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+ 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

+ Brickmasons and Blockmasons Job Description
Masons, or "stonemasons" as they are sometimes called, work with marble, granite, limestone, and other materials to build walls, walkways, and arches, and to lay stone floors. Using special tools such as hammers and chisels and water-cooled saws with diamond-toothed blades, masons cut and shape their materials. They must also be able to use irregularly shaped rocks and turn it into a uniform structure--like a wall or floor view more

+ Carpenters Job Description
A/V: NARRATOR (VO): Anyone who enjoys working with wood or making things should consider a career in carpentry. Most people know the role carpenters play in building houses: cutting, shaping, and fastening wood and other construction materials. But carpenters also perform a wide variety of tasks in other locations, such as installing rafters, joists, windows, and subflooring in office buildings 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

+ Ceiling Tile Installer 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

+ Cement Masons and Concrete Finishers Job Description
Concrete and terrazzo finishers work with cement masons to lay durable lasting and often decorative concrete surfaces. A small project might be to apply cement, sand, pigment and marble chips, or stone to floors and stairways. A big job could be the final touch for the stairs of entrance of a school. Concrete finishers are generally responsible for finishing the surface of freshly poured concrete projects to remove imperfections and edge or groove the surface to prevent chipping or cracking 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

+ Construction Managers Job Description
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 evaluate construction methods and labor requirements, hire contractors and create schedules and cost estimates 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

+ Electrical Power-Line Installers and Repairers Job Description
Imagine arranging wires pulsing with lethal voltages of electrical current. Now imagine doing that at the top of a utility pole. In gusting winds or during a snowstorm. This is all in a day's work for electrical power line installers and repairers. On solid ground, these outdoor workers use muscle and power tools to put up towers and other equipment or dig holes and set poles for power lines view more

+ Electricians Job Description
For years after Edison invented the light bulb, people wouldn't buy a lamp unless it could use both electricity and gas. Most assumed electricity in the home was just a fad, and they wanted to be prepared for the return to gaslight. Today, of course, civilization depends on electricity and on the men and women who splice the wires and install the switches to make the electricity flow. The work of electricians is as varied as the uses for electricity itself 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

+ Explosives Workers, Ordnance Handling Experts, and Blasters
Few careers leave so little room for error as that of an explosives worker. This is a job with conditions that are not only challenging, but often dangerous. Explosives workers, ordnance handling experts and blasters prepare and detonate explosives to move large amounts of earth or rock…or to demolish structures, such as buildings. They’re involved in every step of the blasting process, starting with a careful evaluation of the job and the materials needed to do it safely and effectively 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

+ Geographic Information Specialists Job Description
Technology has created a new kind of analyst: the geographic information specialist. GIS stands for geographic information systems. It uses computers to store, interpret and display a vast variety of data identified by location. But it goes well beyond maps and pictures. A GIS database contains layers of information. The layers can be combined into different models , so that we can instantly see the effects new information might have on an area 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

+ Hazardous Materials Removal Workers Job Description
The first century of the Industrial Revolution left a legacy of hazardous waste that government and environmental experts are trying to clean up. Hazardous Materials and Waste Technicians are at the forefront of this effort. Some hazardous waste technicians work on-site; others, in a hazardous materials center, called a “hazmat facility.” There, they perform a variety of tasks including transportation, treatment and storage of hazardous wastes view more

+ Helpers -- Brickmasons, Blockmasons, Stonemasons, and Tile and Marble Setters Job Description
Masons, or "stonemasons" as they are sometimes called, work with marble, granite, limestone, and other materials to build walls, walkways, and arches, and to lay stone floors. Using special tools such as hammers and chisels and water-cooled saws with diamond-toothed blades, masons cut and shape their materials. They must also be able to use irregularly shaped rocks and turn it into a uniform structure--like a wall or floor 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

+ 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

+ 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

+ Paperhangers Job Description
People have decorated the walls of their living spaces since ancient times. Modern advancements in the materials and techniques used to cover surfaces created positions for painters and paperhangers. Paperhangers, on the other hand, cover interior rooms with decorative wallpaper, fabric, vinyl and other materials. Each trade has its own set of skills…both must properly prepare the surfaces to be covered so that the paint or paper adheres to the surface view more

+ Paving, Surfacing, and Tamping Equipment Operators
Building roads is hot, dirty, physically demanding work. But well-built roads are essential to our modern, highly mobile society. After the earthmovers and grading machines have prepared the roadbed, layers of sand, gravel, and crushed stone are often applied. A tamping equipment operator then guides a special machine that vibrates thousands of times a minute to pound the material into the ground 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

+ Rock Splitters, Quarry Job Description
One of mankind’s oldest and most useful natural materials is solid rock. Working in quarries, rock splitters use skills handed down through the centuries to break large slabs of stone into smaller, more manageable pieces. This is a trade that’s learned on the job from more experienced splitters. Hand tools like hammers and metal wedges are used. The wedges are carefully driven deeper and deeper into the rock…until it finally splits 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

+ 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

+ Stationary Engineers Job Description
Heating, air-conditioning and ventilation systems keep apartment buildings and commercial complexes comfortable year round. Stationary Engineers make sure these vital systems operate properly. In addition, engineers oversee the building’s electrical and fire safety systems. So they need to be knowledgeable about running various types of mechanical and electrical equipment. Being able to follow instruction manuals and complex diagrams is essential view more

+ Stone Cutters and Carvers Job Description
Stone. It is one of nature’s most enduring materials. When something is carved in stone, is can last for ages. Stone Cutters and Carvers draw on knowledge that goes back thousands of years. But today, cutters and carvers might use very modern tools. For example, a blueprint that was created with the help of a computer. The design is marked carefully on the surface of the stone. Then the craftsman guides tools to create the desired effect: an intricate incision…or a textured surface 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

+ Tile and Marble Setters Job Description
Whether on walkways or walls, ceilings or countertops - tile and marble are a durable and decorative addition. The creative craftsmen who install these materials in our buildings and homes are Tile and Marble Setters. Like pieces of a puzzle, tile and marble need to be carefully put together. That’s why setters spend a great deal of time working - even before they start laying materials down. During installation - setters use measuring devices and levels view more