Due to population growth, construction is a much-needed skill in the labor force — and the need for skilled construction workers is only expected to grow over the next ten years. As of 2019, the median salary for a tradesman in construction was $48,330, with the top ten percent of skilled tradespeople earning over $84,000 a year.
The industry doesn’t require a college degree, but a high school education is generally preferred. Some trade schools offer degrees in construction, and many of the very best tradesmen learned on the job, under a mentor, or through an apprenticeship program.
But What Does A Skilled Construction Tradesman Do?
The easy answer is they build things. But it is much more than that. A construction worker has multiple responsibilities, such as:
- Preparing and reading blueprints
- Estimating cost and preparing bids for customers
- Shaping, cutting, and assembling materials
- Building and installing frameworks for doors, windows, and flooring
- Understanding and complying with building codes and regulations
- Inspecting and replacing damaged materials and structures
If it’s beginning to sound like the job for you, it’s also essential to take note of some of the skill sets you need in your wheelhouse.
Construction tradespeople use tools and machinery daily for tasks like drilling, sawing, sanding, and trimming. You must know which tools are best in each situation, and how to operate them safely. Be comfortable handling the tools, as well as maintaining them.
Construction requires math proficiency to accurately measure materials, plan and prepare blueprints, and even calculate the cost. Additionally, knowledge of different measuring tools and how to use them is vital.
Attention to detail is an essential skill for tradespeople. Precision is critical – a lack of it leads to mistakes and is often costly in both materials and labor.
As in any industry, problems arise, which require critical and creative thinking to solve. A project may take longer than anticipated because of late materials; costs may rise due to the client’s desired changes; weather conditions may stop workflow, etc.
Hard work makes physical endurance is a must. You may find yourself doing physically demanding tasks while bending, lifting, nailing, painting, or standing for hours.
While communication is a soft skill, it’s essential in the hard-skill world of construction. From collaborating with your team to training the new guy/ga, to reporting to your supervisor, details must be exact. Transparency is vital.
Whether you’re looking for work, or in need of skilled tradespeople, Gillmann Services is here to help! Focusing on commercial, industrial, mining, manufacturing, and marine construction, we’re dedicated to supplying quality talent to our customers. “We Work for You” is our motto, and our pledge to every client and employee. Contact us today.