Learn more about the career paths in the building industry
Brick Masonry
Masonry workers use bricks, concrete, and concrete blocks, as well as natural and manmade stones, to build walkways, walls, and other structures.
• Mix mortar and grout
• Lay lines and grades
• Erect block and brick walls, partitions, and precast masonry panels
• Lay brick floors and stairs
Carpenters construct, repair, and install building frameworks and structures made from wood and other materials.
• Read blueprints
• Frame floors, walls, ceilings, and roofs
• Build forms of concrete
• Lay roofs with plywood and shingles
Electricians install, connect, test, maintain, and repair electrical equipment and wiring systems.
• Install circuits
• Maintain lighting power, climate control and security systems
• Repair circuits and electrical equipment
• Install electrical conduit and wiring for homes and commercial sites
Building Construction Technology
Building Construction Technology (BCT) workers performs basic maintenance and installation to keep machines, mechanical equipment, and the structure of an establishment in good repair.
• Replace windows, doors, plumbing, and electrical fixtures
• Repair floor, wall, and ceiling surfaces
• Install drywall and painting
• Maintain buildings, properties, and landscaped areas
Heating Ventilation and Air Condition
Heating Ventilation and Air Condition technicians install, maintain, and troubleshoot heating, ventilation, air conditioning, and refrigeration systems
• Install system wiring and circuits
• Maintain and clean heating and air conditioning systems
• Install air filtration systems
• Test systems using industry standard methods
Landscaper ensures that the outside areas of houses, businesses, buildings, and parks are attractive, orderly, and healthy.
• Plant, transplant, prune and maintain trees, shrubs, and flowers
• Mow, edge, rake, seed, fertilize, and treat lawns
• Build retaining walls, patios/terraces, fences, and bed borders
• Install and maintain water features like ponds and fountains
A plumber installs and repairs plumbing fixtures and systems.
• Cut and join pipe
• Install, repair, and maintain plumbing systems
• Install and repair waste disposal and drainage systems
• Install and repair fixtures like showers, diverters, sinks, faucets, and toilets
Solar Installation
Solar installers harness the power of sunlight to generate electricity or heat in homes or buildings. Solar installation for electrical applications is called photovoltaic installation or PV.
• Repair and seal roofing components
• Cut, assemble, and install pipe
• Install system wiring and circuits
• Mount and maintain solar modules and collectors
Painters apply paint, stain, and coatings to walls and ceilings, buildings, large machinery and equipment, bridges, and other structures.
• Prepare and finish surfaces like wood and drywall
• work with different types of paints like water- and oil-based paint
• Work with stains and coatings like varnish and lacquers
• Apply specialty finishes like texturing, wall coverings, or epoxies
Weatherization specialists make upgrades and repairs to a home to enhance energy efficiency and lower overall energy consumption
• Repairing or replacing heating and cooling systems
• Insulation
• Repairing roofs
• Mold remediation