Trade Descriptions

Boilermakers work generally includes welding, burning, cutting, chipping, caulking, riveting, grinding, impact tool operation, fitting, reaming and rigging. Work is done from plans, blueprints and specification to do installation in a sequence of tasks. Boilermakers must be capable of planning and visualizing a complete project. Work is very active and strenuous, often standing for long periods of working in cramped uncomfortable positions. The work requires climbing ladders or scaffolds, considerable lifting is required.
A Bricklayer lays brick, stone, structural tile, marble, concrete block, precast concrete panels, fabricated mason panels, and any other masonry materials to build or repair walls, partitions, fireplaces, sewers, and other structures. Bricklayers also install firebrick linings in industrial furnaces.
Carpentry offers a choice of a number of specialties including: construction, mill-cabinet, flooring, millwright, pile-driver, interior systems, drywall, insulator, roofer, sider, and lather. Each of the specialties listed above require special training. Therefore, individuals must choose what program to enter.
Cement Masons place and finish any concrete surface, apply coatings to concrete, and patch and repair concrete. Additionally, they perform all work that involves concrete floors and walls.
Ceramic Tile Layers install ceramic, mosaic, quarry, slate, marble tile and all types of decorative tiles. They also prepare walls and floors to receive tile.
The work tasks of the Construction Craft Laborers work tasks include, but are not limited to, building and repairing roads, highways, bridges and tunnels; constructing residential and commercial buildings; erecting and dismantling scaffolds; laying underground pipe; placing concrete; preparing and cleaning up a job site; flagging and controlling traffic; cleaning up hazardous waste sites and the removal of asbestos and lead from buildings. Work will be located within the jurisdiction of the Chicago Laborers District Council which consists of Boone, Cook, DuPage, Grundy, Kane, Kendall, Lake, McHenry and Will counties.
Drywall Finishers are concerned with the application of drywall tape and finishing compounds to the joints of adjacent panels or gypsum wallboard surfaces. To provide a smooth, unbroken surface on finished drywall ceilings and walls.
Electricians assemble, install, maintain, and test electrical equipment and wiring systems in residential, commercial, and industrial settings.
Glaziers install metal framing, doors, glass, reflective panels, mirrors and Plexiglas in residential, commercial and industrial buildings.
Heat and Frost Insulators work with commercial and industrial insulation. They install insulation and soundproofing for heating, ventilation, steam generation, process piping and plumbing systems; remove hazardous waste; and clean duct systems.
Operating Engineers operate and maintain heavy construction equipment such as cranes, compressors, and hoists. They use this equipment to excavate, move, or grade earth, erect structural steel, and pour concrete or other hard surface paving materials.
Painting and Decorating is a highly challenging and diversified career. Not only will you have the opportunity to work on new buildings but existing as well. Our trade can be categorized into four types of work – Industrial, Commercial, Residential and Insurance work. In: INDUSTRIAL WORK: You may do parking lots and highway striping or you could be abrasive blasting water towers and ships in shipyards and then apply the proper coating. COMMERCIAL WORK: Entails painting and decorating hospitals, shopping malls, office buildings and schools. RESIDENTIAL WORK: From working in $1,000,000 homes to painting apartments. INSURANCE WORK: Usually this work involves repainting damaged areas caused by fire, water, wind, etc.
Plasterers finish interior walls and ceilings by using a one, two, or three coat system. They install insulated finish systems, apply stucco to exterior walls and ceilings, and soundproof and fireproof buildings.
A Plumber’s work consists of plan reading and installing and maintaining plumbing systems. These plumbing systems include underground water supply, storm water, sewer drainage, fixture installation, and waste and vent piping both inside and outside of buildings.
Roofers use a wide range of products and application techniques for applying hot asphalt, hot coal, tar pitch, rubber (EPDM & Hypalon), thermo plastics systems, torch applied modified bitumen, and cold applied systems. In addition, they install insulation and gravel and work with slate, cement and clay tile and shingles. Waterproofers apply materials to plaza decks and building foundations to keep moisture out.
Sprinkler Fitters install, repair, and maintain all types of fixed piping and automatic fire protection systems.
Structural and Reinforcing Iron Workers erect structural steel buildings and all types of bridges. They also perform precast, reinforcing, and post-tensioning.
Technical Engineers perform control, preliminary and construction surveys to provide line and grade and to establish or re-establish base lines, center and offset lines. They also establish bench marks and transfer of grades and elevations; set up and operate instruments including optical and electrical, line, distance, and grade devices; read and interpret architectural, civil, mechanical, and electrical drawing plans and specifications; perform the computations necessary to layout horizontal and vertical work points and control lines for the multiple trades and crafts on construction sites and projects.
Tuckpointers clean masonry buildings, apply caulk, tuckpoint using different types of mortar and sealants, replace lintels, and repair and restore deteriorating masonry and concrete structures.