Profession house builder

House builders construct, maintain and repair houses or similar small buildings using a range of techniques and materials of several construction building workers.

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Personality Type

  • Enterprising / Realistic

Knowledge

  • Building materials industry

    Supplier, brands and types of products and goods available on the market of building materials.

  • Building codes

    The set of guidelines that determine the minimum standards for buildings and other constructions in order to protect public health and safety.

  • Roofing techniques

    Techniques used to form the upper covering of a building according to specific materials such as ceramic tiles, wood shingles, slate, metal, concrete of plant stalks.

Skills

  • Check construction compliance

    Determine whether a construction complies with laws and regulations.

  • Plan construction of houses

    Draw up blueprints for the construction of houses and other types of buildings. Calculate and estimate the required materials and coordinate and supervise activities of workers executing the several construction techniques needed for the building process.

  • Design floor

    Plan a floor to be created from different types of materials, like wood, stone or carpet. Take into account the intended use, space, durability, sound, temperature and moisture concerns, environmental properties and aesthetics.

  • Create floor plan template

    Lay out the floor plan of the area to be covered on a suitable medium, such as strong paper. Follow any shapes, nooks and crannies of the floor.

  • Prepare building site

    Draw up building plans and prepare building sites for erecting buildings or other structures.

  • Follow health and safety procedures in construction

    Apply the relevant health and safety procedures in construction in order to prevent accidents, pollution and other risks.

  • Follow safety procedures when working at heights

    Take necessary precautions and follow a set of measures that assess, prevent and tackle risks when working at a high distance from the ground. Prevent endangering people working under these structures and avoid falls from ladders, mobile scaffolding, fixed working bridges, single person lifts etc. since they may cause fatalities or major injuries.

  • Seal flooring

    Use a suitable sealer to seal a floor, preventing damage from fluids and other spills.

  • Work in a construction team

    Work as part of a team in a construction project. Communicate efficiently, sharing information with team members and reporting to supervisors. Follow instructions and adapt to changes in a flexible manner.

  • Perform roof maintenance

    Inspect the roof or facade cladding to assess its general state and identify any damage, recommend and perform maintenance and repair work such as fixing broken shingles, replacing flashing, clearing debris and securing the gutters.

  • Inspect roofs

    Inspect the condition of an existing roof. Check the state of the weight-bearing structure, roof covering, insulation, and accessibility. Take into account the intended purpose of the roof, including any accessories to be installed.

  • Read standard blueprints

    Read and comprehend standard blueprints, machine, and process drawings.

  • Use safety equipment in construction

    Use elements of protective clothing such as steel-tipped shoes, and gear such as protective goggles, in order to minimise risk of accidents in construction and to mitigate any injury if an accident does occur.

  • Prepare surface for hardwood floor laying

    Make sure the base is properly prepared. Flatten out any uneven surface by applying thin strips of wood called firrings, sanding and refixing any loose or creaky boards.

  • Inspect concrete structures

    Visually inspect a concrete structure to see if it is structurally sound. Check for different types of cracks, such as those due to reinforcement corrosion, impact damage or high water content.

  • Install wood elements in structures

    Install elements made of wood and wood-based composite materials, such as doors, stairs, plinths, and ceiling frames. Assemble and affix the elements, taking care to prevent gaps. Inspect the work and notify the responsible person in case of problems.

  • Maintain construction structures

    Repair and maintain existing construction structures. Inspect the construction site in order to keep these structures in a safe and sanitary condition, and compliant to safety standards and regulations.

  • Install construction profiles

    Install a variety of metal or plastic profiles used to attach materials to each other or to structural elements. Cut them to size if called for.

  • Create smooth wood surface

    Shave, plane and sand wood manually or automatically to produce a smooth surface.

  • Check compatibility of materials

    Make sure the materials are fit to be used together, and if there are any foreseeable interferences.

Optional knowledge and skills

construct wood roofs prepare surface for painting install structural glazing order construction supplies calculate needs for construction supplies cut resilient flooring materials lay non-interlocking roof tiles coordinate construction activities process incoming construction supplies install metal roofing cut stair carriages ensure compliance with construction project deadline install gutters install laminate floor install in-floor and in-wall heating construction product regulation install roof flashing lay resilient flooring tiles apply roll roofing energy performance of buildings lay interlocking roof tiles energy efficiency prepare roofing materials set up temporary construction site infrastructure