Career outlook for construction operative
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Currently employed in Scotland
What's it like?
You’d work as part of a team on a building site to construct a building or structure safely and efficiently.
You’d use different building methods and work with a variety of materials. You’d use hand, power and machine tools, following health and safety rules, to successfully complete the different processes involved in a construction project.
At the start of a project you’d help to prepare the site. For example, you would:
- Put up site huts
- Unload and store building materials
- Set up ladders and scaffolding
Once work starts, you could do a variety of tasks including:
- Groundworking – mark out and dig shallow trenches for foundations and drains
- Formworking – put up or dismantle the shuttering that holds concrete in place while it’s setting
- Steel fixing– bend and fix the bars used to reinforce concrete structures
- Steel piling – fix steel sheets together to form temporary retaining walls for excavation work
- Concreting – layer and smooth concrete for foundations, floors and beams
- Road working –pour concrete and lay kerbs, paving and re-surfacing
With further training, you could operate construction plant equipment, such as dumper trucks or excavators.
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