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Careers in the Construction Industry

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ARCHITECT

At its simplest, architecture is the design of buildings, groups of buildings and often the space between buildings. Architecture can be practiced in a variety of professional capacities: registered Professional Architects design and manage projects with the assistance of technologists and draughtsperson. Lecturers at universities are often registered architects and may also be in private practice.

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BRICK LAYER

Bricklayers install and repair structures using brick, concrete block insulation and other materials.

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BUYER

Construction buyers are responsible for ensuring that the materials required for construction projects are provided to schedule and according to projected budgets.

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CARPENTER

Carpenters build, install, maintain and repair structures made of wood or wood substitutes.

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CRANE OPERATOR

Crane operators work on cranes or draglines to lift, move, position and place machinery, equipment or other large objects such as containers, shutter boards, scaffolding, platforms at locations such as construction sites, industrial facilities ship loading docks and railway yards.

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EARTHMOVING EQUIPMENT MECHANIC

An Earthmoving Equipment Mechanic perform skilled tasks in the mechanical repair and maintenance of heavy trucks, earth moving, and related construction equipment including road graders, gasoline and diesel powered tractors, garbage trucks, dump trucks, and dozers.

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EARTHWORKS OPERATOR

By way of example, plant operators may dig trenches and excavate bulk earthworks in an excavator, place and trim earthworks and gravels in a grader, or rip rock and push dirt in a dozer.

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ELECTRICIAN

Electricians install, test, and repair electrical wiring, fixtures, and related equipment in all types of buildings and structures.

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ENGINEER

Civil Engineers are involved with the design, development and construction of a huge range of projects in the built and natural environment.

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ESTIMATOR

The role of the estimator in the construction industry is to calculate tenders, analyse costs of and prepare estimates on civil engineering, architectural, structural, electrical and mechanical construction projects for the employer that ensure an adequate return on the resources employed.

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FLOOR COVERING INSTALLER

Floor covering installers install carpet, wood, linoleum, vinyl and other resilient floor coverings in residential, commercial, industrial and institutional buildings.

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FOREMAN - CIVILS AND ROADS

A Foreman has extensive knowledge of the trade and the work involved, along with an ability to resolve problems with appropriate and timely decisions.

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FOREMAN - EARTH WORKS

Foreman is a first-line supervisory position. A Foreman reports directly to a General Foreman or Site Agent.

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FOREMAN - GENERAL

A General Foreman must supervise construction teams engaged in construction activities i.e. roads, dam, building, and/orgeneral construction, repair or maintenance.

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FOREMAN - JUNIOR

The Junior Foreman assumes supervisory responsibilities over workers, materials and plant on a section of the work. The work entails working to programmes and deadlines as agreed with the Foreman.

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HEALTH AND SAFETY OFFICER

Occupational health and safety officers coordinate health and safety systems in an organisation. They identify hazards and assess risks to health and safety, put appropriate safety controls in place, and provides advice on accident prevention and occupational health to management and employees.

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LABORATORY TECHNICIAN

The Laboratory Technician is responsible for testing (Asphalt, Concrete and Soil) and ensuring the quality of raw materials.

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PAINTER

Painters apply paint, wallpaper and other finishes to interior and exterior surfaces.

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PLASTERER

Plasterers apply, maintain and restore plaster on interior and exterior walls, and on ceilings.

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PLUMBER

Plumbers install, repair and maintain pipes and plumbing equipment used for water distribution and disposal.

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QUANTITY SURVEYOR

A quantity surveyor manages all costs relating to the construction projects. From the initial calculations to the final figures, quantity surveyors seek to minimise the costs of a project and enhance value for money, whilst still achieving the required standards and quality.

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SHUTTERHAND

A Shutterhand must have Knowledge and experience in concrete, shuttering, scaffolding, formwork, concrete placing and concrete curing.

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SITE CLERK

The Site Clerk is a key member of the construction team. The Site Clerk serves as management’s onsite representative on a day to day basis. It’s responsibilities may vary from one project to another.

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STEEL FIXER

Steel Fixers determine size, shape, quantity and location of concrete reinforcing metal according to drawings or verbal instructions, measure, cut, bend and fit welded wire mesh into concrete areas to be mesh-reinforced.

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SECTION LEADER / SUPERVISOR

A Section Leader / Supervisor is usually a qualified operator or other civil works specialist who takes on a more responsible role within a team with limited supervision of others. This is a ‘hands on’ job requiring the ability to motivate and lead others by example.

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TILERS

Tilers cover interior and exterior walls, floors and ceilings with marble or ceramic tiles.

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