construction videos

Career Videos >> construction videos

+ Agricultural Engineers Job Description
Developing a flood control system for a community threatened by a river… Designing a farm of the future for a major corporation… Supervising production of new strains of plants … These are just some of the varied jobs an agricultural engineer might do. This is a lifetime career, for which you must train at an engineering school or college department. If you decide to go into research and development, you might go on for a master’s degree, or PhD > view more

+ Architects, Except Landscape and Naval Job Description
Every doorway, wall, and window in every building is where it is because someone decided to put it there. Someone also decided what building materials would be use, what traffic patterns people would follow, and even how they would feel when entering or leaving the building. That “someone,” of course was an architect. The same person may also have been responsible for designing the plumbing, heating, and electrical systems, and even overseeing the building’s construction > view more

+ Architecture and Construction Job Description
For people who like to be active all day, who like to take their skills to new challenges in constantly changing locations, the construction industry has an array of attractive jobs. You might work for a small construction company, or for the government, maintaining highways, or a big corporation. Some construction workers are highly specialized, and hire themselves out as free lancers, doing their particular piece of a large project > view more

+ Boat Builders and Shipwrights Job Description
A craft as old as civilization itself, now uses methods both ancient and modern. Boat Builders and Shipwrights construct and repair ships and boats of all kinds from small pleasure craft to commercial and naval vessels. These boats are built from a range of materials including metal, wood, aluminum, fiberglass and plastic. They work from designs on paper—blueprints—to make sure the work is “ship-shape > view more

+ Carpet Installers Job Description
Carpet installing takes precision--and a good deal of physical strength and agility. Installers need to be able to handle large heavy rolls of padding and carpet. They also spend a lot of time kneeling and bending. Their judgment is called upon to evaluate the underlying flooring for imperfections. They need to know how things like traffic flow will affect the new carpet. Installers must be able to accurately measure and carefully cut the carpets > view more

+ Chemical Engineers Job Description
From the foods we eat, to our clothes, furniture and automobiles, chemicals play a large role in our lives. Chemical engineers convert scientific discoveries into marketable products. Chemical engineers are involved in many aspects of; chemical production, research and design, as well as, in the construction and operation of industrial plants. They conduct research to develop new manufacturing processes, analyze operating procedures, equipment and machinery functions and make recommendations for reducing processing time and cost > view more

+ Civil Engineers Job Description
Civil engineers build things. Things like roads, bridges, tunnels, dams, and airports. They combine a knowledge of materials science, engineering, economics, physics, geology, and hydraulics to create the physical infrastructure essential to modern life. Naturally, there are numerous sub-specialties. Surveying and mapping engineers identify the best sites for construction. Hydraulic and irrigation engineers focus on dams, flood control, wells, and reservoirs > view more

+ Commercial Divers Job Description
We usually don’t see them, but below the surface of oceans, lakes and rivers, Commercial Divers are doing a lot of important work. Divers are used to inspect and patch the hulls of ships. They’re specially trained in how to attach cables to sunken objects so they can be hoisted to the surface without damage. Divers help install pilings for construction projects…check underwater pipes and cables for breaks…and they maintain underwater machinery such as pumps > view more

+ Construction and Building Inspectors Job Description
When buildings, roads, bridges or utility systems are built or repaired, the work must comply with various building and safety codes. Construction and Building Inspectors make sure that these codes are followed. Most Inspectors work for federal, state and local governments. Inspectors start their work when a project begins and conduct follow-up inspections throughout the project to monitor compliance to the codes > view more

+ Construction Laborers Job Description
Construction Laborers are skilled workers who provide much of the physically demanding labor at all kinds of construction projects, from excavation to building to demolition. Depending on the specialty of the company that hires them laborers might clean and prepare sites, dig trenches, mix and place concrete, or even work with hazardous materials or explosives. To do all these things, they assist other craft workers, and operate a wide range of equipment > view more

+ Crane and Tower Operators Job Description
For passers-by, it seems amazing that any one person can handle the crane towering over a construction site. It appears to have a life of its own—a gigantic creature bending, turning, and lifting materials, machinery, or other heavy objects. But someone is very much in control: crane and tower operators are highly trained construction professionals who have reached the height of the equipment operation ladder…literally! Material-moving equipment operators are classified by the type of equipment they operate, and nothing is more complex or important than the cranes and towers that make big building projects possible > view more

+ Crossing Guards Job Description
The Crossing Guard helps keep pedestrians of all ages safe. Near schools, they are responsible for helping students cross streets safely, stopping traffic when necessary. At construction sites or other hazardous locations, Crossing Guards guide vehicle traffic and pedestrians around obstacles and workers, using signs, flags, and hand signals. At railroad crossings, they activate warning signal lights, lower crossing gates until trains pass, and raise gates when crossings are clear > view more

+ Drafters Job Description
A drafter “draws” the plans that specify how something should be constructed. Engineers and architects may develop the grand design of a machine, building, or circuit board, but the drafter is the one who does the “heavy lifting” of filling in the specific details -— without which nothing could be built. The work of drafters is all around you. Your computer, your telephone, and your TV exist because a drafter at some company created a set of plans specifying how it should be built > view more

+ Drywall Installers Job Description
Ceiling tile installers place acoustic tiles in suspended ceiling grids. To reach their workspace, they often use rolling platforms called “bakers.” First they install a molding which supports the ends of metal grid frames. Maintaining exact angles, lines and height is an absolute necessity, aided by modern tools: Blueprints are projected onto the ceiling, and laser levels help maintain constant heights > view more

+ Earth Drillers, Except Oil and Gas Job Description
Buried underground are many minerals and other valuable deposits. Getting to them often requires the expertise of Earth Drillers. Mining companies use Earth Drillers for exploration. They dig up core samples that are then analyzed by geologists and other experts. Drillers are also employed to tap sub-surface water and salt deposits…to do soil testing… or to dig for construction projects. The work can be very demanding physically > view more

+ Excavating and Loading Machine Operators Job Description
Want the “scoop” on an interesting and challenging job? Consider Excavating and Loading Machine Operators. These are the people who operate machinery equipped with scoops, shovels or buckets. They are called upon to excavate for the mining or construction industries. Or they may be needed to dredge up dirt from the bottoms of waterways. Another part of the job may entail loading ore and other loose material > view more

+ Fire Investigators Job Description
“The cause of the blaze is under investigation.” By the time you hear that phrase in a news story about a fire, a special kind of detective has already been hard at work trying to crack the case. Where we see burnt rubble, a fire investigator sees clues. Often before the smoke clears, this investigator is at the scene collecting and documenting evidence to determine the cause of the fire. This can involve carefully sifting through debris with specialized equipment and running lab tests on it > view more

+ First-Line Supervisors / Managers of construction
Building a new high rise, shopping mall or factory is a complicated effort. Construction Managers supervise these projects, make decisions about daily operations and keep costs within budget. Construction managers represent the building owner or developer and coordinate the entire construction process. They decide on construction methodsthe number of workers needed, hire contractors and setupschedules and do cost estimates > view more

+ Geologists Job Description
Geologists are scientists who study the planet Earth -- its composition, processes and history. The field is so vast, geologists tend to specialize, for example… Engineering geologists offer advice on major construction projects, such as dams and tunnels. Paleontologists study fossils found in geological formations to trace the evolution of plant and animal life and the geologic history of earth > view more

+ Glaziers Job Description
Handling glass requires a combination that might seem strange: strong gentleness. Glaziers have to be strong to work on their feet, lift sheets of glass, and handle the frames of windows and doors with ease. Yet they work with a material that can shatter in an instant—so they must be very gentle. This is also a precision craft. Glaziers measure the space to be filled, and then mark the sheet of glass > view more

+ Grader, Bulldozer, and Scraper Operators Job Description
Few jobs in the construction industry are as exciting as a heavy equipment operator’s job can be. Grader, bulldozer and scraper operators maneuver bulldozers, front-end loaders and other vehicles that have shovels or large plows and scrapers attached to them. They prepare the land at construction sites, by uprooting trees, grading terrain, and removing boulders. Bulldozers and scrapers are controlled by levers, foot pedals, switches and dials, which often need to be operated at the same time > view more

+ Industrial Truck and Tractor Operators Job Description
Industrial truck and tractor operators are responsible for the movement of manufactured goods, grain, coal, construction materials, or other heavy items, around a factory or on and off ships. Operators must have the ability to judge distance, a good sense of balance, and good eye-hand-foot coordination to operate such equipment. Their primary responsibilities are to protect the materials they carry, to ensure that the goods arrive at the proper destination, and to adhere to strict safety practices so they avoid roll-overs and collisions > view more

+ Insulation Workers, Floor, Ceiling, and Wall Job Description
Does your house stay cool in the summer and warm in the winter? If so, thank the workers who installed the insulation – they did their job properly. An insulation worker installs insulating material by cementing, stapling, wiring, taping or spraying it into buildings, around pipes, boilers and tanks. The insulation can take the form of foam, loose-fill, fiberglass, cellulose, or rock wool and in cases where there is old insulation, workers must first remove it and then secure the new materials > view more

+ Interior Designers Job Description
Have you ever walked into a business office and admired the decor? Or visited a new restaurant and immediately felt like it was “your kind of place?” Interior designers are responsible for creating environments that people respond to on both an emotional and visual level. Planning the space and furnishing the interiors of private homes, offices, restaurants, hospitals, hotels and theaters, interior designers must work within a client’s tastes, needs and budget > view more

+ Landscape Architects Job Description
It takes planning, engineering, government permits, money and teamwork to erect a building. The same is true of parklands, golf courses, college campuses, public spaces, bike trails, and even the verge of an expressway. A landscape architect creates planned green space. To do so, he or she must possess imagination, artistic talent, practical skills and a thorough knowledge of ecology, plant and soil science > view more

+ Mechanical Engineering Technicians Job Description
Mechanical engineering technicians assist Mechanical engineers in designing, developing, testing and manufacturing machinery, parts and other mechanical equipment. They troubleshoot design problems, compile flow charts, prepare drawings, take accurate measurements, lay out production lines, perform quality control testing, analyze data and write reports. Advancing from simpler, routine duties under close supervision, they go on to more difficult jobs and general supervision > view more

+ Millwrights Job Description
From construction digs to assembly lines, businesses rely on a key equipment specialist to set up the work area: the millwright. Millwrights install, repair and dismantle heavy, motor-driven equipment at construction sites, and in large manufacturing and processing centers, industrial plants…and any place with a conveyor belt or assembly line.. Even before the equipment gets to the site, the millwright is already there, consulting with managers, checking blueprints and choosing the best location for the machinery > view more

+ Mobile Heavy Equipment Mechanics, Except Engines Job Description
When it comes to fixing our cars, we go to an automobile mechanic. But there are many other types of mechanics. Mobile Heavy Equipment Mechanics service industrial equipment used in construction, logging and mining. Service technicians employed by the Federal Government may work on tanks and other armored equipment. From towering cranes…to giant drills deep underground, mechanics keep equipment running properly and safely > view more

+ Operating Engineers Job Description
Operating engineers quite literally operate power-driven construction machines like shovels, cranes, tractors, bulldozers, pile drivers, concrete mixers, and industrial pumps. If something is massive and heavy, and if it requires a big, powerful machine, an operating engineer will probably be involved. Work sites include building and road construction projects, mines, steel mills, warehouses, and heavy manufacturing plants > view more

+ Painters, Construction and Maintenance Job Description
When it comes to houses, buildings and other structures, there are few things that do more to refresh and enliven appearances than a professionally applied coat of paint. If you’re interested in becoming a painter, there are two types of jobs. Construction Painters work for contractors erecting new structures. Maintenance Painters work for owners of structures already built. Most maintenance painting is indoors > view more

+ Plasterers and Stucco Masons Job Description
People have been smoothing plaster or cement finishes on the walls of their homes for centuries -- to insulate, to protect…to decorate. This highly durable type of wall finish is enjoying a resurgence in popularity across the country, especially in Sunbelt states, making stucco and interior plastering one of the fastest growing occupations in the construction trades. Plasterers work with different types of material, by mixing and applying them to interior and exterior walls and ceilings > view more

+ Plumbers Job Description
The term plumber comes from the Latin word for lead, the material used for joints and pipes for centuries. Modern plumbers no longer use lead, but they still spend much of their time assembling, installing, and repairing pipes for systems that carry everything from water and steam to oil and gas. Plumbers can be found at construction sites and in residential and commercial buildings, where a great deal of the work involves cutting, bending, threading, and joining pipes and fittings > view more

+ Riggers Job Description
When it comes to moving heavy equipment, Riggers are in for the long haul. Construction sites, factories, logging plants and shipyards all employ riggers to move large industrial equipment. The entertainment industry also hires riggers. They are needed to move large, heavy sets in and out of theaters and studios. A rigger uses pulleys, ropes and winches to haul items. This arrangement is called “block and tackle > view more

+ Roofers Job Description
Roofers work with diverse materials on many types of buildings: residential, commercial and industrial. In addition to new building, roofers do repair work on existing roofing, so their jobs are less affected by economic downturns than other construction jobs. Roofers need a good sense of balance, and must not be afraid of heights. They work outdoors in all types of weather. The job can be very strenuous, from erecting scaffolds, to hauling heavy bags of shingles up ladders > view more

+ Rotary Drill Operators, Oil and Gas Job Description
The world runs on oil and gas. Some of the people who help access these vital natural resources are the rotary drill operators. They have the unique expertise to reach the vast fields of oil and gas hidden far underground, whether beneath a sun-baked desert…or a stormy sea. Guided by scientists' field maps, the drillers install a derrick at the site to support the drilling equipment and to stabilize the drill rig > view more

+ Sheet Metal Duct Installers Job Description
Sheet metal duct installers make, install and maintain heating, ventilating and air conditioning systems. They may also construct pollution control systems. Ductwork installation actually begins in a shop, where components are fabricated to meet a particular building’s needs. Drafting and specification reading are important tools at this stage, so installers must have good math skills and mechanical aptitude > view more

+ Sheet Metal Workers Job Description
Sheet metal workers make and install products from large metal sheets. Roofs, siding, air ducts, gutters – even outdoor signs – are made by these highly skilled craftspersons. Following detailed plans, they cut, mold, bend and fabricate the large pieces for installation at a job site. Sheet metal workers should have knowledge of drafting, reading blueprints, handling tools, and welding. The job also requires standing for long periods, bending, squatting, and lifting heavy materials > view more

+ Soil Scientists Job Description
It's a dirty job, but somebody's got to do it -- and soil scientists do. They study the properties of soil -- all types of soil -- to help agriculture and other industries use it effectively. Soil scientists split their time between farms and agricultural research stations where they survey and collect soil samples…and laboratories where they use specialized equipment to analyze those samples > view more

+ Structural Iron and Steel Workers Job Description
If ever there was a career that combined specialized skill with job diversity, this is it. Experienced structural iron workers build everything from bridges to highways, office buildings to factories. From the frames that support a building to the railings that surround its stairs, structural metal workers are involved in almost every facet of construction. They may even fabricate and install the lampposts! Cranes and derricks that lift materials to the tops of high-rises are also assembled by structural metal workers > view more

+ Structural Metal Fabricators and Fitters Job Description
Some manufacturing workers like their jobs super-sized. Structural metal fabricators and fitters construct enormous metal objects from tanks and water towers…to frames for buildings and bridges. Though the projects can be massive, the work is quite intricate. Following blueprints, fabricators make patterns and templates as guides. Fabricators use special machinery to cut the metal into the required pieces or plates > view more

+ Surveying Technicans Job Description
We are constantly changing the face of the earth… digging, building, re-routing. No major construction project can proceed without the information gathered and interpreted by surveying technicians. Often called "instrument people," they are hands-on members of the survey party that measures and locates natural and man-made features above and below ground. Working under the direction of a licensed surveyor, technicians, set up, adjust, and operate precision instruments > view more

+ Surveyors Job Description
Their work was essential when America was young. And it is vitally important today as well. Surveyors and Mapping Scientists pinpoint the location of property and mark its outlines. They measure and map the surface of the earth. Their work serves to establish official boundaries, for land, air space, and waterways. Surveyors determine how a parcel of land lies, and write descriptions for deeds, leases and other legal documents > view more

+ Tailors, Dressmakers, and Custom Sewers Job Description
Many steps come together to form the clothes on your back. Most styles have made their way down a factory assembly line, being cut, sewn, and pressed by many hands…followed by other garments made from the same pattern. But the most highly skilled of apparel workers, Custom Tailors and Sewers, master each phase of the apparel process to produce made-to-measure garments for their clients. Manual dexterity and good hand-eye coordination are essential qualities for success > view more

+ Telecommunications Line Installers and Repairers
Everyday we pick up the phone, or turn on the television set and expect to have perfect service 24 hours per day. These services come to you through a system of wires and cables, which telephone and cable TV installers and repairers construct and maintain. Line installers place cable or phone lines underground, or on poles or towers. They also connect wiring inside your home or office, making sure the signal reaches your phone or television set > view more