Welding is the process of fastening two pieces of metal together by softening with heat and applying pressure, which can also help to join beams during the construction of buildings, bridges and other structures. This versatile skill can equip welders to work in a number of industries like pipefitting or boilermaking.
Road builders operate all kinds of equipment used for applying concrete, asphalt or other materials to road beds, parking lots, airport runways and taxiways and other surfaces. These machine operators are also called on for tamping gravel, dirt or other materials. Positions include concrete and asphalt paving machine operators, form tampers, tamping machine operators and stone spreader operators.
Electricians install and maintain the electrical systems and wiring in our businesses, factories and homes. Blueprints are used to determine the location of circuits, outlets, load centers and panel boards, while ohmmeters, ammeters, voltmeters and other equipment are used to test connections and ensure that components are compatible and safe.
Carpenters work with wood and other materials to construct and maintain buildings, tunnels, bridges and other structures. Their duties can range from erecting scaffolding and constructing tunnel bracing to building concrete forms for tunnels, bridges and other projects.
These occupations usually require a high school diploma.
Raise, place, and unite iron or steel girders, columns, and other structural members to form completed structures or structural frameworks. May erect metal storage tanks and assemble prefabricated metal buildings.
Whether you’re a brick & blockmason or a cement mason, you’ll be working with bricks, cinder blocks, structural tile, mortar and concrete to make your living. You’ll be constructing and repairing all types of structures, from floors, walls and fireplaces to columns and foundations.
Equipment operators are responsible for operating machinery at construction sites to help move heavy materials, clear and grade land, build and maintain roads, dig trenches, spread asphalt or any number of important duties. With many recent advancements in technology, contractors must know how to inspect, maintain and adjust their equipment.
Pipefitters and plumbers are responsible for keeping our pipe systems in working order through installation, maintenance and repairs according to specifications and codes. Pipefitters work with the high-pressure and low-pressure pipe systems used in manufacturing, the generation of electricity, and the heating and cooling of buildings, while plumbers install and repair water, waste disposal, drainage and gas systems in buildings of all sizes.
Sheet metal workers perform a variety of tasks involving sheet metal. Their duties include fabricating and installing heating and air-conditioning systems, performing architectural sheet metal work, constructing heaters and boilers and carrying out numerous other jobs.
Boilermakers are responsible for more than just boilers. These workers install, maintain and repair a number of systems such as closed vats and other large vessels, air pollution equipment, blast furnaces, water treatment plants, smoke stacks, and hydroelectric power generation turbines.