What does a Native Residential Construction Worker (296A) do?

A Native Residential Construction Worker may work in any aspect of constructing a First Nations home, from excavating to finishing electrical or carpentry. They are trained in carpentry, electrical, and plumbing.

Job Related Skills, Interests and Values

  • Reading and interpreting blueprints, plans, and diagrams
  • Using and maintaining hand and power tools
  • Planning and building foundations, including staking out excavation site, excavating, calculating volume of concrete required, and pouring cement
  • Constructing roofing systems, including establishing locations of attic access and lift trusses
  • Performing plumbing work, from rough in of plumbing to installing sinks/drains
  • Roughing in housing frame; performing basic welding; building and installing stairways
  • Landscaping sites, which may involve applying finishing grades and top soils
  • May manage projects, including setting timelines, supervising work, and sub-contracting

What Preparation and Training Do You Need?

  • Secondary school diploma is required
  • While not mandatory, completion of 4,000-hour apprenticeship, including 480 in-school theory hours, is recommended

What's Your Future as a Native Residential Construction Worker (296A)?

  • Full-time (35-40 hrs); may work project-by-project or for construction company
  • Indoor and outdoor work; may be exposed to variety of weather conditions and noise
  • Must be willing to travel to where work is
  • Employers include residential developers, construction firms, and contractors

Wage Rate

Apprentice wage increases with skills and expertise. Fully qualified workers earn an average of $14.00 per hour, though supervisors and forepersons can earn significantly more.

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