Construction Craft Worker





At a glance

Construction craft workers are trained to:

  • Handle materials and equipment
  • Perform demolition, excavation, and compaction activities
  • Prepare and secure sites and provide cleanup
  • Setting up and removing access equipment
  • Manage pedestrian and vehicular traffic in situations involving potential hazards and public trust
  • Work on concrete and masonry, steel, wood, and precast erecting projects

Work environment

Work environments for construction careers can be located outdoors or indoors or both. Work hours may vary as well. Some positions are seasonal while others are all year round, but part-time. Other positions are project-based and may require you to work full-time until the project is complete. And, of course there are careers that have full-time hours all year round.

Below is a list of workplaces where you might find opportunities to gain apprenticeship hours and/or experience. (Source: Apprenticeship Manitoba Handbook and Manitoba Prospects)

  • Construction sites
  • Construction contractors
  • Building maintenance companies
  • Work for private as well as municipal, provincial, and federal governments
  • Work on a variety of structures
    • Residential, commercial, and industrial buildings
    • Hydroelectric dams, roadways, bridges, and railways
  • May work on utility, landscape, and pipeline projects
  • Excavation sites

Other conditions: s easonal (peak construction periods), outdoors in all weather conditions, height, over water, confined spaces, urban settings, remote locations, project-based

Mini Skills Assessment

If you answer YES to the questions below, then you should consider a career as a Construction Craft Worker!

  • Do you have strong mechanical ability?
  • Do you have good manual dexterity?
  • Are you able to do hard physical work?
  • Are you able to work as a team member?
  • Do you like to work with the public?

Essential Skills Profiles

The Government of Canada Job Bank has identified Nine Literacy and Essential Skills (Reading, Writing, Document Use, Numeracy, Computer Use, Thinking, Oral Communication, Working with Others, and Continuous Learning).

Below you will find links to the Essential Skills Profiles for this occupation and/or related ones.


Below you will find the annual salaries for apprentices and journeypersons for a Construction Craft Worker

Minimum for Apprentices

Apprenticeship Manitoba Handbook 2013 - 14


Average for Journey Persons

Apprenticeship Manitoba Handbook 2013 - 14

$27,000 - $45,000

For more information on apprenticeship wages, visit

Every year, the Industrial, Commercial and Institutional (ICI) Construction Sector releases Minimum Wage Schedules for Manitoba. Below are the minimum wage rates for this career.

Minimum Wage RateEffective Date
JourneypersonsJanuary 1, 2017 or after
Construction Craft Worker - Heavy ConstructionMay 1, 2017 or after



Note: To receive the most up-to-date information about satisfying apprenticeship level requirements, contact Apprentice Manitoba or visit

Construction Craft Worker

Program Length (Minimum Years)

2 years

Level Requirements

Required Hours for each level (L)

L1: 1, 800 hours L2: 1, 800 hours

Technical Training/Year (weeks in class)

Y1: 8 weeks Y2: 8 weeks

Additional Licensing


Trades Qualification Requirements (minimum experience required)

Minimum years of experience required

(within last 10 years)

3 years

Minimum hours experience required

5, 400 hours

Practical Exam required


Compulsory Apprenticeship/Certificate of Qualifications required to work


Red Seal Trade available


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