Labourer, General & Skilled

Labourer, General & Skilled

non – apprenticeship


Below are sample work activities that construction labourers may perform while completing their work experience. Please note that activities may vary depending on the worksite:

General Labourer:

  • Cleaning and clearing up the worksite
  • Loading and unloading trucks
  • Directing traffic when necessary (need flagperson training)
  • Placing a culvert into a trench
  • Hooking metal culvert together with a coupler
  • Sliding concrete culverts together
  • Shovelling or raking material to backfill/level out
  • Packing granular material with a whacker packer
  • Adding water to granular material to get composition needed
  • Driving self-propelled packer/smooth drum to ground material compaction

Skilled Labourer:

  • Bump Testing Calibration equipment (example surveyor)
  • Performing some demolition work
  • Tending to equipment such as generations hoists and power tools
  • Working with heavy equipment operators to help them complete their work
  • Developing safe work procedures and instructing personel
  • Instructing trainees
  • Operating heavy equipment

Here are some more work samples based on road construction and other areas:

Area of Work Work Samples
Road Construction
  • Filling potholes
  • Applying oil to the road
  • Clearing ditches
  • Maintaining road shoulders, signs and guard rails
  • Clearing weeds and brush clearing
  • Spreading and finishing asphalt
  • Setting up pylons
  • Directing vehicles on the job site
  • Driving trucks
  • Mixing concrete
  • Building concrete forms (Skilled Labourer)
  • Levelling concrete (Skilled Labourer)


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


Work environments for heavy construction careers are located outdoors 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 in-seat hours and/or experience:

  • Heavy construction companies
  • Public works departments
  • Pipeline, logging, cargo-handling companies

Other Conditions: project based, work outdoors in all weather, stressful, may travel to remote locations, may work 40 – 50 hours per week

Source: Manitoba Prospects,, industry experts


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:


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 May 1, 2017 or after
General Labourer $14.75
Skilled Labourer $16.45


To enter this field you must be:

  • 16 years or older (may need parental consent to work on construction sites)
  • High school grad or mature student with equivalent academic standing
  • Recommended high school courses: English, Math, Science and Construction Courses

Available Training:

  • High School Vocational Programming (where available)
  • On-the-job training