In this job, people drive or operate equipment and machinery to build and repair roads, buildings, and more. Apprenticeships and training programs are available, but it's also very common to learn on the job.
What Construction Equipment Operators Do
Construction equipment operators drive, maneuver, or control the heavy machinery used to construct roads, buildings and other structures.
Construction equipment operators work in nearly all weather conditions. They often get dirty, greasy, muddy, or dusty. The majority of operators work full time, and some operators have irregular work schedules. Some construction projects, especially road building, are done at night.
How to Become a Construction Equipment Operator
Many workers learn equipment operation on the job after earning a high school diploma or equivalent, and others learn through an apprenticeship or by attending vocational schools.
Overall employment of construction equipment operators is projected to grow 10 percent from 2018 to 2028, faster than the average for all occupations. Spending on infrastructure is expected to increase, resulting in new positions over the next 10 years. Workers who can operate multiple types of equipment should have the best job opportunities.
Projected Growth: 12%
2018 Median Pay: $54,290 per year Oregon
Construction and Building Inspectors
Construction and building inspectors ensure that construction meets local and national building codes and ordinances, zoning regulations, and contract specifications.
Construction and building inspectors ensure that construction meets building codes and ordinances, zoning regulations, and contract specifications.
Construction and building inspectors spend considerable time inspecting worksites, alone or as part of a team. Some inspectors may have to climb ladders or crawl in tight spaces. Most work full time during regular business hours.
Most employers require construction and building inspectors to have at least a high school diploma and work experience in construction trades. Inspectors also typically learn on the job. Many states and local jurisdictions require some type of license or certification.
Projected Growth: 13%
2018 Median Pay: $72,750 per year in Oregon
Perform tasks involving physical labor at construction sites. May operate hand and power tools of all types: air hammers, earth tampers, cement mixers, small mechanical hoists, surveying and measuring equipment, and a variety of other equipment and instruments. May clean and prepare sites, dig trenches, set braces to support the sides of excavations, erect scaffolding, and clean up rubble, debris, and other waste materials. May assist other craft workers.
How to Become a Construction Laborer.
Employers prefer that have applicants have some basic understanding and skills. Most of the positions do not require certification. If you are physically able to perform the required tasks, you can arrive to work on time, ready to work. Please keep in mind these positions require a drug screen in order to be hired.
The median annual wage for construction laborers was $35,800 in May 2019. Oregon Median is $34,470
Employment of construction laborers projected to grow 12% nationally & 23% percent from 2016 to 2026 in Oregon, Job opportunities for qualified job seekers should be very good.