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International Association of Bridge, Structural, Ornamental and Reinforcing Iron Workers

Welder

Welders use equipment that produces intense heat to cut metal pieces or melt and fuse them together.

Steel Plate Fabricator

Steel plate fabricators create, assemble, fit and install steel or other metal construction components.

Steel Erector

Steel erectors fabricate, construct and join scaffolding, erect pre-engineered buildings and sometimes perform reconstructive work on existing structures.

Rebar Installer

Rebar Installers fabricate and place steel bars (rebar) in concrete forms to reinforce structures.

Ornamental Ironworker

Ornamental ironworkers install metal windows, erect curtain and window wall systems and install and erect metal stairways, catwalks, gratings, doors, railings, fencing, elevator fronts and building entrances.

Rigger

Riggers employ equipment such as power hoists, cranes, derricks, forklifts and aerial lifts, often using chain, cable, fibre line and associated tackle, to lift and move heavy loads over short distances. They load, unload, move and set up machinery, and install structural steel and curtain walls.

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International Association of Heat and Frost Insulators and Allied Workers

HEAT AND FROST INSULATOR

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.

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International Brotherhood of Boilermakers, Iron Ship Builders, Blacksmiths, Forgers and Helpers

Non Destructive Testing Technician

Also called Field Heat Treatment Technician

Non Destructive Testing Technicians apply controlled heating and cooling to joints in metal vessels to offset the high temperature effects of welding. The process, also called Post Weld Heat Treatment (PWHT), involves heating welded pieces, keeping them at high temperatures for a period of time and controlling their rate of cooling.

BOILERMAKER

Boilermakers build, erect, repair, test and maintain boilers, tanks, pressure vessels, and tightly sealed containers for liquids, gases and powders.

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International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW)

POWERLINE TECHNICIAN

Powerline Technicians construct, maintain and repair overhead and underground electrical power transmission and distribution systems.

ELECTRICIAN

Electricians install, repair and maintain electrical systems that provide heat, light, power, communications, and building monitoring, control, security and alarm systems.

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International Brotherhood of Teamsters

WAREHOUSE OPERATIONS

Warehouse operations cover activities including receiving and storing materials, controlling and protecting inventory, and fulfilling customer orders, including picking, packing and shipping.

TRUCK DRIVER

Truck drivers are responsible for safely transporting goods and materials on roads and highways throughout North America.

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International Union of Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers (BAC)

TILE SETTER

Tile setters cover interior and exterior walls, floors and ceilings with ceramic, marble and quarry tiles, mosaics or terrazzo.

STONE MASON

Stone masons install masonry materials such as stone, brick and cement blocks to build, maintain or restore walls, patios, arches, fireplaces, chimneys and other structural and decorative elements of new and old buildings.

POINTER-CLEANER-CAULKER

Pointer-cleaner-caulkers power wash exterior brick and mortar walls, caulk and seal joints, apply waterproofing, and inject epoxy into fractures and cracks to restore the structural integrity of old buildings.

PLASTERER

Plasterers apply plaster, stucco and other similar materials on interior and exterior walls and ceilings.

MARBLE MASON

Marble masons cover interior and exterior walls, floors and ceilings with decorative and protective finishes made of marble or other stone.

FINISHER

Finishers fashion rough or smooth finishes for concrete and create decorative patterned, stamped or coloured surfaces on floors, driveways, sidewalks, and other concrete structures.

CEMENT MASON

Cement masons direct concrete pouring and finish the poured surfaces.

BRICK MASON

Brick masons lay brick, concrete block, stone, structural tile, precast panels and other similar materials to build or repair walls, patios, walkways, chimneys, fireplaces and other elements in commercial and residential buildings.

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International Union of Elevator Constructors (IUEC)

ELEVATOR CONSTRUCTOR

Elevator constructors assemble, install, maintain and repair freight and passenger elevators, escalators, moving walkways and related equipment.

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International Union of Operating Engineers (IUOE)

MOBILE CRANE OPERATOR

Mobile crane operators use mobile cranes to lift, move, position and place heavy loads including materials and equipment.

HEAVY EQUIPMENT OPERATOR

Heavy equipment operators operate heavy equipment used in the construction and maintenance of roads, bridges, tunnels, buildings, pipelines and other structures.

HEAVY EQUIPMENT MECHANIC

Heavy equipment mechanics maintain, overhaul and repair heavy construction equipment including trucks, trailers, caterpillars and earth moving equipment.

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International Union of Painters and Allied Trades (IUPAT)

PAINTER AND DECORATOR

Painters and decorators apply paint, stain, lacquer, varnish, wallpaper and other finishes to interior and exterior surfaces of buildings and other structures.

GLAZIER

Glaziers cut, fit, install and replace glass on exterior walls of buildings and other structures, and in furniture and other products.

DRYWALL FINISHER

Drywall finishers apply, finish, maintain and restore drywall, plaster or similar materials, on interior and exterior walls, ceilings, and building partitions to produce plain or decorative surfaces.

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Laborers’ International Union of North America (LIUNA)

PIPELAYER

Pipelayers lay pipe for storm or sanitary sewers, drains, and water mains.

MASON TENDER

Mason tenders assist masons by stocking supplies, building scaffolding and mixing mortars.

LABOURER

Construction labourers assist skilled tradespersons and perform tasks such as preparing and cleaning up construction sites, moving construction materials and equipment, and performing demolition and excavation activities.

FORM SETTER

Form setters layout, measure and cut materials to build wooden forms for pouring cement to construct foundations, sidewalks, driveways and other concrete structures.

DEMOLITION WORKER

Demolition workers tear down structures of all kinds. They may use tools ranging from pneumatic hammers and small hoists to heavy equipment such as excavators and bulldozers.

CONSTRUCTION CRAFT WORKER

Construction craft workers prepare, excavate, backfill, compact and clean up work sites. They also handle construction materials, and ship and receive parts.

CEMENT FINISHER

Concrete finishers smooth and finish poured concrete, apply curing or surface treatments and install, maintain and restore masonry structures such as floors, ceilings, sidewalks, roads and patios.

BLASTER

Blasters use explosives to demolish structures, dislodge rock at road or other construction sites, and dislodge rock and ore in quarries and mines.

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Operative Plasterers' and Cement Masons' International Association of the United States and Canada (OPCMIA)

RESTORATION STEEPLEJACK

Restoration steeplejacks inspect and restore the highest sections of tall buildings.

FIREPROOFER

Fireproofers prepare and apply fireproofing and sound control coatings, including gypsum, cement and acrylic mixtures, in industrial and commercial buildings.

CEMENT MASON

Cement masons direct concrete pouring and finish the poured surfaces.

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Sheet Metal, Air, Rail and Transportation Workers (SMART)

SIDING INSTALLER

Siding installers apply specialized sheeting, cladding and insulation as part of the outer shell of buildings.

SHEET METAL WORKER

Sheet metal workers fabricate and install ductwork, coping and flashing, metal roofs, rain gutters, downspouts, siding, and skylights.

ROOFER

Roofers install, repair or replace waterproof roofing on buildings with flat or sloped roofs.

DECKING INSTALLER

Sheet metal workers who work with siding and decking install metal roof decking and siding on a prefabricated building.

ARCHITECTURAL METALS AND PANELS

Sheet metal workers who work with architectural metal and panels lay out, fabricate and install building components, such as gutters, skylights, paneled roofs, cornices, downspouts and copulas.

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United Association of Journeymen and Apprentices of the Plumbing and Pipefitting Industry of the United States and Canada (UA)

Non Destructive Testing Technician

Also called Field Heat Treatment Technician

Non Destructive Testing Technicians apply controlled heating and cooling to joints in metal vessels to offset the high temperature effects of welding. The process, also called Post Weld Heat Treatment (PWHT), involves heating welded pieces, keeping them at high temperatures for a period of time and controlling their rate of cooling.

WELDER

Welders use equipment that produces intense heat to cut metal pieces or melt and fuse them together.

STRESS RELIEF TECHNICIAN

Stress relief technicians apply controlled heating and cooling to joints in metal vessels to offset the high temperature effects of welding.

STEAMFITTER / PIPEFITTER

Steamfitters lay out and either fabricate or assemble piping systems that carry water, steam, chemicals and fuel.

SPRINKLER SYSTEM INSTALLERS

Sprinkler System Installers fabricate, install, test, maintain and repair sprinkler systems that use water, foam, carbon dioxide and dry chemicals for fire protection in buildings.

REFRIGERATION AND AIR CONDITIONING MECHANIC

Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Mechanics install, maintain, repair and overhaul air conditioning, refrigeration and combined heating, ventilation and cooling (HVAC) systems.

QCC TECHNICIAN

QCC Technicians make sure that completed work, and/or work in progress, conforms to plans and specifications for construction projects.

PRODUCTION SHOP EMPLOYEES

Production shop employees are highly skilled workers employed by factories that fabricate precision metal products primarily for use in construction.

PLUMBER

Plumbers install, maintain and repair pipes, fixtures and other equipment used to distribute fresh water or dispose of wastewater in residential, commercial and industrial buildings.

PLASTERER

Plasterers apply plaster, stucco and other similar materials on interior and exterior walls and ceilings.

PIPELINER

Pipeliners maintain and repair oil pipeline pumping stations and associated infrastructure including feeder pipelines and storage tanks.

INSTRUMENTATION TECHNICIAN

Instrumentation Technicians install, maintain, and repair instrumentation that ensures the safe and proper operation of machines in industrial plants.

GASFITTER

Gasfitters install, inspect, repair and maintain gas lines and related equipment including meters, regulators, heating units and appliances.

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United Brotherhood of Carpenters (UBC)

PILE DRIVER

Pile Drivers drive steel, concrete or wood pilings that hold back earth during construction excavation, and anchor the foundations for structures, including tall buildings, sound wall barriers, embankments, highways, bridges, docks and wharves.

MILLWRIGHT

Millwrights install, maintain and repair industrial machinery for assembly plants, steel mills, oil refineries, power stations, pumping stations and other industries and utilities that use fixed heavy machinery.

INTERIOR SYSTEMS INSTALLER

Interior Systems Installers install wall and ceiling systems and exterior finishes in the final phase of building construction.

FLOORLAYER

Floorlayers install carpet, wood, linoleum, vinyl and other floor coverings in residential, commercial, industrial and institutional buildings.

CARPENTER

Carpenters build, maintain, repair and renovate structures made of wood, wood substitutes and other materials.