What does a Construction Craft Worker (450A) do?

Construction Craft Workers prepare, excavate, backfill, compact, and clean up work sites. They also handle materials, as well as ship and receive parts.

Job Related Skills, Interests and Values

  • Understanding health and safety protocols and how they apply to the job
  • Mechanical aptitude; ability to work with various tools
  • Manual dexterity
  • Ability to do hard physical work, including working safely at heights
  • Blueprint reading
  • Strong organizational and time management skills
  • Ability to communicate clearly and follow instructions
  • Willing to work as part of a team on projects that are physically and mentally challenging

What Preparation and Training Do You Need?

  • Grade 10 is the legal minimum, but secondary school diploma is usually required by employers and unions
  • Completion of 2,400-hour apprenticeship, including on-the-job and in-school training
  • Completion of exam to obtain Certificate of Qualification

What's Your Future as a Construction Craft Worker (450A)?

  • Most work full-time, sometimes in shifts
  • Work conditions vary from job to job; best suited for those who are physically fit
  • Some travel to job sites may be necessary
  • Potential employers include residential and commercial building developers, building construction firms, and mechanical construction firms

Wage Rate

Apprentice wage increases with skill and experience. Fully qualified workers earn an average of $23.00-$35.00 per hour.


Construction Craft Worker (450A)

Ask Yourself: Yes No
Do you have good hand-eye coordination? Do you have any artistic ability and enjoy working with your hands and mind?
Are you able to work indoors and outdoors? Are you comfortable working at all heights?
Are you able to read blueprints and measurements accurately? Have basic math skills.
Are you able to follow Health & Safety guidelines?
Are you able to lift more than 50lbs? Are you able to stand or sit for long periods of time?
Are you detail-oriented and good with colours? Do you have the ability to work closely with others?
Are you reliable, a self-starter and able to work with minimal supervision? Can you start and finish work on time?

If you checked YES to the majority of these questions, a career as a Construction Craft Worker (450A) may be for you!

You might want to look at these similar trades as well;

  • Carpenter
  • Bricklayer
  • Plumber
  • Industrial Woodworker

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