Find out about construction and repair jobs. Learn what you need to do to start your career.
Workers in construction and repair are an important part of the workforce. Construction workers prepare land and use machines to make buildings, roads, and other structures. Repair workers fix and maintain buildings and machines. Learn about which construction and repair jobs are right for you.
There are many types of construction and repair jobs:
Plumbers install water supply lines and fix them when there are problems. They also fix appliances that are connected to water lines, like dishwashers. You will need to take a test to get a plumbing license. Each state has different rules about how to get a license.
Car mechanics inspect and fix cars. They make sure that there is enough oil and other fluids in the car. Some jobs require automotive technician training.
Carpentry laborers help to build and fix buildings and objects made out of wood. They carry materials, drill holes, and do basic building. The clean equipment and work areas. No formal education is needed for this job.
Masonry laborers build and work with stones. Masons build walls, patios, and walkways. You do not need formal education and will get training on the job.
Construction laborers prepare sites where buildings will be built. Loading and unloading materials that will be used. Sometimes, you may be taking apart buildings to build new ones.
Construction project managers oversee projects and the construction team. They work on contracts, budgets, and work with clients to meet deadlines. Some managers might need a bachelor’s degree in a field like construction management, construction science or civil engineering.
Crane operators use large machines call cranes to build and break down buildings. To become a crane operator, you need to take classes and get a certificate from the National Commission for the Certification of Crane Operators.
Elevator technicians fix and maintain elevators, escalators, and other machines. You will need to study and do an apprenticeship for about five years.
Electricians install and maintain electrical systems for businesses, homes, and factories. This can be very dangerous work and requires a license. You need to learn about electrical science. You also need to work as an apprentice for four years.
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Are construction and repair jobs right for me?
The number of construction and repair jobs is growing. But not enough people are trained. If you can train in a construction or repair skill, you will always be able to find work. About one-quarter of construction and repair jobs in the USA are held by immigrants. This means that speaking more than one language can be an important skill.
Some repair workers help people by going to their homes to do repairs. If you like helping people, these jobs would suit you. Other repair workers have to respond quickly and work 24 hours a day when emergencies happen. You also may need to do hard physical work and work outside in cold or hot places.
Construction jobs can be dangerous because you might be working with heavy machines or may have to stand on tall buildings. These jobs suit people who are physically fit and quick.
Where do I start?
Do you need a high school diploma? Adults in the USA can take a GED®, HiSET or TASC tests to get a high-school diploma. You can study for the test online, at evening classes or at community colleges.
- Prepare for your GED® with the Refugee Center Online
- How to go back to school
- How to find job training programs
- Find apprenticeships with CareerOneStop
What else do I need?
Do you need to learn English? If you need to practice your English, you can find online classes or classes near where you live.
Start your job search
Government employment centers are free. They offer advice and keep a list of local jobs. They help with resumes and job applications. They can connect you to job training and education.
- IHireConstruction is is a job website for agriculture maintenance, construction, and repair jobs. You can also look at popular job search websites such as indeed.com and monster.com.
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