The skills required as a Construction Craft Laborer are varied. A laborer’s work involves pouring concrete, paving roads with asphalt, laying pipe for sewers, working on demolition projects, installing storm drains and water mains, and working on bridges. Laborers also perform many safety-related duties which include flagging and traffic control. They may assist other craft workers such as carpenters, plasterers, and masons and use tools of all types.

Length3600 Hours
Starting wageApprentice $17.32 hour/Journeyman $26.64
Benefits for ApprenticesMedical, dental and vision care for work and dependants after 440 hours; pension, Vacation and annuity after 1200 hours
Minimum age18
Education prerequisitesCompleting a pre-apprenticeship program increases
chances for acceptance by approved Laborers JATC
Physical requirementsMust be able to physically perform the work of the trade.
Additional requirementsValid California Driver’s License
Pass a drug test
Applicant must be able to safely
communicate on the jobsite
Written or oral entry examsYes oral exam
Subjects studied by ApprenticesPouring Concrete
Laying Asphalt
Installing Storm Drains, Water Mains & Sewer Lines
Working on Bridges & Driving Tunnels
Laborers Also Perform Many Safety-Related
Duties Such as Flagging & Traffic Control.

Contact:  Northern California Laborers District Councils 1001 Westside Drive San Ramon, CA 94583, Jeff Armstrong, Director of Apprenticeship.

Applications: Complete and submit an application (March 1 – June 30). Mail applications to the address provided. Attend 1-day orientation. Participate in a hands-on skills assessment and be interviewed by a member of the apprenticeship program. Graduates of pre-apprenticeship programs may skip the one-day orientation and may be selected anytime.

How do new apprentices get their first job? Applicants are placed on a list. When new apprentices are needed, applicants are taken from the top of the list or receive “direct entry” if a selected graduate of an approved pre-apprenticeship program.

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