Getting a job with demolition contractors in Sydney involves careful consideration as to whether or not the job is suited to your personality and lifestyle.
The razing industry can involve dirty, dusty work in a range of weather conditions and locations. You may have to travel a fair distance from home and potentially make some overnight stays away from the home.
That being said, working for demolition contractors in Sydney can be enjoyable, especially if you like active, physical work.
There are a range of skills required to work in the wrecking trade. These include:
- Strong decision-making abilities
- Strong problem-solving abilities
- Strong verbal communication
- Strong time-management
- Physical fitness
- Good vision
- Good coordination
- Good hand-arm steadiness
- Ability to work under pressure
- Ability to work as part of a team
- Knowledge of materials used in structures.
You may find that no two days working for demolition contractors in Sydney are the same. You will be expected to carry out a range of different tasks, such as:
- Using heavy machinery
- Handling, placing and detonating explosives
- Dismantling structures, including the removal of fittings, doors and windows
- Putting up safety equipment
- Sorting out reusable materials after razing
- Travelling between various work sites
- Maintaining safe practices.
Opportunities for advancement
Most people working for demolition contractors in Sydney start out as labourers. It’s possible to advance to a higher paid managerial position by gaining on-the-job experience. Becoming a manager usually requires at least 5 years’ experience in the field.
Education and qualifications
There are no formal entry requirements needed in order to work for demolition contractors in Sydney, although a high school certificate is preferred and you do need to be over the age of 18. A background in construction and/or a degree or certificate in engineering may give you an advantage in getting hired.
Some employers may be interested in whether or not you have (at least) a high school education in mathematics, English and/or design and technology. An apprenticeship in plant operation may also be a good pathway into getting a full-time job in the razing field.
As part of your job you may be required to get rid of hazardous materials such as mould, asbestos and lead. In order to do this you will be required to get a government licence, which involves the completion of Occupational Health and Safety approved training. Training covers things such as hazard identification, protective equipment, on-site safety and decontamination. This is important in order to ensure the safety of yourself and others around you.
Limited job growth
Unfortunately, razing is not a booming industry. It is a small field, which makes sense given that it’s not every day that buildings get torn down. In the United States there were only just over 6,500 workers employed in the industry in 2013. Job growth in the U.S. is below average at just 5% until 2022. This means that from 2012-2022 there will only be around 300 new jobs.
This may make getting a job working for demolition contractors in Sydney more competitive. You may need to study or relocate in order to get the experience needed to find work. A job in construction may be more attainable due to the large amount of positions available and the fact that it is a growing industry.
A job working for demolition contractors in Sydney may be well-suited to those who want physical, active work. Unfortunately, the limited amount of job growth in this area may mean that obtaining additional qualifications may be necessary in order to secure a job.