Build Your Career as a Union Craftsman
Apprenticeship is a combination of on-the-job training and classroom instruction where workers learn the practical and theoretical aspects of a highly skilled occupation. Apprenticeship program training period ranges from three to six years, and apprentices are taught the proper use, care and safe handling of the tools and equipment used in connection with their work. To round out their training, classroom work is required in subjects to the trade.
Apprentices earn while learning; the more they learn, the higher the pay. Most apprentices are paid nearly 50% of a journeyperson’s wage to start. As they climb the ladder to the final qualifications, their wages are increased at regular intervals. At the end of their term of apprenticeship, they become a journeyperson and draw full pay and benefits for their skill.
Men and women 17 or 18 years old (depending on the trade) are eligible to apply. Applicants must be physically able to do the work of the trade and some trades require an entry examination. Apprenticeship programs provide equal opportunity to all persons, regardless of race, sex, national origin, religion or age.
Bricklayers/Tile and Terrazzo
An 8-week, pre-job training program is required prior entry into the apprenticeship program. Once completed, you are eligible to join the local Bricklayers Union and work as an apprentice.
Welding. Rigging. Heavy fabrication. These are a few of the skills you will learn as a Boilermaker apprentice. Utilizing advanced training techniques and over 100 years of history and experience, we are dedicated to creating highly-skilled craftsmen and women to be the Boilermakers of tomorrow.
Carpenters construct, erect, install, and repair structures and fixtures made from wood and other materials. Carpenters are involved in many different kinds of construction, from the building of highways and bridges to the installation of kitchen cabinets.
Cement masons work primarily with concrete or cement products and are an integral part of the team that creates our nation’s vast roads, highways, dams, high-rise office buildings and airport runways.
Construction Craft Laborers
Laborers are valued trade workers in the construction industry with skill sets that encompass almost every facet of commercial and industrial work – from buildings and roads to utilities and renovation.
Electrical apprentices will plan, assemble and install all electrical apparatuses, equipment, fixtures, and wiring used in electrical systems for maintenance, renovation, and new construction projects. Other tasks may include installation, connecting and troubleshooting of electrical machinery, control devices, industrial equipment, and signal communications systems.
Glaziers cut and install all sizes of glass, such as plate glass, clear and heat-absorbing window glass, obscure glass, mirrors, leaded glass panels and insulating glass units.
The highly trained and highly skilled members are proud to be the workforce often called upon to perform the vital mechanical insulation and firestopping work throughout those buildings where the region’s children spend much of their time. On power plant projects, the expertise and craftsmanship of our members help ensure energy conservation, allowing the plants to operate as efficiently as possible.
Ironworkers create bridges, buildings, highways, stadiums. and ornamental finishes. There are several classifications, including structural ironworkers, reinforcing ironworkers, ornamental ironworkers and more.
Operating engineers are key employees on most construction sites. They’re responsible for the safe operation and maintenance of heavy construction equipment, such as cranes, loaders, bulldozers, etc.
We represent men and women in the United States and Canada who work in what is called the Finishing Trades – Industrial & Commercial Painting, Drywall Finishing, Glazing & Glass Work, Sign & Display, Floor Covering Installation, and many more successful careers in the construction industry and public sector.
Plasterers work on walls and ceilings to create smooth, decorative and fire-safe interiors/exteriors. Plasterers also create shapes on ceilings and walls that make a room more decorative and interesting.
Apprentice plumbers perform many of the same tasks that veteran plumbers do, including installing new plumbing fixtures, unclogging plumbing systems, and repairing pipes. They may handle easier jobs on their own and act as a helper on more complex jobs.
Commercial and industrial roofers work on a variety of types of buildings, protecting those facilities and their contents against water damage. Roofing in this sector is generally built-up or in the single-ply category.
Sheet Metal Workers
Sheet metal workers perform tasks using metal, including the design, fabrication and installation of heating, ventilation, and air conditioning systems. They’re also responsible for restaurant and cafeteria cabinets/countertops.
The Teamsters are known as the champion of freight drivers and warehouse workers but have organized workers in virtually every occupation imaginable, both professional and non-professional, private sectors and public sector.