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Learn While You Earn

If a college education is not in your future, a career in the construction trades should be.

The Construction Industry Association of Rochester Member Companies – which represent some of the best firms in the business – have openings for entry level workers as carpenters, laborers, painters, roofers, plumbers and more.

  • Learn your trade from experienced professionals
  • Immediately earning a competitive starting wage and receive benefits
  • Become part of a knowledgeable and highly skilled workforce that delivers the highest level of quality craftsmanship

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From Carpentry to Painting, Plumbing, and More, There’s Certain to be a Skilled Trade That Matches Your Technical Interest

Check out the list below. It provides an excellent overview of just what you can expect to learn and earn should you decide to pursue a career in the construction trades.

  • Boilermakers

    Boilermakers construct, assemble, maintain, and repair stationary steam boilers and boiler house auxiliaries.

    They align structures or plate sections to assemble boiler frame tanks or vats, following blueprints. Work involves use of hand and power tools, plumb bobs, levels, wedges, dogs, or turnbuckles. They assist in testing assembled vessels. Direct cleaning of boilers and boiler furnaces, inspection and repair of boiler fittings, such as safety valves, regulators, automatic-control mechanisms, water columns, and auxiliary machines are all included in boilermakers repertoire.

    MEAN ANNUAL $59,400 plus benefits

    Boilermakers Local Lodge #7, Dan DeCarlo, (716) 667-0861

  • Bricklayers & Allied Craftworkers

    Brick masons, block masons, and stone masons create attractive, durable surfaces and structures.

    For thousands of years, these workers have built buildings, fences, roads, walkways, and walls using bricks, concrete blocks, and natural stone. The structures that they build will continue to be in demand for years to come. The work varies in complexity, from laying a simple masonry walkway to installing an ornate exterior on a highrise building. These workers use their own perceptions and a variety of tools to ensure that the structure meets the desired standards.

    Alternate Titles:
    Brick/Block/Stone Mason, Mason, Mason Apprentice, Cement Masons, Tile Setters, Plasterers

    MEAN ANNUAL $75,480

    Tile and Marble Setters
    MEAN ANNUAL $73,310

    Cement Masons
    MEAN ANNUAL $68,550

    MEAN ANNUAL $76,790

    Bricklayers and Allied Craftsworkers Local #3
    Arthur Miller (585) 641-0750

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  • Carpenters

    Carpenters are involved in many different kinds of construction, from the building of highways and bridges to the installation of kitchen cabinets.

    Carpenters construct, erect, install, and repair structures and fixtures made from wood and other materials. Working from blueprints or instructions from supervisors, carpenters first do the layout – measuring, marking, and arranging materials – in accordance with local building codes. They cut and shape wood, plastic, fiberglass, or drywall using hand and power tools, such as chisels, planes, saws, drills, and sanders. They then join the materials with nails, screws, staples, or adhesives. In the last step, carpenters do a final check of the accuracy of their work with levels, rules, plumb bobs, framing squares, and surveying equipment, and make any necessary adjustments.

    Alternate Titles:
    Carpenter Apprentice, Carpenter Journeyman, Carpenter Foreman
    MEAN ANNUAL $63,050

    Rochester Carpenters Joint Apprenticeship Training
    (585) 436-1110

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  • Construction Laborers

    Construction laborers can be found on almost all construction sites performing a wide range of tasks from the very easy to the potentially hazardous.

    They can be found at building, highway, and heavy construction sites; residential and commercial sites; tunnel and shaft excavations; and demolition sites. Many of the jobs they perform require physical strength, training, and experience. While most construction laborers specialize in a type of construction, such as highway or tunnel construction, some are generalists who perform many different tasks during all stages of construction. Construction laborers, who work in underground construction, such as in tunnels, or in demolition are more likely to specialize in only those areas.

    MEAN ANNUAL $42,000

    Laborers Local #435, Lori Sheldon
    Apprenticeship Coordinator (585) 546-8460

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  • Glaziers & Painters

    Glaziers work in the Finishing Trades as industrial and commercial painters, drywall finishers, wall covers, glaziers, glassworkers, and billboard posters.

    They install glass in windows, skylights, store fronts, and display cases, or on surfaces, such as building fronts, interior walls, ceilings, and tabletops.

    Painters specialize in painting walls, equipment, buildings, bridges, and other structural surfaces, using brushes, rollers, and spray guns. They may remove old paint to prepare surface prior to painting. Painters may mix colors or oils to obtain desired color or consistency.

    MEAN ANNUAL $58,470

    MEAN ANNUAL $51,960

    DC#4 Local 677 (Glaziers & Glassworkers), Apprenticeship &  Training
    (585) 271-2490, info@dc4.org

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  • Insulators

    Insulators install many different types of insulation materials for the thermal protection of hot and cold mechanical systems.

    Insulating is performed in virtually every type of residential and commercial building in the country, as well as industrial plants, chemical facilities, nuclear as well as fossil fuel power plants, military facilities, schools, universities, strip malls and underground piping systems. Insulators apply insulating materials to pipes or ductwork, or other mechanical systems in order to help control and maintain temperature.

    MEAN ANNUAL $86,200

    Heat and Frost Insulators and Allied Workers Union Local #26,
    Apprenticeship Training Program
    (585) 323-1620

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  • Ironworkers

    Ironworkers raise, place, and unite iron or steel girders, columns, and other structural members to form completed structures or structural frameworks.

    May erect metal storage tanks and assemble prefabricated metal buildings. Alternate Titles: Structural Iron & Steel Workers, Iron Workers Apprentice, Journeyman Iron Worker

    MEAN ANNUAL $87,510

    Ironworkers Local #33, Scott Gardner – Business Manager (585) 288-2630

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  • Millwrights

    Millwrights install, dismantle, or move machinery and heavy equipment according to layout plans, blueprints, or other drawings.

    Millwrights are skilled in the erection, installation, and maintenance of production and plant machinery. Millwright work includes tasks of rigging, precision leveling and alignment, building bases and, erecting machinery which may involve welding.

    MEAN ANNUAL $68,660

    Millwrights Local #1163, Apprenticeship Training
    (315) 949-7031

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  • Operating Engineers/Equipment Operators

    Operating Engineers and equipment operators 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.

    May repair and maintain equipment in addition to other duties.

    MEAN ANNUAL $74,660

    International Union of Operating Engineers, Local #158
    Bill Gray, Director (518) 431-1044

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  • Plumbers, Pipefitters & Steamfitters

    Most people are familiar with plumbers who come to their home to unclog a drain or install an appliance.

    In addition to these activities, however, plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters install, maintain, and repair many different types of pipe systems, including municipal water treatment plants to residential, commercial, and public buildings.

    Alternate Titles:
    Pipefitter, Plumber

    MEAN ANNUAL $78,260

    Plumbing & Heating Joint Apprenticeship & Training Council
    John Carpenter, Apprentice Training Coordinator
    (585) 338-1280

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  • Roofers

    Roofers cover roofs of structures with shingles, slate, asphalt, aluminum, wood, or related materials.

    May spray roofs, sidings, and walls with material to bind, seal, insulate, or soundproof sections of structures.

    MEAN ANNUAL $64,080

    United Union of Roofers, Waterproofers and Allied Workers Local #22
    (585) 235-0080

  • Sheet Metal Workers

    Sheet metal workers make, install, and maintain heating, ventilation, and air-conditioning duct systems; roofs; siding; rain gutters; downspouts; skylights; restaurant equipment; outdoor signs; railroad cars; tailgates; customized precision equipment; and many other products made from metal sheets.

    They also may work with fiberglass and plastic materials. Although some workers specialize in fabrication, installation, or maintenance, most do all three jobs. Sheet metal workers do both construction-related work and mass production of sheet metal products in manufacturing.

    Alternate Titles:
    Sheet Metal Mechanics, Sheet Metal Foreman, Sheet Metal Superintendent, Test & Balance Technician I-IVACIR Service Technician, Sheet Metal Apprentice

    MEAN ANNUAL $66,170

    Sheet Metal Workers Local #46, Mark Miller, Training Coordinator (585) 647-3200

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  • Sprinkler Fitter

    Sprinkler Fitters work on installation, repair, and maintenance of fire sprinkler systems as part of a fire protection system.

    They work in a variety of buildings such as mutli-family residential units, commercial buildings, hospitals, schools, powerplants, and factories.

    Data shown for sprinkler fitter is part of plumbers, pipefitters, steamfitters and sprinkler fitters information.

    MEAN ANNUAL $78,260

    Road Sprinkler Fitters Local 669 , Joint Apprenticeship Training Program
    (410) 312-5202

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