Top 10 Books for Construction Workers

Successful people are always trying to improve themselves. Being successful is about consistently sharpening and developing your skills, and books can be a great tool to expand your knowledge.


In construction, you not only need to know your craft, but you also need to be able to work in a team, motivate people and not take yourself too seriously (most of the time).

Here’s our top ten books that we think all construction workers should read. 



1. Structures: Or Why Things Don’t Fall Down – J.E. Gordon

Business Insider noted “Structures: Or Why Things Don’t Fall Down” as one of the 14 Books that inspired Elon Musk.
This book strips engineering of the confusing technical terms, communicating the founding principles of engineering in accessible, witty prose.

For anyone who has ever wondered why suspension bridges don't collapse under eight lanes of traffic, how dams hold back (or give way under) thousands of gallons of water, or what principles guide the design of a skyscraper, a bias-cut dress, or a kangaroo, this book will ease your anxiety and answer your questions.

Architects and engineers will appreciate the clear, witty and rational explanations of the concepts of stress, shear, torsion, fracture, and compression. If you're building a house, a sailboat, or a catapult, this is a handy tool for understanding the mechanics of joinery, floors, ceilings, hulls, masts--or flying buttresses.

Without jargon or oversimplification, this book opens up the marvels of technology to anyone interested in the foundations of our everyday lives.

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2. Structural Engineer’s Pocket Book – Fiona Cobb

A comprehensive pocket reference guide for professional and student structural engineers. With stripped-down basic material-tables, data, facts, formulae, and rules of thumb, this book is directly usable for scheme design by structural engineers in the office, in transit, or on site. 
This excellent little book should remain an important first reference tool for practising engineers and students alike.

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3. Fundamentals of Building Construction: Materials and Methods – Edward Allen

The fundamentals – literally. This book truly is the nuts and bolts on building construction.

This bestselling reference details the basic materials and methods used in building construction. Emphasising common construction systems such as light wood frame, masonry bearing wall, steel frame, and reinforced concrete construction. This book gives the latest on "pre-engineered" building components and sustainability issues; and reflects the latest building codes and standards.

“Fundamentals of Building Construction” lays the foundation that every architect and construction professional needs to build a successful career.

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4. Contractors Survival Guide – Jason Reid

The “Contractor's Survival Guide” provides all the tools needed to succeed when others in the industry are struggling. This book is written by a contractor with first-hand experience, and it is packed with proven techniques that will increase leads, cut costs, drive profits, and improve overall productivity. 
Some of the tips apply and some don't. Either way you will end up doing better in business from having read this book and applying these lessons.

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5. Hard-Hat Productivity - Norb Slowikowski

To be successful is to be productive, right? 
Do you want to increase the productivity of your team in the construction world? Take a shot at this book. It has several suggestions that would increase both your productivity and the productivity of your team. 

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6. The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People – Stephen Covey

This book gives you an excellent framework for the way to approach your career like a world-class individual. The tips in this book are simple, open-ended and easy to follow. These are the kind of things you know you should do all the time, but don’t. 
If you want to become better, you just need to master the basics and everything else will follow. A holistic, integrated, principle-centred approach for solving personal and professional problems. These are the fundamental building blocks of success. 

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7. The Four Hour Chef – Tim Ferriss

As an engineer, your brain works in an analytical, detailed, pattern-oriented and logical manner. This book is as if someone wrote a cookbook for engineers (although that also exists). Tim Ferriss takes something quite complicated and mysterious, and breaks it down into manageable, bite-sized steps.
For engineers, the process of taking the complicated and making it manageable is something you will do daily, in all aspects of your life. This book outlines some key frameworks for thinking about structuring complicated problems. So, this book actually helps you develop valuable life skills.
Good food and function, it’s a no brainer – right? 

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8. How to Win Friends and Influence People - Dale Carnegie

There is a reason that this book is one of the best-selling books of all time. 
One key element of being successful is the ability to develop fruitful relationships, and this book will help you whether you are in the field or in the office. 
Carnegie’s classic book provides the foundations for creating a valuable network by helping you understand people and their motives. You will be pushed to improve your listening and communication skills. 
We all need people to help us become more successful, and this book definitely helps. 

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9. Legacy: What the All Blacks Can Teach Us About the Business of Life" - James Kerr

The construction industry is a team event. 
You cannot build a house, an apartment building, commercial complex, or a high rise without a great number of people. And if you want to be successful in this industry you must learn to create, develop, and manage your team effectively. 
If you want to learn about the power of teamwork, learn from one of the best teams in the world. In "Legacy", James Kerr examines the factors behind the enduring success of the All Blacks, the New Zealand rugby team. With the highs and lows of the team as the backdrop, Kerr shares how the All Blacks created a winning team culture that has propelled them into legendary status.

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10. How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big – Scott Adams

Homer Simpson famously said, “if at first you don’t succeed, give up”.
But Scott Adams has probably failed at more things than anyone you've ever met. So how did he go from hapless office worker and serial failure, to the creator of Dilbert, one of the world's most famous comic strips?
Goals are for losers; systems are for winners. Forget 'passion'; what you need is personal energy. Just some of the insights you’ll get from this book. But additionally, in this brilliant book, Adams shows us how to invite failure in, embrace it, and then pick its pocket. While you laugh at his failures, you'll discover some helpful ideas for your own path to personal victory.

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So, we recommend giving some of these insightful, inspiring books a read – learn your craft, learn how to work better in a team and ultimately home in on your skills in construction so that you can build a successful career.  



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