Construction Craft Worker

Construction Craft Worker



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


Note: Additional training and/or certification may be required.


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:

  • 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
    • Mydroelectric dams, roadways, bridges, and railways
  • May work on utility, landscape, and pipeline projects
  • Excavation sites

Other Conditions: 

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

Source: Apprenticeship Manitoba Handbook and Manitoba Prospects


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?


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 Journey Persons for a Construction Craft Worker:

Minimum for Apprentices

Apprenticeship Manitoba Handbook 2013 – 2014



Average for Journey Persons

Apprenticeship Manitoba Handbook 2013 –  2014


$27,000 – $45,000

For more information on apprenticeship wages, click here

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 Rate Effective Date
Journey Persons
January 1, 2017 or after:

Construction Craft Worker - Heavy Construction
May 1, 2017 or after:



Note: To receive the most up-to-date information about satisfying apprenticeship level requirements, contact Apprenticeship 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