniques, procedures, and equipment to the design and production of various goods and services.
Education and Training Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
Administration and Management Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
Customer and Personal Service Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
Transportation Knowledge of principles and methods for moving people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road, including the relative costs and benefits.
Production and Processing Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.
CompGeo Occupation Group: Construction
Job Family: Construction Trades
Benchmark Title: Construction Laborers
Important Skill Competencies Competency Description
Speaking Talking to others to convey information effectively.
Coordination Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
Active Listening Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
Critical Thinking Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
Social Perceptiveness Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
Operation Monitoring Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
Operation and Control Controlling operations of equipment or systems.
Complex Problem Solving Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
CompGeo Occupation Group: Construction
Job Family: Construction Trades
Benchmark Title: Construction Laborers
Important Ability Competencies Competency Description
Manual Dexterity The ability to quickly move your hand, your hand together with your arm, or your two hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects.
Arm-Hand Steadiness The ability to keep your hand and arm steady while moving your arm or while holding your arm and hand in one position.
Multilimb Coordination The ability to coordinate two or more limbs (for example, two arms, two legs, or one leg and one arm) while sitting, standing, or lying down. It does not involve performing the activities while the whole body is in motion.
Static Strength The ability to exert maximum muscle force to lift, push, pull, or carry objects.
Oral Comprehension The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
Control Precision The ability to quickly and repeatedly adjust the controls of a machine or a vehicle to exact positions.
Trunk Strength The ability to use your abdominal and lower back muscles to support part of the body repeatedly or continuously over time without 'giving out' or fatiguing.
Oral Expression The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
Problem Sensitivity The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
Near Vision The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
Speech Recognition The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
Speech Clarity The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
Selective Attention The ability to concentrate on a task over a period of time without being distracted.
Finger Dexterity The ability to make precisely coordinated movements of the fingers of one or both hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble very small objects.
Stamina The ability to exert yourself physically over long periods of time without getting winded or out of breath.
Information Ordering The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
Written Comprehension The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
Deductive Reasoning The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
Inductive Reasoning The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
Rate Control The ability to time your movements or the movement of a piece of equipment in anticipation of changes in the speed and/or direction of a moving object or scene.
Extent Flexibility The ability to bend, stretch, twist, or reach with your body, arms, and/or legs.
Far Vision The ability to see details at a distance.
CompGeo Occupation Group: Construction
Job Family: Construction Trades
Benchmark Title: Construction Laborers
Tools/Technology Example Product Category
Adjustable widemouth pliers Adjustable widemouth pliers
Adjustable wrenches Adjustable wrenches
Air compressors Air compressors
Air drills Pneumatic drill
Air monitoring equipment Air samplers or collectors
Asphalt kettles Kettle exchangers
Asphalt mops Asphalt finishers
Asphalt saws Power saws
Axes Axes
Bale hooks Lifting hooks
Bandsaws Bandsaw wheel
Belt conveyors Belt conveyors
Bench grinders Power grinders
Bosun chairs Manlift or personnel lift
Brick carrier forks Adjustable forks
Brick hammers Hammers
Brick tongs Tongs
Cable pullers Pullers
Calipers Calipers
Carpenters' levels Levels
Carpenters' squares Squares
Caulking guns Caulking guns
Chain saws Power saws
Chip spreaders Chip Spreaders
Chipping guns Power chippers
Circular saws Power saws
Cold chisels Cold chisels
Concrete mixers Concrete mixers or plants
Concrete pumpers Cement pumping units
Concrete saws Power saws
Coring machines Coring equipment
Crawler shovels Track loaders
Crowbars Pry bars
Cutoff saws Power saws
Cutout saws Power saws
Demolition saws Demolition equipment kits
Disc grinders Power grinders
Drill presses Drilling machines
Dump trucks Dump trucks
Dynamite blasters Explosive initiators
Earth tampers Tampers
Electric boring machines Boring or sinking machinery
Electric drills Power drills
Electric welders Welders
Fall arrest systems Safety harnesses or belts
Fencing pliers Wire or cable cutters
Floats Floats
Floor sanders Power sanders
Floor saws Power saws
Forklifts Forklifts
Forks Adjustable forks
Gas leak detection devices Gas detectors
Generators Gas generators
Gin poles Blocks or pulleys
Guniting machines Shotcrete spraying equipment
Hammer drills Power drills
Hammers Hammers
Hand grinders Grinders
Hand trucks Hand trucks or accessories
Hoists Hoists
Hole cutters Hole saws
Hydraulic booms Hydraulic truck cranes
Hydraulic boring machines Boring or sinking machinery
Hydraulic chainsaws Power saws
Hydraulic rock drills Hydraulic rock drills
Hydraulic speed shoring equipment Shoring equipment
Hydraulic track-guided wall saws Power saws
Impact hammers Impact hammers
Impact wrenches Impact wrenches
Jackhammers Pneumatic hammer
Jet trucks for cleaning sewer lines Water trucks
Jig saws Power saws
Kerosene burners Burners
Ladders Ladders
Laser guidance equipment for pipe placement Laser measuring systems
Laser levels Levels
Laser measuring devices Laser measuring systems
Laser screeds Concrete spreaders
Levels Levels
Liquid propane torches Blow torches
Loaders Wheel loaders
Manlifts Manlift or personnel lift
Masonry forklifts Forklifts
Mattocks Picks
Measuring wheels Measuring wheels for distance
Micrometers Micrometers
Mortar hoes Hoes
Mortar mixers Plaster or mortar mixers
Motor graders Graders
Mowing equipment Mowers
Mud jacks Mud pumps
Nail guns Power nail guns
Oil distributors Aggregate spreaders
Oxygen/acetylene torches Blow torches
Paddle mixers Rotary tiller mixers
Paint sprayers Paint sprayers
Pavement breakers Paving breakers
Pedestal grinders Power grinders
Picks Picks
Pickup trucks Light trucks or sport utility vehicles
Plasma cutters Plasma welding machinery
Plaster mixers Plaster or mortar mixers
Plumb bobs Plumb bobs
Pneumatic drills Pneumatic drill
Pneumatic staplers Staple guns
Post hole augers Post hole digger
Power buggies Power buggies
Power drills Power drills
Power sanders Power sanders
Power screwdrivers Power screwguns
Pressure washers Pressure or steam cleaners
Protective suits Hazardous material protective apparel
Punches Punches or nail sets or drifts
Rakes Rakes
Reciprocating saws Power saws
Remote pipe cameras Digital camcorders or video cameras
Respirators Respirators
Ride-on vacuum cleaners Vacuum cleaners
Road rollers Rollers
Robotic pipe cleaners Drain or pipe cleaning equipment
Robotic pipe cutters Pipe or tube cutters
Rotary hammers Hammer drills
Rough terrain forklifts Forklifts
Saber saws Power saws
Salamanders Space heaters
Sandblasters Pneumatic sanding machines
Saws Saws
Scaffolding Scaffolding
Scarifiers Scarifiers
Scissor lifts Scissor lift
Screeds Concrete spreaders
Screwdrivers Screwdrivers
Sewer cleaner vactors Sludge or sewage handling trucks
Sewer rodding machines Drain or pipe cleaning equipment
Shovels Shovels
Sidewalk sweepers Vacuum cleaners
Skid steer loaders Skid steer loaders
Slings Slings
Smoke testers Leak testing equipment
Smudge pots Burners
Snowplows Snowplow attachments
Spades Spades
Spirit levels Levels
Steam cleaning equipment Pressure or steam cleaners
Steam jennies Pressure or steam cleaners
Stucco spray guns Hand sprayers
Stump cutters Blades or tooth or other cutting edges
Suction sweepers Vacuum cleaners
Surveying rods Measuring rods
Swing chairs Manlift or personnel lift
Swing stages Manlift or personnel lift
Tampers Tampers
Tape measures Tape measures
Tappers Taps or dies
Temperature probes Remote reading thermometers
Theodolites Theodolites
Torches Blow torches
Transit levels Level sensors or transmitters
Trenchers Trenching machines
Tripods Instrument tripods
Trowels Trowels
Tuck pointers Trowels
Two way radios Two way radios
Vibratory plate compactors Vibratory plates
Wagon drills Hydraulic rock drills
Walk-behind compacting equipment Compactors
Walk-behind saws Power saws
Water levels Levels
Water samplers Water samplers
Water spraying equipment Water trucks
Water tank trucks Water trucks
Weed sprayers Sprayers
Welding hoods Welding masks
Winches Winches
Wire stretchers Pullers
CompGeo Occupation Group: Construction
Job Family: Construction Trades
Benchmark Title: Construction Laborers
Prerequisite Qualification Category Education and Experience Level
Required Level of Education High School Diploma (or GED or High School Equivalence Certificate)
CompGeo Occupation Group: Construction
Job Family: Construction Trades
Benchmark Title: Construction Laborers
Alternate Job Title(s)
Adz Worker
Air Breaker Operator
Air Drill Operator
Air Gun Operator
Air Hammer Operator
Air Tool Operator
Aluminum Pool Installer
Asbestos Removal Worker
Asphalt Distributor Tender
Asphalt Heater Tender
Asphalt Layer
Asphalt Patcher
Asphalt Paver
Asphalt Raker
Asphalt Smoother
Asphalt Spreader
Asphalt Tamper
Asphalt Worker
Auxiliary Equipment Tender
Awning Hanger
Awning Maker and Installer
Batch Dumper
Biofuels Plant Construction Worker
Black Top Raker
Black Topper
Bottom Man
Bottom Worker
Breast Worker
Bridge Builder
Broom Man
Broom Worker
Brush Cutter
Building Cleaner
Bull Float Finisher
Burlap Man
Burlap Worker
Caisson Worker
Cement Based Materials Pump Tender
Cement Breaker
Cement Cutter
Cement Finisher
Cement Mixer
Chuck Tender
Cinder Crew Worker
Circular Saw Operator
Column Precaster
Concrete Building Assembler
Concrete Buster Operator
Concrete Curer
Concrete Handler
Concrete Layer
Concrete Mixer
Concrete Pourer
Concrete Puddler
Concrete Spreader
Concrete Vibrator Operator
Concrete Worker
Connection Worker
Construction Craft Laborer
Construction Inspector
Construction Laborer
Construction Person
Construction Pit Worker
Construction Trench Digger
Construction Worker
Construction or Leak Gang Laborer
Core-Drill Operator
Culvert Installer
Curb and Gutter Laborer
Demolition Hammer Operator
Demolition Specialist
Demolition Worker
Dirt Shoveler
Ditch Digger
Ditch Repairer
Ditch Rider
Dope Pourer
Dowel Pin Man
Dowel Pin Worker
Drain Layer
Drapery Hanger
Dredge Pipe Operator
Dredge Pipeman
Driller Helper
Drop Crew Laborer
Dust Handler
Earth Mover
Fence Post Driver
Fire Pot Operator
Flare Man
Flare Worker
Form Carpenter
Form Stripper
Grade Checker
Grade Tamper
Gravel Screener
Grit Blaster
Grommet Man
Grommet Worker
Ground Hand
Ground Worker
Grout Machine Operator
Grout Worker
High Man
High Worker
Hod Carrier
Hole Digger
Home Performance Laborer
Hose Operator
House Mover Helper
Hydraulic Jack Adjuster
Hydraulic Jack Operator
Jackhammer Operator
Jet Man
Jet Worker
Jetting Machine Operator
Joint Filler
Joint Sealer
Kettle Firer
Kettle Operator
Kettle Worker
Land Clearer
Lawn Sprinkler Installer
Liquid Floor and Wall Applier
Macadam Raker
Maintenance Worker
Manhole Stripper
Mastic Man
Mastic Worker
Mat Man
Mat Weaver
Mat Worker
Mesh Man
Mesh Worker
Mixer Tender
Mixing Plant Dumper
Mop Man
Mop Worker
Mortar Carrier
Mortar Maker
Mortar Man
Mortar Mixer
Mortar Worker
Mud Jack Nozzleman
Municipal Maintenance Worker
Nozzle Operator
Nuclear Plant Construction Worker
Oil Heater Operator
Oil Heaterman
Paper Steamer
Pick and Shovel Man
Pick and Shovel Worker
Pile Header
Pile Trimmer
Piling Setter
Pin Puller
Pipe Cutter
Pipe Installer
Pipe Line Repairer
Plaster Machine Tender
Playground Equipment Erector
Plug Drill Operator
Pneumatic Riveter
Pole Setter
Post Framer
Powder Loader
Power Washer
Precast Concrete Products Installer
Pressure Washer
Pumper Helper
Punch Out Crew Member
Rail Layer
Rail Setter
Right-of-Way Clearer
Right-of-Way Cutter
Right-of-Way Man
Right-of-Way Worker
Riprap Man
Riprap Worker
Rivet Flunky
Rock Worker
Rod Placer
Rod Puller
Rubble Placer
Sand Blaster
Sand Hog
Sandblast Operator
Scoop Filler
Service Line Layer
Sewer Builder
Sewer Digger
Sewer Repairer
Sidewalk Repairer
Skilled Laborer
Skip Tender
Slip Dumper
Slip Filler
Slip Injector and Applicator
Snow Fence Erector
Steam Cleaning Machine Operator
Steel Layer
Steel Placer
Steel Post Installer
Stone Breaker
Straightedge Man
Straightedge Worker
Straw Boss
Stripe Marker
Swimming Pool Installer and Servicer
Tar Kettle Runner
Tar Man
Tar Pot Man
Tar Pot Worker
Tar Worker
Track Repair Laborer
Tuckpointer, Cleaner, Caulker
Tunnel Man
Tunnel Worker
Turntable Man
Turntable Worker
Venetian Blind Installer
Vibrator Operator
Wagon Winder
Wall Cleaner
Wall Scraper
Wall Steamer
Wall Washer
Wallpaper Cleaner
Wallpaper Scraper
Water Proofer
Well Cleaner
CompGeo Occupation Group: Construction
Job Family: Construction Trades
Benchmark Title: Construction Laborers
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