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Construction Craft Laborer



Construction craft laborers work as physical laborers at buildings, highways, and construction projects. They perform a wide variety of duties and operate all kinds of hand and power tools.

*Construction Craft Laborer is a Pre-Apprenticeship program, which offers students the hands-on training and education needed to qualify for apprenticeships.




Career Details


Students in Construction Craft Laborer are trained in the following subject areas:

  • Using basic construction materials such as concrete, lumber, sand, and bricks
  • Installing slopes and adjusting for changes in elevation on construction sites
  • Identifying and caring for different types of lumber and learning the use of each type
  • Using scaffolding, hand levels, transits, plumb-bobs, builder’s levels, and other tools on construction sites
  • Moving sand, gravel, concrete blocks, and other construction materials

Career Options

Career Options

Most Construction Craft Laborer Job Corps graduates work for construction contractors.


Before entering the program, students must:

  • Complete all required activity in the Career Preparation Period, including Career Exploration and Career Success/Workplace Skills.
  • Meet basic academic requirements in math and reading.


As a Job Corps student, you will have the opportunity to earn credentials in your training area that may lead to greater employment opportunities, higher wages, and promotions.


While on the job, you will be expected to display the following traits at all times:

  • Attention to detail
  • Commitment to safety
  • Dependability
  • Integrity
  • Monitoring skills

Construction Craft Laborer Numbers to Know


National average earning potential for this career

Completion times vary by training area. Check with your admissions advisor.


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