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Construction Craft Worker

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Construction craft workers perform a wide variety of tasks including moving materials and equipment, performing demolition, excavation and compaction activities.

They work at a wide variety of industrial plant sites, buildings, structures and premises including municipal sewer and water mains, roads, dams and bridges, tunnels, railways and pipelines.

Duties and responsibilities vary from one job to another but, in general, construction craft workers:

  • handle and distribute construction materials (e.g. load and unload vehicles with supplies, equipment and construction materials; move tools, equipment and construction materials to and from work areas; remove rubble and other debris),
  • excavate, backfill and compact subgrade (e.g. move and level earth using shovels and rakes; operate tampers),
  • place, consolidate and protect cast-in-place concrete or masonry structures (e.g. shovel concrete and other materials into concrete mixers; mix, pour and spread concrete; use concrete vibrators),
  • install municipal sewer and water mains (e.g. dig trenches using shovels and other hand tools; align pipes and perform related activities),
  • assemble and dismantle scaffolding, ramps, catwalks, shoring and barricades at construction sites,
  • drill and blast rock at construction sites,
  • demolish buildings,
  • sort, clean and pile salvaged materials from demolished buildings,
  • operate jackhammers and drills to break up concrete or pavement, and
  • provide support for other trades, as required.

Program Information

Program Information & Requirements
Occupational Certification
  • The term of training for a construction craft worker is a minimum of 12 months and a minimum of 2000 hours work experience.
  • To qualify for an Alberta Occupational Certificate based on work experience that meets Alberta standards for the occupation, a person must have at least 3000 hours and 18 months of 'hands-on' work experience in the construction craft worker occupation.  Time spent on supervisory or foreman duties, counter work, heading the tool crib, or on a training course is NOT counted as 'hands-on' work experience.
  • Trainees may attempt the Interprovincial Exam in the final period of their occupational training and, if successful, be granted a Red Seal.

Supporting Resources

Description / Resources
Occupation Information Get important information about the duties, working conditions, and skills and abilities needed to work in this occupation. (You will be re-directed to the alis website.)
Job Information View job postings in this occupation, and learn about the current job market, average wage and resources for finding a job. (You will be re-directed to the alis website.)
Competency Profile Get information on all of the program requirements and what you will learn.
Examinations Get exam counselling sheets for your upcoming apprenticeship, interprovincial or qualification exam.
Recognized Credentials A person who holds a valid recognized credential is permitted to work in Alberta, but some employers may require Alberta documentation as proof that the holder is allowed to work in the occupation or that the holder's credential is recognized.
Occupation Regulation For more information regarding tasks and activities, please review the Occupation Regulation.