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General Operative - Construction

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€20k > 23
General Operative - Construction
Salary Range
(thousands per year)*
€20 - 23
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Last Updated: August, 2017

* The lower figures typically reflect starting salaries. Higher salaries are awarded to those with greater experience and responsibility. Positions in Dublin sometimes command higher salaries.
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At a Glance... header image

Works on building sites and operates plant equipment such as dump trucks and excavators.


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The Work header image

A Genral Operative or Labourer performs manual labor, most often related to the construction sector and building sites, such as road works, digging ditches, pouring concrete and other heavy manual work.

General Operatives are also found in areas such as the motor industry and manufacturing.


Tasks & Activitiesheader image

The following is a list of the most commonly reported tasks and activities for this occupation

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Control traffic passing near, in, or around work zones.

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Clean or prepare construction sites to eliminate possible hazards.

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Signal equipment operators to facilitate alignment, movement, or adjustment of machinery, equipment, or materials.

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Read plans, instructions, or specifications to determine work activities.

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Load, unload, or identify building materials, machinery, or tools, distributing them to the appropriate locations, according to project plans or specifications.

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Measure, mark, or record openings or distances to layout areas where construction work will be performed.

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Dig ditches or trenches, backfill excavations, or compact and level earth to grade specifications, using picks, shovels, pneumatic tampers, or rakes.

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Mix, pour, or spread concrete, using portable cement mixers.

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Tend pumps, compressors, or generators to provide power for tools, machinery, or equipment or to heat or move materials, such as asphalt.

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Erect or dismantle scaffolding, shoring, braces, traffic barricades, ramps, or other temporary structures.

Work Activities header image

The following is a list of the most commonly reported work activities in this occupation.

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Handling and Moving Objects: Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, and moving materials, and manipulating things.

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Performing General Physical Activities: Performing physical activities that require considerable use of your arms and legs and moving your whole body, such as climbing, lifting, balancing, walking, stooping, and handling of materials.

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Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates: Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.

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Operating Vehicles, Mechanized Devices, or Equipment: Running, maneuvering, navigating, or driving vehicles or mechanized equipment, such as forklifts, passenger vehicles, aircraft, or water craft.

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Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge: Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job.

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Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings: Monitoring and reviewing information from materials, events, or the environment, to detect or assess problems.

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Making Decisions and Solving Problems: Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.

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Repairing and Maintaining Mechanical Equipment: Servicing, repairing, adjusting, and testing machines, devices, moving parts, and equipment that operate primarily on the basis of mechanical (not electronic) principles.

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Controlling Machines and Processes: Using either control mechanisms or direct physical activity to operate machines or processes (not including computers or vehicles).

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Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material: Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials to identify the cause of errors or other problems or defects.


Knowledge header image

The following is a list of the five most commonly reported knowledge areas for this occupation.

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Building and Construction: Knowledge of materials, methods, and the tools involved in the construction or repair of houses, buildings, or other structures such as highways and roads.

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Mechanical: Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.

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Administration and Management: Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.

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Public Safety and Security: Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions.

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Mathematics: Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.


Skillsheader image

The following is a list of the most commonly reported skills used in this occupation.

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Coordination: Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.

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Active Listening: Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

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Operation and Control: Controlling operations of equipment or systems.

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Operation Monitoring: Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.

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Speaking: Talking to others to convey information effectively.

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Complex Problem Solving: Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.

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Reading Comprehension: Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

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Monitoring: Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.

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Time Management: Managing one's own time and the time of others.

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Critical Thinking: Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

Personal Qualitiesheader image

Workers who are most successful in this job role generally have good stamina and a high level of physical fitness.

A natural talent for building and comfort with working at high heights are also recommended. 


Entry Routesheader image

General Operative is an entry-level role. There are no specific educational requirements for general operatives, however, any person who operates construction machinery must be at least 18 years of age and have a special license. To work on a building site in Ireland, Safe Pass Health & Safety Awareness Training is required.

Those who perform well as General Operatives may work their way into supervisory roles, plant operators, civil engineering technicians, or ultimately to construction or project manager roles.

Those interested in pursuing a career as a General Operative typically find employment through experience, apprenticeship, special training or a combination of these.

Last Updated: April, 2015


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