Construction trades helpers and labourers (NOC 7611)

About this job

Construction trades helpers and labourers:

  • assist skilled tradespersons and perform labouring activities at construction sites, in quarries and in surface mines
  • work for construction companies, trade and labour contractors, and surface mine and quarry operators
Common job titles
  • asphalt / paving
  • bridge gang
  • cement / concrete
  • operator, air gun / air hammer
  • operator, grout machine / grout pump
  • operator, manual stone spreader
  • asphalt / paving
  • bridge gang
  • cement / concrete
  • clamper
  • construction
  • crane chaser


Annual provincial median salary


Source: 2016 Job Bank Wage data

Note:Estimated median employment income based on 2016 Job Bank median hourly wage rate (median annual salary = hourly wage rate x 40 (hours per week) x 52.14 (weeks per year))

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Source: 2016 Job Bank Wage Report


Construction trades helpers and labourers perform some or all of the following duties:

  • load and unload construction materials, and move materials to work areas
  • put up and take down concrete forms, scaffolding, ramps, catwalks shoring and barricades at construction sites
  • mix, pour and spread materials such as concrete and asphalt
  • help tradespersons such as carpenters, bricklayers, cement finishers, roofers and glaziers in construction activities
  • help heavy equipment operators secure special attachments to equipment, signal operators to guide them in moving equipment, and provide assistance in other activities
  • help align pipes and perform related activities during oil and gas pipeline construction
  • help with drilling and blasting rock at construction sites
  • help miners with excavating and setting up and operating various drills and other surface mining machinery
  • level earth to fine grade specifications using rake and shovel
  • help demolish buildings using prying bars and other tools, and sort, clean and pile salvaged materials
  • remove rubble and other debris at construction sites using rakes, shovels, wheelbarrows and other equipment
  • operate pneumatic hammers, vibrators and tampers as directed
  • tend or feed machines or equipment used in construction, such as mixers, compressors and pumps
  • clean up chemical spills and other contaminants, and remove asbestos and other hazardous materials
  • oil and grease hoists and similar equipment
  • direct traffic at or near construction sites
  • perform other activities at construction sites as directed

Work environment

Key aspects of the work in this occupational group:

  • Work takes place indoors and outdoors in various weather conditions.
  • Workers may be exposed to hazardous substances such as asbestos insulation.
  • Work takes place near or with equipment, instruments, machinery or power/hand tools that may be a potential source of accident or injury.
  • Workers may be exposed to flying particles, noise, vibration, strong odours and dust.
  • Workplaces such as construction sites, underground sites and erected support structures can be hazardous.

Job requirements

Education, training & qualifications

  • Some experience as a general construction labourer may be required for construction trade helpers.
  • Some pipeline workers, such as stabbers, mandrel operators and pre-heater tenders, usually require one season of experience in oil and gas pipeline construction.
  • Flagmen/women may require a traffic control certificate.


  • Manual Dexterity
  • Methodical
  • Motor Coordination
  • Object-Oriented
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Career paths and resources

Career paths

Movement is possible among workers in this group.

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