Profession waterway construction labourer
Waterway maintenance labourers maintain canals, dams and other waterway structures such as coastal or inland water plants. They are responsible for the construction of breakwaters, canals, dikes and embankments as well as other works in and around water.
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- Realistic / Conventional
- Types of waterways
Field of information which distinguishes different types of man-made waterways such as canals and dams.
- National waterways
Know the national waterways used for inland navigation, know geographical location of rivers, canals, seaports and inland harbours, and understand the relationship with cargo flows.
- Water pressure
Physical laws, qualities and applications of liquid or water pressure.
- Excavation techniques
The methods to remove rock and soil, used in an excavation site and the associated risks.
- Water policies
Have a solid understanding of policies, strategies, institutions, and regulations concerning water.
- Dredging consoles
The configuration of different types of dredging consoles. How the functions of the dredge are mapped to the console.
- 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.
- Manage sumps
Oversee correct operation of sumps; to make sure that the operations for collecting and removing the undesirable or excess liquid runs smoothly.
- Operate sumps
Operate industrial sumps used to remove excess liquid such as water or chemicals.
- Identify defects in concrete
Use infrared techniques to discover defects in concrete.
- Construct canal locks
Install lock systems in sections of canals for the raising and lowering of vessels from one level to another. These are used for their passage over canals as well as for the control of the water level.
- Operate pumps
Operate industrial pumps used to remove excess liquid.
- 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.
- Plan surface slope
Make sure the planned surface has the necessary slope to prevent puddling of water or fluids.
- Construct dams
Dewater a suitable area through the construction of a diversion tunnel and use earthmoving equipment to build a coffer dam. Remove rocks and rubble in order to construct a plant, which uses concrete to prevent water leakages by using waterstops.
- Inspect construction sites
Ensure health and safety during the construction project by inspecting the construction site regularly. Identify risks of putting people in danger or of damaging construction equipment.
- Dig soil mechanically
Use mechanical equipment to dig up and move soil. Form pits according to excavation plans.
- Use rigging equipment
Set up rolling and lifting equipment required to lift and move objects e.g. with a crane or block and tackle system.
- Measure water depth
Measure the depths of a body of water by using depth measuring equipment such as a depth gauge.
- Perform drainage work
Dig draining ditches and lay the pipe or gutter installation to allow evacuation of surplus liquid and avoid subsidence or other damage.
- Maintain dredging equipment
Keep the dredging equipment in good condition. Regularly inspect suction elements, pumps, cables, cutterheads and other elements and take the necessary steps to repair any damage or wear.
- Install tunnel segments
Set the reinforced concrete tunnel segments in place after the tunnel boring machine has excavated sufficient space. Base the position of the segments on the plans or calculations for optimal placement.
- 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.