General Laborer Job Responsibilities:
Laborers engage in offering services such as manpower, where application of physical force is in need, and are generally on construction sites, building facilities, warehouses and shipyards. Responsibilities include being in charge of preparing and restoring construction/ship repair sites, maintaining the smooth flow of machineries, handling most of the hand tools, assembling scaffoldings, restoring/cleaning used tools, determining defects on sites.
After OSHA approved training, may also be asked to act as Fire Watch. Fire watch personnel maintain surveillance of areas where hot work — welding or cutting with torches — has occurred. Welding and cutting both cause sparks and bits of molten metal to fly into the surrounding area. The fire watch maintains a lookout for small fires started by these sparks and bits of slag. Should a fire begin to develop or occur, they execute their primary duty of sounding the alarm and, if possible, attempt to control the fire.
Education and Skills:
Requires a high school diploma. Oftentimes, candidates applying for positions such as ship fitting and pipe fitting also need additional experience. Must be a fast learner, be resistant on changing weather conditions (continuous working) and have the willingness to work longer hours or even on weekends and on a graveyard shift.