General Laborer Job Duties
The job duties of a general laborer vary. They may include cleaning and preparing a job site, loading and delivering materials and using a variety of tools and machines, such as blowtorches, forklifts, levels, lifts, power drills, grinders, saws, pressure washers and water spraying equipment. Laborers set up and take down ladders, scaffolding and other temporary structures. They help carpenters, masons and other specialized contractors.
At road construction sites, general laborers may control traffic. They set up markers, cones and barricades and may flag vehicles to control the traffic flow.
General Laborer Requirements
General construction laborers must have physical strength, hand-eye coordination and endurance. Laborers must also be able to concentrate on their tasks. The ability to understand and communicate information is also essential.
There are no minimum educational requirements to be a general laborer, but laborers who have specialized skills have the best opportunities. An informal apprenticeship, consisting of on-the-job training and learning from more experienced contractors, is a common way for general laborers to learn their job.
Must have reliable transportation
Must be able to work overtime and weekends including all shifts
Must pass a pre-employment physical and drug test