Cribber

APPRENTICESHIP - NO

$23, 000 - $52, 000

TRAINING

FUTURE OUTLOOK

At a glance

A Cribber is the name given to workers who build the foundations for single family and multi-family homes. Cribbers work mainly with concrete to build foundations for homes. Their involvement in the residential construction process comes very early. They are normally the second link in the construction chain, right after excavators. Cribbers build and assemble wooden or styrofoam forms and pour concrete into forms which becomes the home's foundation.

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: Manitoba Prospects and Careercruising.com)

  • Construction companies
  • Concrete manufacturers

Other conditions: seasonal, can join a union, project based, work outdoors, work with ladders and scaffolding (heights), early start times

Mini Skills Assessment

If you answer YES to the questions below, then you should consider becoming a Cribber!

  • Would you like to work with wood, styrofoam, and concrete?
  • Can you be precise and accurate in your work?
  • Are you in good shape?
  • Do you enjoy doing a variety of things on the job?
  • Are you adaptable to go from working indoors to outdoors in all kinds of weather?
  • Are you mechanically inclined?
  • Can you work on a team?

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.

Wages

Below you will find salary ranges for entry to senior level positions for Cribbers or a related field.

(Source: Careercruising.com and/or Manitoba Prospects).

*Effective October 1, 2014 minimum wage will increase to $10.70 per hour.

Salary Range for Construction Labourers (Cribbers)

Careercruising.com

Minimum wage to $25/ hour

First year: Minimum wage to $12/hour

Experienced labourer: $11-$25/hour

Full-time: $23, 000 - $52, 000

Manitoba Prospects 2013

(starting/average)

See Carpenter, Concrete Finisher and Construction Craft Worker to compare salaries

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