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Construction Craft Worker

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About This Career

Construction Craft Workers do a lot of heavy lifting assisting welders, carpenters, insulators, concrete finishers, boilermakers and ironworkers. They're the second set of hands for many in oil and gas-related construction. One day, the job might be to run a chain saw, and the next day, it could be installing valves or helping surveyors slash trees and move equipment. You could also work with a pipeline crew, helping to space pipe.

This is an ideal job for a new entrant to the oil and gas industry. Construction Craft Workers do a little of everything and perform a wide array of construction-related tasks within all phases: preparing and cleaning a work site, setting up and removing equipment, assisting on concrete, masonry, steel, wood or pre-cast erection projects, assisting in demolition and excavation and possibly conduct site safety and security checks.  As far as equipment goes, they could be operating air hammers, earth tampers, cement mixers, mechanical hoists or surveying and measuring equipment. 

Education: Grade 10 (or equivalent) is typically required.

Employment: This occupation is found in onshore environments and is typically employed in the oil and gas services sector of the oil and gas industry.

Example titles: Construction Worker/Labourer, Curb and Gutter Labourer, Drain Layer, Drop Crew Labourer, Helper, Labourer, Post Framer, Flagman/woman, Stabber

Work Activities
Communicating with Persons Outside the Organization
Controlling traffic passing near, in or around work zones.
Evaluating Information
Signalling equipment operators to facilitate the alignment, movement or adjustment of machinery, equipment and materials.
Handling and Moving Objects
Assisting heavy equipment operators to secure special attachments to equipment, signalling operators to guide them in moving equipment and providing assistance in other activities.
Assisting in aligning pipes and performing related activities during oil and gas pipeline construction.
Digging ditches or trenches, backfilling excavations and compacting and levelling earth to grade specifications using picks, shovels, pneumatic tampers or rakes.
Erecting and dismantling scaffolding, shoring, braces, traffic barricades, ramps, and other temporary structures.
Levelling earth to fine grade specifications using a rake and shovel.
Mixing, pouring or spreading concrete using portable cement mixers.
Removing rubble and other debris at construction sites using rakes, shovels, wheelbarrows and other equipment.
Operating Vehicles, Mechanized Devices or Equipment
Operating jackhammers or drills to break up concrete and pavement.
Performing General Physical Activities
Assisting tradespersons such as carpenters, bricklayers, cement finishers, roofers and glaziers in construction activities
Cleaning or preparing construction sites to eliminate possible hazards.
Loading, unloading and identifying building materials, machinery or tools, and distributing them to the appropriate location according to project plans or specifications.
Repairing and Maintaining Mechanical Equipment
Lubricating, cleaning or repairing machinery, equipment and tools.
Public Safety and Security
Equipment Selection
Active Listening
Working with others
Career Path
  • Supervisory positions
  • Apprenticeship in another construction trade
  • Rig Technician
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How Can I Work in LNG?

As Canada prepares for the launch of a liquefied natural gas (LNG) sector, this occupation will play a key role in:

  • LNG export facility construction
  • Natural gas pipeline construction
  • Oil and gas services
  • Turnaround maintenance

When the LNG industry takes off, you can be a part of the action!

Working Conditions
  • Road
    Remote Locations
  • Industrial excavator
    Active Machinery
  • Arrow
    Shift Work
  • Physical
    Physically Demanding
  • Heights
    Working from Heights
  • Overtime
    Some Overtime Required
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  • Construction of buildings (residential and non-residential)
  • Heavy and civil engineering construction
Job Details

Job Category



Oil and gas services



Qualifications + Experience


  • Grade 10


  • Completion of a two-year apprenticeship program is typically required to become a certified tradesperson. Some previous experience in construction is preferred.
  • The Red Seal endorsement is the interprovincial standard of excellence, and is available to tradespersons upon successful completion of the Red Seal examination.
  • Standard and emergency first aid
  • Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS)
  • Construction Safety Training System (CSTS)
  • Confined space entry
  • Fall protection
  • Pipeline Construction Safety Training (PCST)
  • H2S Alive