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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.
asphalt spreader, bricklayer helper, carpenter helper, concrete mixer helper, construction helper, construction labourer, demolition worker, driller helper – surface mining, drywall sander, flagman/woman, glazier helper, labourer, concrete paving, labourer, excavation, pipeline mandrel operator, plumber helper, roofer helper, stabber – pipeline construction.
- Load and unload construction materials, and move materials to work areas
- Erect and dismantle concrete forms, scaffolding, ramps, catwalks, shoring and barricades required at construction sites
- Mix, pour and spread materials such as concrete and asphalt
- Assist tradespersons such as carpenters, bricklayers, cement finishers, roofers and glaziers in construction activities
- Assist heavy equipment operators to secure special attachments to equipment, signal operators to guide them in moving equipment and provide assistance in other activities
- Assist in aligning pipes and perform related activities during oil and gas pipeline construction
- Assist in drilling and blasting rock at construction sites
- Assist miners in excavating and in setting up and operating various drills and other surface mining machinery
- Level earth to fine grade specifications using rake and shovel
- Assist in demolishing buildings using prying bars and other tools, and sort, clean and pile salvaged materials
- Remove rubble and other debris at construction sites using rakes, shovels, wheelbarrows and other equipment
- Operate pneumatic hammers, vibrators and tampers as directed
- Tend or feed machines or equipment used in construction such as mixers, compressors and pumps
- Clean up chemical spills and other contaminants, and remove asbestos and other hazardous materials
- Oil and grease hoists and similar equipment
- Direct traffic at or near construction sites
- Perform other activities at construction sites, as directed.
Outlook & Prospects for Construction Trades Helpers and Labourers in Fredericton--Oromocto
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Local Employment Potential Information
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Currently the chances of qualified Construction Trades Labourers finding employment are considered to be limited in the local area.
Employment opportunities for Construction Trades Labourers may vary in different communities across the province. You may want to check for specific opportunities in your community. Also, people who are able to work elsewhere may want to research the opportunities for this occupation in other areas of New Brunswick or in other provinces across the country.
According to the most recent (2006) Census, this is a large occupational group with a labour force of 750, and an unemployment rate (19%) that is above the average (8%) for all occupations in the area. Also, the average age of Construction Trades Helpers and Labourers is 37, which is below the average age (40) of all occupations.
According to the most recent Canadian Occupational Projections System (COPS) Forecast, the average annual employment growth rate for this occupation is below the average for all occupations in New Brunswick. Many of the jobs in this occupation can be found in the Construction industry.
This occupation is classified as "significant" because there is a large percentage of Construction Trades Helpers and Labourers working within the area and/or it is a strategically important occupation to the local labour market.
Construction Trades Helpers and Labourers are seasonal occupations. Demand for this occupation is highly dependant upon major construction projects and good economic conditions. While 2010 saw record levels of construction in the area, this pace is not expected to continue in 2011 as both residential and non-residential construction eases in the coming year. Also, the economic downturn resulted in many individuals returning from work in Western Canada to search for work closer to home. Despite a large number of observed vacancies, there seems to be an adequate supply of labour available to employers.
For more information on Construction Trades Labourers (opportunities in other areas, training, who hires, current job openings and additional statistics), please click on one of the links below or select another option from the left sidebar.
Date Published: 2011-09-06
Local Labour Market News
Week of Apr 22 – Apr 26, 2013
- A job fair will be held in Fredericton on April 30th at the Delta Hotel for job seekers interested in working in Western Canada. Seven companies will be represented at the fair.
Week of Apr 15 – Apr 19, 2013
- According to a building activity report released by the City of Fredericton development committee, overall construction activity in the first quarter of this year increased to $17.6M compared to $16.9M during the same period last year. It was also reported to be the highest first quarter construction value since 2008.
- Shannex Inc. has received final approval to proceed with the construction of an 80-unit luxury retirement complex at 35 Patience Lane in Fredericton
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