Construction helpers assist experienced trades workers with less skilled tasks.
Construction helpers are entry-level workers. They assist bricklayers, carpenters, painters and plasterers, and plumbers with a variety of basic tasks. They follow instructions and make few major decisions. They must be familiar with the duties of those they help. They must also be able to use the materials and tools of the trade.
Construction helpers transport the tools and materials needed for a job. At the end of the workday, they collect and store them. Helpers select and hold tools for experienced workers. They may also select materials to be installed, according to instructions or drawings. Helpers often erect scaffolding and other structures to reach high or hard-to-reach places.
Construction helpers also prepare surfaces or materials for installation. For example, helpers mix grout for tile setters and fill cracks in surfaces to be tiled. They cut lumber or hold it in place for carpenters to install. Painters' helpers sand and prepare surfaces to be painted. Plumbers' helpers cut or drill holes in walls where pipes will be installed. They also take apart and remove damaged pipes.
Construction helpers clean work areas when jobs are finished. They clean tools or equipment so they are ready for the next day.