Job Profile:      Air Gun Operator

Perform tasks involving physical labor at construction sites. May operate hand and power tools of all types: air hammers, earth tampers, cement mixers, small mechanical hoists, surveying and measuring equipment, and a variety of other equipment and instruments. May clean and prepare sites, dig trenches, set braces to support the sides of excavations, erect scaffolding, and clean up rubble, debris, and other waste materials. May assist other craft workers.

Job Information
38,050 58,100 90,660

Select Tasks
Read plans, instructions, or specifications to determine work activities. Control traffic passing near, in, or around work zones. Signal equipment operators to facilitate alignment, movement, or adjustment of machinery, equipment, or materials.
Dig ditches or trenches, backfill excavations, or compact and level earth to grade specifications, using picks, shovels, pneumatic tampers, or rakes. Position, join, align, or seal structural components, such as concrete wall sections or pipes. Measure, mark, or record openings or distances to layout areas where construction work will be performed.
Load, unload, or identify building materials, machinery, or tools, distributing them to the appropriate locations, according to project plans or specifications. Erect or dismantle scaffolding, shoring, braces, traffic barricades, ramps, or other temporary structures. Position or dismantle forms for pouring concrete, using saws, hammers, nails, or bolts.
Lubricate, clean, or repair machinery, equipment, or tools. Operate jackhammers or drills to break up concrete or pavement. Smooth or finish freshly poured cement or concrete, using floats, trowels, screeds, or powered cement finishing tools.
Operate or maintain air monitoring or other sampling devices in confined or hazardous environments. Install sewer, water, or storm drain pipes, using pipe-laying machinery or laser guidance equipment. Provide assistance to craft workers, such as carpenters, plasterers, or masons.
Tend pumps, compressors, or generators to provide power for tools, machinery, or equipment or to heat or move materials, such as asphalt. Mop, brush, or spread paints, cleaning solutions, or other compounds over surfaces to clean them or to provide protection. Place, consolidate, or protect case-in-place concrete or masonry structures.
Identify, pack, or transport hazardous or radioactive materials. Use computers or other input devices to control robotic pipe cutters or cleaners. Mix, pour, or spread concrete, using portable cement mixers.
Grind, scrape, sand, or polish surfaces, such as concrete, marble, terrazzo, or wood flooring, using abrasive tools or machines. Tend machines that pump concrete, grout, cement, sand, plaster, or stucco through spray guns for application to ceilings or walls. Mix ingredients to create compounds for covering or cleaning surfaces.
Raze buildings or salvage useful materials. Spray materials, such as water, sand, steam, vinyl, paint, or stucco, through hoses to clean, coat, or seal surfaces. Apply caulking compounds by hand or caulking guns to protect against entry of water or air.
Apply weather-stripping to reduce energy loss. Perform building weatherization tasks, such as repairing windows, adding insulation, or applying weather-stripping materials. Perform construction laborer duties at green building sites, such as renewable energy plants or wind turbine installations.
Perform site activities required of green certified construction practices, such as implementing waste management procedures, identifying materials for reuse, or installing erosion or sedimentation control mechanisms.

Select Abilities
The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing. The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand. The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
The ability to come up with a number of ideas about a topic (the number of ideas is important, not their quality, correctness, or creativity). The ability to come up with unusual or clever ideas about a given topic or situation, or to develop creative ways to solve a problem. The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense. The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events). The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
The ability to generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways. The ability to choose the right mathematical methods or formulas to solve a problem. The ability to add, subtract, multiply, or divide quickly and correctly.
The ability to remember information such as words, numbers, pictures, and procedures. The ability to quickly make sense of, combine, and organize information into meaningful patterns. The ability to identify or detect a known pattern (a figure, object, word, or sound) that is hidden in other distracting material.
The ability to quickly and accurately compare similarities and differences among sets of letters, numbers, objects, pictures, or patterns. The things to be compared may be presented at the same time or one after the other. This ability also includes comparing a presented object with a remembered object. The ability to know your location in relation to the environment or to know where other objects are in relation to you. The ability to imagine how something will look after it is moved around or when its parts are moved or rearranged.
The ability to concentrate on a task over a period of time without being distracted. The ability to shift back and forth between two or more activities or sources of information (such as speech, sounds, touch, or other sources). The ability to keep your hand and arm steady while moving your arm or while holding your arm and hand in one position.
The ability to quickly move your hand, your hand together with your arm, or your two hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects. The ability to make precisely coordinated movements of the fingers of one or both hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble very small objects. The ability to quickly and repeatedly adjust the controls of a machine or a vehicle to exact positions.
The ability to coordinate two or more limbs (for example, two arms, two legs, or one leg and one arm) while sitting, standing, or lying down. It does not involve performing the activities while the whole body is in motion. The ability to choose quickly between two or more movements in response to two or more different signals (lights, sounds, pictures). It includes the speed with which the correct response is started with the hand, foot, or other body part. The ability to time your movements or the movement of a piece of equipment in anticipation of changes in the speed and/or direction of a moving object or scene.
The ability to quickly respond (with the hand, finger, or foot) to a signal (sound, light, picture) when it appears. The ability to make fast, simple, repeated movements of the fingers, hands, and wrists. The ability to quickly move the arms and legs.
The ability to exert maximum muscle force to lift, push, pull, or carry objects. The ability to use short bursts of muscle force to propel oneself (as in jumping or sprinting), or to throw an object. The ability to exert muscle force repeatedly or continuously over time. This involves muscular endurance and resistance to muscle fatigue.
The ability to use your abdominal and lower back muscles to support part of the body repeatedly or continuously over time without 'giving out' or fatiguing. The ability to exert yourself physically over long periods of time without getting winded or out of breath. The ability to bend, stretch, twist, or reach with your body, arms, and/or legs.
The ability to quickly and repeatedly bend, stretch, twist, or reach out with your body, arms, and/or legs. The ability to coordinate the movement of your arms, legs, and torso together when the whole body is in motion. The ability to keep or regain your body balance or stay upright when in an unstable position.
The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer). The ability to see details at a distance. The ability to match or detect differences between colors, including shades of color and brightness.
The ability to see under low light conditions. The ability to see objects or movement of objects to one's side when the eyes are looking ahead. The ability to judge which of several objects is closer or farther away from you, or to judge the distance between you and an object.
The ability to see objects in the presence of glare or bright lighting. The ability to detect or tell the differences between sounds that vary in pitch and loudness. The ability to focus on a single source of sound in the presence of other distracting sounds.
The ability to tell the direction from which a sound originated. The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person. The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.

Tools Used
Adjustable wrenches Air compressors Air drills
Air monitoring equipment Asphalt kettles Asphalt mops
Asphalt saws Axes Bale hooks
Bandsaws Belt conveyors Bench grinders
Bosun chairs Brick carrier forks Brick hammers
Brick tongs Cable pullers Calipers
Carpenters' levels Carpenters' squares Caulking guns
Chain saws Chip spreaders Chipping guns
Circular saws Cold chisels Concrete mixers
Concrete pumpers Concrete saws Coring machines
Crawler shovels Crowbars Cutoff saws
Cutout saws Demolition saws Disc grinders
Drill presses Dump trucks Dynamite blasters
Earth tampers Electric boring machines Electric drills
Fall arrest systems Fencing pliers Floats
Floor sanders Floor saws Forklifts
Forks Gas leak detection devices Generators
Gin poles Guniting machines Hammer drills
Hammers Hand grinders Hand trucks
Hoists Hole cutters Hydraulic booms
Hydraulic boring machines Hydraulic chainsaws Hydraulic rock drills
Hydraulic speed shoring equipment Hydraulic track-guided wall saws Impact hammers
Impact wrenches Jackhammers Jet trucks for cleaning sewer lines
Jig saws Kerosene burners Ladders
Laser guidance equipment for pipe placement Laser levels Laser measuring devices
Laser screeds Levels Liquid propane torches
Loaders Manlifts Masonry forklifts
Mattocks Measuring wheels Micrometers
Mortar hoes Mortar mixers Motor graders
Mowing equipment Mud jacks Nail guns
Oil distributors Oxygen/acetylene torches Paddle mixers
Paint sprayers Pavement breakers Pedestal grinders
Picks Pickup trucks Plasma cutters
Plaster mixers Plumb bobs Pneumatic drills
Pneumatic staplers Post hole augers Power buggies
Power drills Power sanders Power screwdrivers
Pressure washers Protective suits Punches
Rakes Reciprocating saws Remote pipe cameras
Respirators Ride-on vacuum cleaners Road rollers
Robotic pipe cleaners Robotic pipe cutters Rotary hammers
Rough terrain forklifts Saber saws Salamanders
Sandblasters Saws Scaffolding
Scarifiers Scissor lifts Screeds
Screwdrivers Sewer cleaner vactors Sewer rodding machines
Shielded arc welding tools Shovels Sidewalk sweepers
Skid steer loaders Slings Smoke testers
Smudge pots Snowplows Spades
Spirit levels Steam cleaning equipment Steam jennies
Stucco spray guns Stump cutters Suction sweepers
Surveying rods Swing chairs Swing stages
Tampers Tape measures Tappers
Temperature probes Theodolites Torches
Transit levels Trenchers Tripods
Trowels Tuck pointers Two way radios
Vibratory plate compactors Wagon drills Walk-behind compacting equipment
Walk-behind saws Water levels Water samplers
Water spraying equipment Water tank trucks Weed sprayers
Welding hoods Winches Wire stretchers

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