About This Career
Construction Craft Workers do a lot of heavy lifting assisting welders, carpenters, insulators, concrete finishers, boilermakers and ironworkers. They're the second set of hands for many in oil and gas-related construction. One day, the job might be to run a chain saw, and the next day, it could be installing valves or helping surveyors slash trees and move equipment. You could also work with a pipeline crew, helping to space pipe.
This is an ideal job for a new entrant to the oil and gas industry. Construction Craft Workers do a little of everything and perform a wide array of construction-related tasks within all phases: preparing and cleaning a work site, setting up and removing equipment, assisting on concrete, masonry, steel, wood or pre-cast erection projects, assisting in demolition and excavation and possibly conduct site safety and security checks. As far as equipment goes, they could be operating air hammers, earth tampers, cement mixers, mechanical hoists or surveying and measuring equipment.
Education: Grade 10 (or equivalent) is typically required.
Employment: This occupation is found in onshore environments and is typically employed in the oil and gas services sector of the oil and gas industry.
Example titles: Construction Worker/Labourer, Curb and Gutter Labourer, Drain Layer, Drop Crew Labourer, Helper, Labourer, Post Framer, Flagman/woman, Stabber
- Supervisory positions
- Apprenticeship in another construction trade
- Rig Technician
As Canada prepares for the launch of a liquefied natural gas (LNG) sector, this occupation will play a key role in:
- LNG export facility construction
- Natural gas pipeline construction
- Oil and gas services
- Turnaround maintenance
When the LNG industry takes off, you can be a part of the action!
Working from Heights
Some Overtime Required
Careers also exist in the following industries:
- Construction of buildings (residential and non-residential)
- Heavy and civil engineering construction
Oil and gas services
- Grade 10
- Completion of a two-year apprenticeship program is typically required to become a certified tradesperson. Some previous experience in construction is preferred.
- The Red Seal endorsement is the interprovincial standard of excellence, and is available to tradespersons upon successful completion of the Red Seal examination.
- Standard and emergency first aid
- Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS)
- Construction Safety Training System (CSTS)
- Confined space entry
- Fall protection
- Pipeline Construction Safety Training (PCST)
- H2S Alive