6 Core Skills of a Successful Tradesman | Forum

Ray Jan 22 '19

Successful skilled Tradesmen and Tradeswomen possess skills that separates them from marginal construction workers. Success is the result of practice & persistence. Here is our list of the '6 Core Skills of Success' that any construction professional can acquire through constant practice & dedication.

Strength & Stamina - Construction is very physically demanding, so it’s not surprising that strength and stamina would be an essential skill. If a tradesman or woman can’t complete physical tasks on the job they might not be cut out for the physical labor. Someone who isn’t the strongest person on the crew might have other skills and talents that make them useful in other areas of the project. But it’s still important to be able to complete the physical requirements.

Math Literacy - Construction work requires quite a bit more math literacy than one might expect. Construction workers need to be able to do basic math and some algebra to ensure that the right amount of building materials will be available and accurately used. Tradesmen with strong math skills are highly coveted.

Good with TECH - Technology is here to stay on the construction site. The modern Tradesman has to be willing to learn the new software, apps, and devices that make construction easier. Construction workers that are comfortable with technology and who take the time to learn how it works and be more valuable at their task. 

Willingness to Learn - There are always new methods, technologies, and tools that make the job easier. Construction workers who want to learn new skills and who stay up-to-date on the newest methods have a huge advantage in the field. They’re always trying to find a way to stay under budget and on time while delivering a quality product. It’s an essential skill for any crew because they’re able to teach others on the crew making the whole outfit knowledgeable and productive.

Organization - If you don’t know where your equipment or tools are you’re going to spend unnecessary time and money replacing or finding them.  An organized construction worker will make it to the site on time because they’ve planned out when to be there. They’re going to be ready to go because they’re organized, they know what they need to get the job done, and where to find it.

Works Well with Others - Construction is a team effort. People who don’t have the necessary skills to work well or communicate with others are going to have a harder time building a successful career in our diverse industry. Tradesmen that foster good communication skills help build up productive & well informed teams.

The Forum post is edited by Ray Jan 22 '19