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SCAFFOLD ERECTOR: Safety Comes Before Anything

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Jose works erecting swing stages for a construction company. He explains what a day looks like for him and how he works sometimes hundreds of feet above ground, on the outside of buildings. He shares how to get into his line of work and the importance of safety on the job.

Job Title: Scaffold Erector

Job Summary: Operating Engineers and Other Construction Equipment Operators

Job Description

Operating engineers and other construction equipment operators work with one or several types of power construction equipment. They may operate excavation and loading machines equipped with scoops, shovels, or buckets that dig sand, gravel, earth, or similar materials. In addition to operating the familiar bulldozer, they operate trench excavators, road graders, and similar equipment. Sometimes, they may drive and control industrial trucks or tractors equipped with forklifts or booms for lifting materials. They also may operate and maintain air compressors, pumps, and other power equipment at construction sites.

On-the-Job Training

Moderate-term on-the-job training

Certification Requirement
Varies by State

Quick Facts

Average salary
Average salary
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$30,000 - $50,000
Projected job growth
Projected Job Growth
20 to 30 percent
Typical schedule
Typical schedule
Full-time, Flexible, Irregular
Typical workplace
Typical workplace
Remote, Outdoor, Physically demanding
Personal qualities
Personal Qualities
Teamwork, Technical skills, Strength/stamina, Courageous, Hand-eye coordination, Likes working with hands

Educational Path

Education requirement
Education Requirement
High school degree
Apprenticeship
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m='13880'>we</span> <span m='14010'>go</span> <span m='14430'>all</span> <span m='14650'>the</span> <span m='14720'>way</span> <span m='14930'>from</span> <span m='15800'>10</span> <span m='16059'>story</span> <span m='16390'>buildings,</span> <span m='16920'>all</span> <span m='17040'>the</span> <span m='17100'>way</span> <span m='17240'>up</span> <span m='17340'>to</span> <span m='17470'>the</span> <span m='17770'>50</span> <span m='18480'>story</span> <span m='18800'>buildings</span> <span m='19250'>up</span> <span m='19400'>there.</span> </p><p><span m='19670'>That</span> <span m='20030'>there</span> <span m='20330'>is</span> <span m='21690'>considered</span> <span m='22140'>a</span> <span m='22200'>swing</span> <span m='22460'>stage.</span> <span m='23400'>We</span> <span m='24280'>have</span> <span m='24700'>different</span> <span m='25080'>sizes.</span> <span m='25505'>It</span> <span m='25930'>varies</span> <span m='27560'>depending</span> <span m='27980'>on</span> <span m='28060'>what</span> <span m='28210'>you</span> <span m='28340'>need.</span> <span m='28740'>And</span> <span m='28950'>it</span> <span m='29050'>is</span> <span m='29180'>powered</span> <span m='29550'>by</span> <span m='29750'>two</span> <span m='31340'>motors,</span> <span m='33390'>operational</span> <span m='34040'>motors,</span> <span m='34410'>up</span> <span m='34600'>and</span> <span m='34750'>down.</span> <span m='35660'>And</span> <span m='35770'>that's</span> <span m='35950'>what</span> <span m='36030'>we</span> <span m='36170'>do</span> <span m='36310'>all</span> <span m='36500'>day.</span> </p><p><span m='36730'>It</span> <span m='36820'>varies</span> <span m='37280'>from</span> <span m='37620'>switching</span> <span m='38050'>windows,</span> <span m='39650'>repairing</span> <span m='40280'>any</span> <span m='40490'>old</span> <span m='40660'>buildings,</span> <span m='41850'>to</span> <span m='42070'>building</span> <span m='42610'>new</span> <span m='42790'>buildings.</span> </p><p><span m='44050'>Well</span> <span m='45040'>it's</span> <span m='45180'>start</span> <span m='45440'>from</span> <span m='45550'>the</span> <span m='45630'>bottom,</span> <span m='46720'>Laborer's</span> <span m='46970'>Union.</span> <span m='47750'>Start</span> <span m='48030'>with</span> <span m='48150'>the</span> <span m='48230'>physical</span> <span m='48670'>work,</span> <span m='49470'>and</span> <span m='49770'>you</span> <span m='50200'>work</span> <span m='50480'>your</span> <span m='50610'>way</span> <span m='50860'>up.</span> <span m='51150'>Certain</span> <span m='51500'>hours</span> <span m='52280'>of</span> <span m='52340'>work,</span> <span m='52680'>and</span> <span m='53310'>you</span> <span m='53430'>keep</span> <span m='53630'>going,</span> <span m='54140'>and</span> <span m='54200'>then</span> <span m='54690'>it</span> <span m='54730'>gets</span> <span m='54920'>to</span> <span m='55040'>a point</span> <span m='55360'>where</span> <span m='55675'>you're</span> <span m='55990'>using</span> <span m='56380'>your</span> <span m='56510'>brain</span> <span m='56850'>more</span> <span m='57010'>than</span> <span m='57190'>your</span> <span m='57780'>body.</span> </p><p><span m='59440'>Safety</span> <span m='59980'>comes</span> <span m='60360'>before</span> <span m='60740'>anything.</span> <span m='61860'>Safety</span> <span m='62350'>always.</span> <span m='62620'>Don't</span> <span m='62800'>get</span> <span m='62950'>ahead</span> <span m='63150'>of</span> <span m='63210'>yourself,</span> <span m='65040'>as</span> <span m='65250'>people's</span> <span m='65980'>lives</span> <span m='66280'>depend</span> <span m='66660'>on</span> <span m='66760'>this.</span> <span m='68110'>It's</span> <span m='68180'>what</span> <span m='68350'>it</span> <span m='68470'>is</span> <span m='68670'>safe,</span> <span m='69220'>safety</span> <span m='69600'>first.</span> 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