Learn About the Different Building Trades to Find a Career & Job Type that Best Fits You
Every building trade offers strong pay, apprentice training, and continued education
Building trade categories
Below you'll find a list of building trade categories, a brief description about the trade, and links to a details page for each building trade. On the details page, you can find contact information, directions, download applications, & more.
Working from blueprints or instructions from supervisors, carpenters first do the layout-measuring, marking and arranging materials. They then cut and shape wood, plastic, ceiling tile, fiberglass, or drywall using hand and power tools, such as chisels, planes, saws, drills and sanders, and then join the materials with nails, screws, staples or adhesives.
Heat & Frost Insulators
Laborers assist other trades workers with various tasks such as cleaning up sites, digging trenches, excavation, tunneling and pipework. They operate various types of equipment including jackhammers, earth tampers, etc.
Painters & Allied Trades
Plasterers (Rock Island)
Plasterers apply plaster to interior walls and ceilings to form fire resistant and relatively soundproof surfaces as well as veneer over drywall to create smooth or textured abrasion resistant finishes.
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