The Building Trades - The Building Trades Alliance

The Building Trades

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Browse the list of careers to learn more about them, and find the right trade for you.

boilermaker

Construct, assemble, maintain, and repair stationary steam boilers and boiler house auxiliaries. Align structures or plate sections to assemble boiler frame tanks or vats, following blueprints.


Bricklayer and Allied Craft Worker

Brickmasons and blockmasons – also called bricklayers – build or repair things such as walls, floors, partitions, fireplaces, and chimneys. Stonemasons focus on stone walls, building exteriors, and floors.

Other masons include: pointing, cleaning, and calking workers who repair brickwork, and refractory masons, who install firebrick and refractory tile in high-temperature machines.


Carpenter

Construct, erect, install, and repair structures and fixtures of wood, plywood, and wallboard, using carpenter’s hand tools and power tools.


Cement Mason

Cement Masons finish exposed concrete surfaces of floors, walls, streets, sidewalks, curbs, gutters, driveways, and other structural and architectural elements (ie: polished concrete). They patch and repair concrete.


Construction Laborer and Helper

Construction laborers and construction helpers remove any debris and potential hazards and unload and prepare tools and other supplies. Part of the preparation involves building or disassembling things such as bracing, barricades, forms, scaffolding, and temporary structures.


Electrician

A structural/ornamental iron worker fabricates and erects (or even dismantles) the structural steel framework of pre-engineered metal buildings, single and multi-story buildings, stadiums, arenas, hospitals, towers, wind turbines, and bridges.


Elevator Installer and Repairer

Constructors assemble, install, test, and maintain elevators, escalators, dumbwaiters, moving walkways, stage lifts, and wheelchair lifts. They perform rigging, welding, electrical work, and hydraulic piping in connection with these tasks, and must also install metal, wood, glass, and other interior and exterior surfaces with a high degree of finish.


Heat and Frost Insulators

Heat and frost insulators apply insulation materials to plumbing, air-handling, heating, cooling and refrigeration systems; piping equipment and pressure vessels; and walls, floors and ceilings of buildings and other structures to prevent or reduce the passage of heat, cold, sound or fire.

Operating Engineer

Operate one or several types of power construction equipment, such as motor graders, bulldozers, scrapers, compressors, pumps, derricks, shovels, tractors, or front-end loaders to excavate, move, and grade earth, erect structures, or pour concrete or other hard surface pavement.


Painter

A painter career includes removing old paint through sanding or wire brushing to prepare surfaces for new paint, protecting floors and furniture with drop-cloths, setting up ladders or scaffolding and filling cracks or holes in walls with putty or similar fillers.


Plumber, Pipefitter, Welder and Service Tech

Plumbers assemble, install, or repair pipes, fittings, or fixtures of heating, water, or drainage systems, according to specifications or plumbing codes. Pipefitters lay pipe for storm or sanitation sewers, drains, and water mains. Perform any combination of the following tasks: grade trenches or culverts, position pipe, or seal joints.

Welders use hand-welding or flame-cutting equipment to weld or join metal components or to fill holes, indentations, or seams of fabricated metal products.

Service technicians install, maintain and repair plumbing, heating, ventilating, air conditioning and refrigeration systems in the residential, commercial and industrial sectors.


Roofer and Waterproofer

Roofer careers include assessing roof damage and determining the most effective ways to fix it, replacing worn materials such as plywood, and installing insulation layers as well as shingles or other materials to ensure the roof is watertight.

Waterproofers apply waterproofing to areas that are below ground level, above ground level, and wet areas.


Sheet Metal Worker

Sheet metal workers install, assemble and repair products made from thin metal sheets, such as drain pipes or ducts used for ventilating, heating and air-conditioning.


Structural Iron and Steel Worker

A structural/ornamental ironworker fabricates and erects (or even dismantles) the structural steel framework of pre-engineered metal buildings, single and multi-story buildings, stadiums, arenas, hospitals, towers, wind turbines, and bridges.


Truck Driver

Delivery truck drivers and driver/sales workers pick up, transport, and drop off packages and small shipments within a local region or urban area.

Higher pay, better job security, and a career you can depend on.