Construction Worker in North Adams, Massachusetts
Constructs and repairs buildings, bridges, and roads. Demolishes buildings and bridges. Grades and maintains railroad right-of-ways and lays ties and rail. Widens, deepens, and improves rivers, canals, and harbors, requiring little or no independent judgment. Installs waterworks, locks, and dams. Digs, spreads, and levels dirt and gravel, using pick and shovel. Lifts, carries, and holds building materials, tools, and supplies. Cleans tools, equipment, materials, and work areas. Mixes, pours, and spreads concrete, asphalt, gravel, and other materials, using hand tools. Joins, wraps, and seals sections of pipe. Performs variety of routine, non-machine tasks, such as removing forms from set concrete, filling expansion joints with asphalt, placing culvert sections in trench, assembling sections of dredge pipeline, removing wallpaper, and laying railroad track. Many of these jobs are not full time; project size and organization of work determine whether workers spend their time on one job or transfer from task to task as project progresses to completion. Some workers habitually work in one branch of industry, whereas others transfer according to availability of work or on seasonal basis. Work is usually performed with other workers.