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NOC Code: NOC Code: 7611 Occupation: Construction trades helpers and labourers
Occupation Description: Occupation Description:
Construction trades helpers and labourers assist skilled tradespersons and perform labouring activities at construction sites, in quarries and in surface mines. They are employed by construction companies, trade and labour contractors, and surface mine and quarry operators. Construction trades helpers and labourers assist skilled tradespersons and perform labouring activities at construction sites, in quarries and in surface mines. They are employed by construction companies, trade and labour contractors, and surface mine and quarry operators.

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Essential Skills Essential Skills Levels
Reading Reading 1 2 3
Writing Writing 1 2
Document Use Document Use 1 2 3
Digital Technology Digital Technology 1 2
Oral Communication Oral Communication 1 2 3
Money Math Money Math 1
Scheduling or Budgeting and Accounting Scheduling or Budgeting and Accounting 1 2
Measurement and Calculation Measurement and Calculation 1 2 3
Data Analysis Data Analysis 1 2
Numerical Estimation Numerical Estimation 1 2
Job Task Planning and Organizing Job Task Planning and Organizing 1 2
Decision Making Decision Making 1 2
Problem Solving Problem Solving 1 2
Finding Information Finding Information 1 2
Critical Thinking Critical Thinking 1 2


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Reading
  • Read short text entries on forms and technical drawings, e.g. read comments on forms to learn about delivery schedules. (1)
  • Read instructions and warnings written on signs, labels and packaging, e.g. read warning labels on tools to learn about shock hazards. (1)
  • Read a variety of instructions and procedures, e.g. read step-by-step instructions to learn how to mix mortars and clean parts. (2)
  • Read notices and bulletins, e.g. read notices from workers' compensation boards to learn about workplace hazards and incidents. (2)
  • Read safety-related information, e.g. read safety rules and regulations governing fall protection, confined spaces and other hazards. (3)
  • Read manuals, e.g. read manuals to learn how to inspect and operate equipment, such as forklifts. (3)
  • Read trade journals, brochures and website articles to learn about new products and construction technologies. (3)
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Writing
  • Write short notes to co-workers, e.g. write short notes to co-workers to inform them about defective equipment. (1)
  • Write short comments in logbooks, e.g. write short comments in logbooks to record the outcome of safety inspections. (1)
  • Write short reports to describe events leading up to workplace accidents, e.g. write about injuries and events when completing reports for workers' compensation boards. (2)
  • Write text entries in forms, e.g. enter information into change order forms to record unexpected work. (2)
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Document Use
  • Scan labels on product packaging and equipment to locate specifications, times, safety information and identification numbers. (1)
  • View digital readouts, e.g. scan readings on survey equipment to determine grades and slopes. (1)
  • Refer to lists, e.g. scan parts lists to identify identification numbers and quantities. (1)
  • Locate data, such as dates, times and dimensions, in tables, e.g. scan conversion charts to determine the required size of drill bits. (2)
  • Complete a variety of forms, e.g. complete checkboxes and enter data, such as dates, identification numbers and times, in equipment inspection forms and invoices. (2)
  • Interpret technical drawings including floor plans, schematics and assembly drawings, e.g. study construction drawings to determine the location and size of door and window openings. (3)
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Digital Technology
  • Send text messages to update co-workers on progress being made on projects. (1)
  • Use calculators and personal digital assistants (PDA) to complete numeracy-related tasks. (1)
  • Use databases to retrieve inventory counts and order supplies. (2)
  • Use communication software to exchange email with suppliers and co-workers. (2)
  • Access online information, such as bulletins posted by suppliers, manufacturers, unions and associations. (2)
  • Use laptop computers to complete topographical surveys and generate diagrams. (2)
  • Use digital multimeters and scan tools to measure current, voltage and resistance. (2)
  • Use the Internet to access training courses and seminars offered by apprenticeship trainers, suppliers, employers and associations. (2)
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Oral Communication
  • Speak to suppliers to learn about products, prices and delivery schedules. (1)
  • Participate in group discussions at staff meetings and at training courses, to discuss safety, goals, procedures, job timeframes and projects. (2)
  • Exchange information with co-workers and other tradespeople, e.g. talk to supervisors to learn about job assignments and to coordinate activities and schedules. (2)
  • Listen to instructions, e.g. listen to step-by-step instructions to learn how to operate equipment, such as hoists and power-actuated tools. (3)
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Money Math
  • Purchase supplies using petty cash and receive change. (1)
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Scheduling or Budgeting and Accounting
  • Budget time to meet deadlines for jobs. (2)
  • Order parts or materials, seeking the best price. (2)
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Measurement and Calculation
  • Take a variety of measurements using basic tools, e.g. measure the height of doorways and the angle of brackets. (1)
  • Measure the dimensions and angles of building materials using basic tools, such as tape measures and protractors. (1)
  • Calculate material requirements, e.g. calculate the amount of water needed to mix specified amounts of mortar. (2)
  • Take precise measurements using specialized measuring instruments, e.g. use calipers to measure the diameters of milled rods. (3)
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Data Analysis
  • Compare measurements to specifications, e.g. compare the size of window openings to the dimensions found on floor plans. (1)
  • Calculate averages, e.g. use several readings to calculate average cylinder pressures. (2)
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Numerical Estimation
  • Estimate weights, e.g. estimate the weights of loads to be lifted by hoists. (2)
  • Estimate quantities, e.g. estimate the number of pipes needed to complete a project. (2)
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Job Task Planning and Organizing
  • Construction trades helpers and labourers take direction for most of their activities from forepersons or more senior persons on site, although they often determine their priorities independently. There is little autonomy and their activities must be co-ordinated with the work of others. Plans may be adjusted due to interruptions, such as unexpected rain or snow, the late arrival of supplies or rush orders. (2)
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Decision Making
  • Decide the order of tasks, e.g. decide the order in which to construct floors, walls and rafters. (1)
  • Choose the tools to accomplish tasks, e.g. consider the type of tasks to be performed and the tools that are available. (1)
  • Decide how to perform work safely. Consider requirements for personal protective equipment and hazards to yourself and others. (2)
  • Decide to report unsafe work conditions. Act on requirements to report unsafe work conditions by discussing concerns and decisions with co-workers and supervisors. (2)
  • Decide whether parts are reusable or should be rebuilt, e.g. consider the condition of parts and their replacement cost. (2)
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Problem Solving
  • Encounter delays due to material shortages. Inform supervisors of the shortages and contact suppliers to arrange deliveries. Perform other work until the needed supplies arrive. (1)
  • Encounter delays due to equipment breakdowns. Inform supervisors about equipment breakdowns and perform other work until repairs are completed. Attempt to troubleshoot and repair the equipment. (2)
  • You have been asked to perform unsafe work. Speak with supervisors to clarify requests and refuse to perform work considered unsafe. Follow legislated right to refuse unsafe work policies until satisfactory outcomes are achieved. (2)
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Finding Information
  • Find out the schedule of activities by reviewing work orders and by speaking with co-workers, tradespeople and supervisors. (1)
  • Find information on the operation and maintenance of new equipment by looking in equipment instruction manuals and by talking to co-workers and trainers employed by equipment manufacturers. (2)
  • Refer to floor plans and specifications and speak to co-workers to learn about construction projects. (2)
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Critical Thinking
  • Evaluate the quality of construction. Take measurements, check alignments and physically test the elements you constructed. (2)
  • Evaluate the performance of equipment. Consider the speed and accuracy of equipment outputs. (2)
  • Evaluate the safety of work sites. Observe electrical, slipping and fall hazards and the location of safety equipment, such as fire extinguishers. Take note of other potential hazards, such as improperly stored tools, broken equipment and confined spaces. (2)
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