A guide to construction employment for beginners

Is construction employment for you?

How do you communicate?

In this field, you often communicate with people who work in different companies and whose designations are at different levels. That shouldn't make you uncomfortable. Your communication has to be versatile so that it is not a problem. This ensures that you play your role as a team member and that both office and construction site work can proceed smoothly.

Can you stand the site condition?

Visiting the site

Unless you are a draughtsman, you will be expected to visit the site at least every now and then. Engineers do it regularly and the Quantity Surveyor should too. Of course, the administrative staff is always office based.

Observing site safety

On site, you will have to observe some safety standards such as wearing the helmet and safety boots. Take note that the site workers are doing the same. As the saying goes, it is better to be safe than sorry.

A site in progress - Incomplete facilities

Obviously, the project is incomplete, especially in the early stages. You may have to take the lift scaffold to go to the upper storeys, for instance. If there isn't one, be prepared to climb the (half constructed) stairs.

What are the popular construction jobs?

  • Civil and structural Engineer
  • Mechanical and electrical Engineer
  • Quantity Surveyor
  • Purchaser
  • Draughtsman

An Engineer may be promoted to a Site or Project Manager while a Quantity Surveyor may be promoted to a Contracts Manager. A draughtsman may be promoted to an assistant engineer.


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