Construction Craft Worker
Introduction
Construction craft workers work mostly on construction sites. Their tasks include site preparation and cleanup, setting up and removing equipment, working on concrete and masonry, steel, wood and pre-cast erecting projects. They handle materials and equipment and perform demolition, excavation and compaction activities. They may also be responsible for site security.
Essential Skills Requirements:
 
Safety-related Activities
Reading
Ability to understand short instructions and warnings written on signs, labels and packaging. (Complexity: 1)
Ability to read memos and notices, e.g. read memos to learn about changes to worksite procedures. (Complexity: 2)
Ability to read workplace safety materials, e.g. read Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) to understand the chemical composition and hazards of products, such as adhesives. (Complexity: 2)
Ability to understand written instructions about the use, maintenance and storage of personal protective equipment. (Complexity: 2)
Document Use
Ability to identify icons used in WHMIS, fire control and other hazard management systems. (Complexity: 1)
Ability to recognize symbols and icons, e.g. identify hazard symbols on Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS) labels. (Complexity: 1)
Writing
Ability to write text entries in forms to describe events leading up to incidents or accidents. (Complexity: 2)
Thinking
Ability to evaluate the safety of equipment and the severity of workplace hazards. (Complexity: 2)
 
Construction-related Activities
Reading
Ability to understand short written comments on technical drawings. (Complexity: 1)
Ability to read product use instructions, e.g. read instructions for the use of scissor lifts. (Complexity: 2)
Ability to understand and interpret provincial and national codes applicable to the trade. (Complexity: 3 or higher)
Document Use
Ability to locate information such as dimensions and construction procedures using basic drawings. (Complexity: 1)
Ability to scan flowcharts to determine the sequencing of simple tasks and processes. (Complexity: 1)
Ability to locate information such as dimensions and construction procedures using moderately complex scale drawings. (Complexity: 2)
Ability to use a variety of moderately complex plan, elevation and section drawings, e.g. use moderately complex drawings to determine construction techniques, specifications and the location of components, such as fasteners. (Complexity: 2)
Thinking
Ability to choose tools, methods and products for construction projects, e.g. consider project specifications, building codes and the availability of time and labour. (Complexity: 1)
Ability to evaluate the quality of work performed by considering factors such as the appearance and structural integrity of completed projects. (Complexity: 2)
 
General Administrative Duties
Reading
Ability to understand short written comments on forms such as job-hazard assessments. (Complexity: 1)
Ability to read a variety of operating manuals, e.g. may read manuals to learn about the set-up, operation and maintenance of equipment. (Complexity: 2)
Document Use
Ability to complete a variety of checklists and forms, e.g. complete hazard assessment forms by checking boxes and entering data such as dates, times and quantities. (Complexity: 1)
Ability to locate and enter data on labels, e.g. locate mixing ratios and drying times on the labels of products, such as sealers. (Complexity: 1)
Ability to locate operating data such as temperatures, pressures and electrical readings using gauges and digital readouts. (Complexity: 1)
Ability to locate data such as classifications, times, temperatures, ingredients and quantities in moderately complex tables. (Complexity: 2)
Writing
Ability to write comments in forms and schedules, e.g. write comments in job hazard assessment forms to notify co-workers about obstacles, such as overhead power lines. (Complexity: 1)
Ability to write reminders and short notes to co-workers. (Complexity: 1)
Thinking
Ability to deal with minor equipment breakdowns and malfunctions. (Complexity: 1)
Ability to evaluate the condition and performance of tools and equipment. (Complexity: 2)
Oral Communication - Listening
Ability to understand short spoken statements such as a simple instruction or question. (Complexity: 1)
Ability to understand moderately complex spoken statements such as instructions involving multiple steps. (Complexity: 2)
Oral Communication - Speaking
Ability to ask simple questions and explain simple thoughts, instructions and opinions using appropriate language. (Complexity: 1)
Ability to explain moderately complex thoughts, instructions and opinions using appropriate tone and language. (Complexity: 2)
 
Use of Mathematics
Whole Numbers
Ability to read and write, count, round off, add or subtract, multiply or divide whole numbers, e.g. read measuring tapes, order lumber. (Complexity: 2)
Fractions
Ability to read and write, add or subtract fractions, multiply or divide by a fraction, multiply or divide fractions, e.g. use fractional units of inches when measuring the thickness of flooring materials. (Complexity: 2)
Decimals
Ability to read and write, round off, add or subtract decimals, multiply or divide by a decimal, multiply or divide decimals, e.g. use decimals to record partial units for measurement, such as 6.4 metres. (Complexity: 2)
Percents and Mixed Operations
Ability to use percent to locate numbers; add, subtract, multiply and divide signed numbers; complete mixed operations with whole numbers, fractions, percents and decimals. (Complexity: 2)
Data Analysis
Ability to calculate and use totals, sub-totals and basic summary measures like averages and rates; perform proportional calculations. (Complexity: 2)
Geometry - Basic Skills
Ability to analyze and draw lines and line segments; use coordinates to locate points in a plane; calculate angles; use concepts such as parallelism to solve problems. (Complexity: 2)
Geometry - Plane Figures
Ability to calculate perimeters, areas and circumferences; analyze angles and distances in triangles, rectangles and circles; analyze complex shapes into constituent plane figures. (Complexity: 2)
Measurement
Ability to measure things such as distances, weights, volumes, temperatures and angles; use and convert between Metric and Imperial measurement units. (Complexity: 2)
Algebra
Ability to construct and solve equations with one to three different variables and use common formulas. (Complexity: 2)