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Union Pile Drivers construct the heavy foundations for buildings, factories, and other large structures. They are experts in marine construction, building projects such as docks, piers, and bridges. Some specially trained Pile Drivers also work underwater as construction deep-sea divers.


Length48 months
Benefits for ApprenticesMedical, dental, & vision care for worker and
dependants after 3 months; vacation after 6
months; annuity after one year; pension
between 25 and 30 months
Minimum age17
Education prerequisitesHigh School Graduate, GED or equivalent, or 6 months
experience (documented) in the construction industry or 6
months in an approved pre-apprentice program
Physical requirementsMust be physically able to perform the work of the trade
Additional requirementsValid California Drivers License
Reliable Transportation
Pass Drug Screen
Written or oral entry examsNone
Subjects studied by ApprenticesRigging
Concrete & Formwork
Introduction to Pile Driving Land & Water
Aerial Lifts
Advanced Pile Driving Land & Water
Wharfage & Marine Structures
Intro to Structural Blueprints & Layout Instruments
Bridge Building & Advanced Structural Blueprints
Shoring & Heavy Timber Framing

Contact: Carpenters Training Committee For Northern California 800 Chadbourne Rd. Fairfi eld, CA 94534. Octavio Soto District Coordinator.

Applications: Mon. thru Fri. 8 am to 5 pm at all Carpenters Training Committee District Offices. Office closed 12 to 1 pm daily. Applications may be printed online or picked up at any Carpenters Local Union Office, Apprentice Training Center or EDD in your area.

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.

Additional Information: Carpenters Training Committee For Northern California.