Explore the Trades
Check out the Unionized construction skilled trades here.
An Architectural Glass & Metal Technician (also known as a Glazer) handles, measures, cuts, prepares, fits, installs, replaces and repairs all types of glass and glass substitutes, typically in commercial, residential and transportation settings. A Glazer fabricates & installs curtain wall framing, aluminum storefront frames and entrances, doors and hardware, structural silicone glazing, skylights and sloped glazing.
A Brick & Stone Mason builds and repairs walls, floors, arches, pavings, partitions, fireplaces, chimneys, smokestacks and other structures. A Brick & Stone Mason often works on industrial, commercial, institutional and residential buildings. Specifically, a Brick & Stone Mason: Erects, installs, maintains, repairs and alters walls, floors, arches, pavings, partitions, fireplaces, chimneys, smokestacks, and much more.
A Cement (Concrete) Finisher installs concrete structures including interior floors and exterior pavements using a variety of methods of construction to produce a variety of finishes, colours and textures in all types of residential, institutional, commercial and industrial buildings.
A Concrete Pump Operator inspects, prepares, operates, controls, and cleans various concrete pumps including those found in vehicles and their various related attachments/components. Concrete pumps may be truck mounted, stationary, trailer-mounted as well as tower concrete placing booms.
Construction Boilermakers work on pressure vessels related to big industry. Storage Tanks, Boilers, Furnaces, Towers, Heaters, Penstocks, Exchangers, Stacks, Duct Work, Structural Steel and much more. Boilermakers find themselves working on various different jobsites including, but not limited to: Oil Refineries, Steel Mills, Pulp and Paper Mills, Nuclear Power Plants, Coal Fired & Natural Gas Generating Stations, Hydro-electric Generating Stations, LNG Plants, and Cement Plants.
A Construction Craft Worker (Also known as a Labourer) works on a wide variety of structures, such as residential, industrial, commercial, and institutional sites as well as hydro-electric dams, roadways, bridges, tunnels, mining and railways. They may also work on utility, landscape and pipeline projects.
Drywall finishers and plasterers surface, tape and finish drywall (gypsum). They apply, maintain & restore plaster and similar materials on interior and exterior walls, ceilings and building partitions to make them more decorative, soundproof and fire-rated.
Drywall, acoustic and lathing applicators erect exterior structural steel studs and sheeting, shaft wall systems, and install and finish drywall, partition walls, ceiling systems and access flooring types as well as applying thermal and sound insulation.
A Construction & Maintenance Electrician – plans, assembles, connects, installs, repairs, inspects, tests, verifies, and maintains electrical systems in various settings (i.e., residential, commercial, industrial). Electrical systems include heating, lighting, power, communications, security, renewable energy & storage systems. They do complex, difficult work in all kinds of conditions.
Elevating devices mechanics construct, install, service and maintain elevating devices including elevators, lifts and escalators. You may specialize in installation, maintenance or repair and will be employed by elevator manufacturers and/or elevator installation & maintenance companies.
Floor covering installers install carpet, wood, linoleum, vinyl and other resilient floor coverings in residential, commercial, industrial and institutional buildings. They are employed by construction companies, floor-covering contractors, installation companies and carpet retailers, or they may be self employed.
A General Carpenter constructs, renovates and repairs structures made of wood, steel, concrete and other materials in the residential, commercial and industrial construction sectors and in related industries.
Hazardous materials workers identify, remove, package, transport and dispose of hazardous materials such as asbestos, mould, lead, mercury, and other biological hazards.
Heat & frost insulators work with more than just heating, cooling and refrigeration systems, they also help reduce the passage of sound, air, smoke and fire. They are essential to every large institutional, commercial and industrial construction project.
Heavy equipment operators operate heavy equipment used in the construction and maintenance of roads, bridges, airports, gas and oil pipelines, tunnels, buildings and other structures, in surface mining and quarrying activities and in material handling work. They are employed by construction, pipeline and logging companies, and by heavy equipment contractors.
Mobile Crane Operators maintain and operate conventional lattice & telescopic boom mobile cranes that can lift, move, position & place materials and equipment weighing more than 16,000 pounds, such as concrete, steel, gravel and other construction supplies and machinery at construction and industrial sites, ports, factories, warehouses, dockyards or rail yards.
Tower Crane Operator maintains & operates tower cranes to lift, move, position and place materials and equipment, working in construction, surface mining, shipbuilding, offshore drilling rigs and railway settings.
An Industrial Millwright lays out, receives and installs machinery, mechanical equipment and other automated and robotic systems. They work in the construction, commercial, manufacturing, and industrial industries. They often work in close association with people in other trades, such as instrument mechanics, ironworkers, pipefitters and electricians.
Ironworkers are involved in erecting residential, commercial, institutional and industrial buildings as well as other large structures such as bridges, dams and stadiums. They set up the framework of a building by positioning steel girders or other structural elements and then bolting them into place.
Painters and decorators apply paint, wallpaper and other finishes to interior and exterior surfaces of buildings and other structures.
Industrial painters work primarily in infrastructure, construction and manufacturing settings to apply various epoxies, urethane and other protective coatings to a variety of materials and surfaces. Being an industrial painter provides tradespeople the opportunity to work on a variety of work sites, with the opportunity to apply your unique set of skills in many settings, or to subspecialize in one of the coating styles.
Plumbers install, repair and maintain pipes, fixtures and other plumbing equipment used for water distribution and waste water disposal in residential, commercial and industrial buildings.
Precast Concrete guide hoisting engineers and crane operators in aligning concrete panels and slabs into place when constructing a new building. They are skilled at reading architectural drawings and diagrams, loading and unloading concrete pieces, aligning and bolting panels together, and applying grout between the cracks in the concrete to finish the walls.
Refrigeration & air conditioning systems mechanics install, maintain, and repair residential, commercial, and industrial central air conditioning systems. They cut piping and use welding and brazing equipment to connect pipes. They also recharge cooling systems with refrigerant gases. This work requires computer skills for calculating loads & adjusting controls.
Reinforcing Rodworkers place steel and install materials to reinforce concrete. To do this, they fabricate, handle, sort, cut, bend, rig, place, and tie all materials used to reinforce the concrete, including steel.
A Restoration Mason (also known as a Steeplejack), is a specialized trade. Steeplejacking is a process where specialists scale, repair, maintain and renovate buildings, chimneys and church steeples – to name a few. Repairs may include but are not limited to masonry brick and stone replacement and repair, general carpentry, painting, and roof repairs.
A Roofer installs, repairs and replaces flat and sloped roofs involving a variety of materials with different application methods including shingles, slate, shakes, and roofing tiles on sloped roofs and membrane systems.
Sheet Metal Workers design, fabricate, assemble, install and repair sheet metal products. They lay out and measure pieces to job specifications, using tools such as hand shears and power shears, press brakes, drill presses and computerized cutting equipment to cut and shape material. They also assemble pieces using various techniques such as welding and using mechanical fasteners.
Sprinkler and fire protection installers work with high-pressure and low-pressure pipeline systems carrying water, foam, gas, or air. Their work includes installing, repairing, maintaining, and testing sprinkler systems. They can work in residential or commercial environments, but this work is especially important for fire control systems.
Steamfitters work on heating or cooling pipe systems or process systems. They also work on industrial systems that convey gases, employ pneumatic tubing, involve air handling, and form the infrastructure of oil refineries and nuclear power plants. This work includes assembly, installation, maintenance, and repair.
A Terrazzo, Tile and Marble Setter covers interior and exterior walls, floors with terrazzo, tile and/or marble by preparing, measuring and marking the surface to be covered, mixing and applying mortar, mastic, cement, or other adhesives, using hand tools, laying mosaic tiles and removing and replacing cracked or damaged tiles.
A Welder permanently joins pieces of metal or manufactured parts using metal filler and heat and/or pressure; builds structures and repairs broken or cracked parts according to specifications; and carries out special processes, such as welding studs and brazing.