Construction Craft Laborer apprenticeship

Description of an apprenticeship as a Construction Craft Laborer apprenticeship

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Construction Craft Laborer apprenticeship

DOT code: 869.463-580

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Performs any combination of duties involving highway or building construction, environmental restoration, tunnel and shaft construction and demolition projects, utilizing specialized training and knowledge of craft skills and handling of hazardous materials. Clears and prepares sites, right-of-ways, and foundations for cementitious and asphaltic products and structures, using hand and power tools such as shovels, rakes, gas and diesel-powered cutting and compacting equipment, so the final site conforms exactly to grade, size, and location specifications in blueprints or plans.

Work process schedule

Task Hours
A. General skills 1600-2100
  Site/project preparation and maintenance 600-800
  Tools, equipment, and materials 600-800
  Safety 400-500
B. Specific skills 2400-3000
  Environmental remediation 600-1000
  Building construction 800-1000
  Heavy/highway construction 800-1000
(Every 2,000 hours = one year) total hours: 4000-5100
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Related technical instruction

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts requires 150 hours each year of related technical instruction which must be mastered by the apprentice in order to successfully complete the program. For further information, please call the Division of Apprentice Standards at (617) 626-5409.

1. Core curriculum

Blueprint reading
Craft orientation
First aid/CPR
General construction
Hazard communication
OSHA safety

2. Specific skills

Asbestos abatement
Craft supervisor preparedness
Hazardous waste worker
Lead abatement
Line and grade
Mason tending
Pipe laying
Radiation remediation
Underground storage tank removal

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