Construction Trades


Bricklayers build walls, partitions, arches, fireplaces, chimneys and other structures from bricks, blocks, structural tile and other pre-made materials. Specialty areas include bricklayers, terrazzo workers, pointers, cleaners and caulkers, stonemasons, tile and marble setters, tile and marble finishers.


Carpenters construct, erect, install and repair commercial and residential structures and fixtures of wood, plywood and wallboard. They erect framework in buildings including sub-flooring, partitions and rafters, and install molding, wood paneling, cabinets, windows, doors and hardware as wall as building forms for concrete work, building stairs and laying floors. Specialty areas include carpenters, floor coverers, lathers, millwrights, millmen, cabinet & display builders and heavy and highway carpenters.


Electricians plan, install, maintain and test electrical circuitry and appliances for heating, lighting, communications and power, as well as in air conditioning and refrigeration systems in homes, commercial buildings and factories.

Elevator Constructors

Complete installation, service and maintenance of all residential, commercial and industrial elevators, escalators, moving walks or any other form of people moving and vertical transportation systems.


Glaziers cut and install all types and sizes of glass such as plate glass, custom glass, window glass, obscure glass, mirrors and leaded glass panels and curtain wall. They also fit and install aluminum entrances, sidelights and show windows, as well as plastic and porcelain panels in metal and wood frames.


Insulators install insulation in both industrial and commercial mechanical systems, such as piping, boilers, duct work, storage tanks and equipment for the purpose of energy savings and burn protection, and to control system heat transfer and condensation. firestopping work consist of, but is not limited to head of wall, curtain wall, penetrations, and wall to wall joints.


Ironworkers erect structural steel, install reinforcing steel, metal floor and roof decking, and assemble and install decorative curtain wall. They also move heavy machinery and assemble pre-engineered buildings.


Physical and technical skills required to perform tasks associated with work done by Construction Craft Laborers can include the construction, remodeling and demolition of buildings, dams, bridges, airports, streets, sewers, tunnels, etc. Typically, a laborer may do placement of asphalt and concrete, assisting brick masons, carpenters, and plaster masons, earth compaction, pavement breaking, landscaping, pipe laying, cleanup, flagging environmental remediation (including asbestos, hazardous waste, lead, and radiation abatement), cutting and burning steel, rigging, sandblasting, etc. Most of the environmental remediation courses require written testing to gain certification.


As a lineman, you’ll be involved in the construction and maintenance of overhead and underground powerlines. You'll learn the skills needed to work on substations and switchyards, as well as distribution and transmission circuits up to 500,000 volts.


Millwrights are construction mechanics who install and maintain conveyance systems and large machinery for factories and shops.

Operating Engineers

Operating Engineers operate and maintain heavy construction equipment such as cranes, backhoes, loaders, scrapers and bulldozers for use in the construction of buildings, factories, roads, dams, power plants and bridges.

Painters and Drywall Finishers

Residential, industrial and commercial painters prepare surfaces and apply paints to walls and moldings, indoors and outdoors. Industrial work may include bridges, tanks, powerhouses, sandblasting and spray painting. Commercial work can involve painting/brush and roll, and wall covering.

Plasterer and Cement Masons

Plasterers mix and apply coats of standard and decorative plasters both inside and out. Cement masons smooth and finish exposed concrete surfaces on projects such as walls, floors, steps, sidewalks, driveways and roads. The bulk of the work is in commercial and industrial building.

Plumbers & Steamfitters

Plumbers design, install and maintain sanitary, storm, water supply and gas service lines, plumbing fixtures and mechanical equipment. Steamfitters install and service pipes and measuring devices in water and steam-pressure systems, air conditioning and refrigeration systems, and power and fuel facilities.

Roofers & Waterproofers

Roofers install roofs on structures in a variety of materials, including shingles, slate and tile, hot tar, rubber, plastics and composites.

Sheet Metal Workers

Sheet Metal Workers build a variety of products from sheets of steel, aluminum, copper and other metals, and install the finished products. They are responsible for heating, air conditioning and ventilation of commercial buildings and homes. They also design and fabricate outdoor items such as fascia, flashing, awnings, gutters and metal roofs, as well as indoor kitchen equipment and related exhaust systems.