The construction craft worker trade appeals to people who enjoy being physically active, working outdoors and using various manual and power tools. Construction craft workers work in many different industries, including civil construction, road building, highrise construction, demolition, dam and tunnel construction, pipelines and various others.
High School (recommended
2 years, includes 240 hours of technical training, 4,000 hours (minimum) of on-the-job training and exam. Journeyperson awarded after successful completion. As an apprentice, you also earn while you learn.
An applicant who has previous work experience related to the labourer trade may also qualify to challenge the Journeyperson exam. A minimum of 6,000 hours in the trade must be confirmed by an employer as well as having achieved 70 per cent of the labourer job scope.
(technical training and on the job)
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(CONSTRUCTION LABOUR FORCE)
10% over the decade
compared to 2020*
You are looking for variety on the job.
You like working with your hands & with machines.
You are comfortable working at heights and in diverse weather.
The Construction and Specialized Workers’ Union (CSWU) consists of over 8,000 members across British Columbia and the Yukon. Labourers are a backbone to construction, working on tasks to help job sites to run smoothly.
Bricklayers prepare, lay brick and other masonry units to construct and repair structures such as walls, partitions, fireplaces and chimneys. They also lay or install fire brick or castable materials on commercial or industrial projects.
Camp workers plan, prepare and serve meals and clean facilities in remote construction camps. These hospitality workers play a critical role on site!
Carpenters bring an architect’s blueprints to life by working with wood, vinyl, plastic and other materials to create the interior and exterior of structures. They can work with construction companies, carpentry contractors and maintenance departments or they can be self-employed.
Concrete finishers/cement masons place, level and finish perishable concrete in various settings, including residential, commercial, industrial and institutional construction. They install overlayments and perform repairs to restore deteriorated surfaces, as well as install structural and machine base grouts.
Drywall finishers tape and finish wallboard (drywall). They also apply, maintain and restore plaster and similar materials on interior and exterior walls, ceilings and building partitions to make them more decorative, soundproof and fire-rated.
Electricians design, plan, install, repair and maintain electrical systems in homes, commercial buildings, industrial complexes and retail buildings. There's also growing demand for specialized work with controls, Internet of Things (IoT), renewable energy projects, fibre optics and communication and computer networks.
Floor covering installers, also known as floorlayers, install all types of flooring materials, including carpet, sheet vinyl, linoleum, luxury vinyl tile, hardwood, laminate and even sports surfaces. Floorlayers work in commercial, residential and institutional settings and install floor coverings in structures such as office buildings, schools, hotels, homes and hospitals.
Glaziers fabricate, install and repair commercial and residential window, door and entranceway systems. They can work with construction glass installation contractors, interior design and architectural firms, and glass fabrication shops. There is always a demand for glaziers!
Hazardous materials abatement workers identify, remove, package, transport and dispose of hazardous materials such as asbestos, mould, lead, mercury, PCBs and other biological hazards.
Insulators apply, remove and repair thermal and acoustical insulation using a range of insulation materials (e.g., fibreglass, mineral wool, styrofoam, etc.) on all types of mechanical equipment, such as plumbing and piping systems, HVAC systems, heat exchangers, tanks, vessels and other mechanical systems.
Ironworkers rig, handle and place all the rebar, post tensioning and structural steel on a construction site such as columns, beams, girders and more. In B.C., they can work on high rise & commercial buildings, bridges, tunnels, dams, mines, stadiums and other structures. An ironworker generalist is trained in both reinforcing and structural steel.
Millwrights install, service, diagnose and repair stationary machinery and heavy equipment used in many industries. They work on a range of equipment such as pumps, compressors, turbines and mining equipment using a combination of hand and power tools, including welding equipment. They can develop skills in areas such as hydraulics, electronics and other specializations.
Operating engineers work as heavy equipment operators, crane operators, mechanics and welders. Industries include construction, road building, paving, mining, marine, & oil and gas. They are highly skilled and masters in the operation of specialized equipment.
Painters/decorators apply decorative and protective finishes in commercial, institutional and industrial settings. They prepare a variety of surfaces (wood, masonry, drywall, plaster, concrete, synthetics, stucco and metal) prior to the application of materials such as paint, high performance coatings, waterproofing, fireproofing, varnish, shellac, wall coverings, and specialty finishes.
Piledrivers install pipes and poles vertically deep into the ground to support buildings of all sizes. On roads and highways, they construct overpasses and bridges. In water, they build structures under the sea, from container ship docks to ferry terminals.
Plumbers, steamfitters and sprinkler fitters are all part of the Piping Trades. Each trade is unique and offers different career opportunities. They can work in residential, commercial, institutional and industrial construction, as well as in refineries, LNG facilities and shipyards.
Refrigeration mechanics fabricate, install, alter, repair and service equipment that freezes, cools and/or heats. This equipment is used in the industrial, commercial, institutional and residential sectors. They will also have a B Gas Fitter ticket when their apprenticeship is complete.
Scaffolders assemble systems that are temporary structures used to support equipment and material, and to provide access for workers in the construction and maintenance of buildings and facilities. Scaffolders can work in almost all sectors of the construction industry, including residential, commercial, industrial and maintenance.
Sheet metal workers lay out, fabricate, assemble, weld, install and service a variety of projects such as HVAC (heating, ventilation and air conditioning), industrial, kitchen and hospital equipment, and architectural work. A Sheet metal worker requires highly specialized and up-to-date skills to accomplish the various tasks involved in the trade.
Teamsters move crews and materials using a pickup truck to a rock truck to a nine axle lowboy. There is no sector of industry, be it heavy construction, agriculture, manufacturing, road building, or oil and gas, which does not require the services of teamsters. Teamsters drive a wide range of motorized vehicles in a safe and skillful manner.
Wall & ceiling installers frame interior walls and install window frames, doors, partitions and computer floors. They hang drywall, T-bar ceilings and suspended ceilings