Start your career in the skilled trades

In today’s world, many believe the only way to find a fulfilling career is to attend a 4-year college or university. But that isn’t the right path for everyone. The skilled trades offer an alternative. Rather than going to college for a 4-year degree, tradespeople can enter the workforce after high school and complete job-specific training through an apprenticeship program. During your apprenticeship, you’ll earn money while you learn—both on the job and in the classroom.

Why we need the trades

In the construction industry, there’s one thing we can never get enough of. Skilled labor. We need it on every project. But finding the carpenters, electricians, plumbers and other trades workers we need seems to get harder every day.

Part of the problem is perception. Many people don’t think as highly of “blue collar jobs.” But the truth about the trades is that they’re incredibly important in our lives and in our society. There’s nothing “lower class” about them—the trades are fulfilling jobs that require creativity, intelligence and problem-solving skills. They’re always in demand. And they pay well, with great benefits.

If you are interested in starting your career in the trades with Boldt, please contact your local union hall for hiring opportunities.

Check out this video to hear a few stories about working in the trades at Boldt. 


Here’s more about the skilled trades we hire at Boldt:

Skilled trades industry
Trade Salary Education & Training

Boilermakers

Boilermakers are expert welders and riggers who fabricate, install and repair boilers, closed vats and other large vessels or containers that hold liquids and gases. Boilermakers often work on complex systems in heavy industrial environments, such as power generation facilities, chemical plants, steel mills, mines, refineries and paper mills.

Union: International Brotherhood of Boilermakers

National Average Salary:

  • Entry Level: $46,660
  • Average: $59,860
  • Experienced: $87,320

Education & Training:

  • 4- or 5-year paid apprenticeship
  • Paid classroom and on-the-job training

Bricklayers

Bricklayers lay bricks, pre-cut stone, concrete blocks, structural tile and other types of building blocks in mortar to construct and repair walls, foundations, partitions, arches and other masonry structures.

Union: International Union of Bricklayers & Allied Craftworkers

National average Salary:

  • Entry Level: $37,180
  • Average: $55,900
  • Experienced: $65,270

Education & Training:

  • 3-year paid apprenticeship
  • Paid classroom and on-the-job training

Carpenters

Carpenters are the largest group of building trade workers in the United States. They provide the crucial work of bringing blueprints to life on most every type of structure you’ll find. Carpenters lay out and frame walls and roofs, hang interior and exterior walls, install doors, windows, acoustical ceilings, cabinetry, countertops and trim, and perform detailed finishing work.

Union: United Brotherhood of Carpenters

national average Salary:

  • Entry Level: $30,350
  • Average: $45,740
  • Experienced: $53,440

Education & Training:

  • 4-year paid apprenticeship
  • Paid classroom and on-the-job training

Cement Masons

Cement masons pour wet concrete into forms, then level, smooth and finish the cement to create a flawless surface. They work on a variety of projects, from floors and patios, to dams and entire roadways. Cement masons may also color concrete surfaces, expose aggregate (small stones) in walls and sidewalks, or make concrete beams, columns, and panels.

Union: Operative Plasterers’ and Cement Masons’ International Association

national average Salary:

  • Entry Level: $29,690
  • Average: $36,760
  • Experienced: $64,250

Education & Training:

  • 3- or 4-year paid apprenticeship
  • Paid classroom and on-the-job training

Electricians

Electricians plan, install, connect, test and maintain the electrical systems that power a building. That includes lighting, machines, motors, heaters and air conditioning, refrigeration, communications systems—anything that needs electrical wiring.

Union: International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers

national average Salary:

  • Entry Level: $37,150
  • Average: $53,310
  • Experienced: $61,390

Education & Training:

  • 5-year paid apprenticeship
  • Paid classroom and on-the-job training

Insulators

Insulators apply and secure materials that insulate pipes and ductwork on mechanical systems like boilers, hot water heaters, refrigeration and HVAC to control and maintain temperatures. They also insulate cold water systems to prevent condensation, perform asbestos and lead mitigation or abatement, and install fire, smoke and noise barriers.

Union: International Association of Heat and Frost Insulators and Allied Workers

national average Salary:

  • Entry Level: $33,390
  • Average: $42,990
  • Experienced: $87,210

Education & Training:

  • 4-year paid apprenticeship
  • Paid classroom and on-the-job training

Ironworkers

Ironworkers raise, place and unite steel to form completed structures or structural framework. They also place reinforcing bars for concrete, move machinery, rig equipment and install fabricated building components. Welding fabrication and other precise metalwork are also common.

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

national average Salary:

  • Entry Level: $37,430
  • Average: $55,700
  • Experienced: $64,830

Education & Training:

  • 4-year paid apprenticeship
  • Paid classroom, shop and on-the-job training

Laborers

Construction Craft Laborers work on all types of construction projects. Laborers build and repair roads, highways, bridges and tunnels. They clean up hazardous waste sites, construct buildings and support other trades by making sure any materials and equipment needed on the job site are where they need to be. Laborers also drill and blast site areas, build and take down scaffolds, prepare and clean work sites, lay pipes, place concrete, control traffic and remove materials from buildings.

Union: Laborers’ International Union of North America

national average Salary:

  • Entry Level: $24,310
  • Average: $38,680
  • Experienced: $45,860

Education & Training:

  • Paid apprenticeship program
  • Paid classroom and on-the-job training

Millwrights

Millwrights assemble, install, maintain and dismantle machinery in facilities like manufacturing and industrial plants. They unload, inspect and place equipment, then assemble it according to layout plans, blueprints and drawings. Millwrights fit bearings, attach motors, connect belts, and align gears and wheels—all with precision leveling and alignment to exact tolerances.

Union: United Brotherhood of Carpenters/Millwrights

national average Salary:

  • Entry Level: $39,640
  • Average: $50,460
  • Experienced: $74,540

Education & Training:

  • 4-year paid apprenticeship
  • Paid on-the-job and related classroom training

Painters and Finishers

Painters prepare surfaces for painting and apply paints, stains, varnish and other finishes to buildings and other structures. Drywall Finishers (or tapers) prepare unfinished interior drywall panels for painting by spreading joint compound over a paper tape between two hung drywall panels to cover seams and imperfections.

Union: International Union of Painters and Allied Trades

national average Salary:

  • Entry Level: $25,000
  • Average: $38,440
  • Experienced: $45,170

Education & Training:

  • 3- or 4-year paid apprenticeship
  • Paid classroom and on-the-job training

Plumbers

Plumbers design, install, repair and maintain piping systems for waste, vents, potable water, storm water, wastewater treatment and gas systems (propane, medical and natural gas). Plumbers also assemble, install, maintain and repair pipes, fittings, fixtures and appliances.

Union: United Association

national average Salary:

  • Entry Level: $41,180
  • Average: $63,620
  • Experienced: $74,850

Education & Training:

  • 5-year paid apprenticeship
  • Paid classroom and on-the-job training

Roofers

Roofers replace, repair and install the roofs of buildings using a variety of materials, including shingles, bitumen and metal. They inspect and replace damaged joists or plywood on existing roofs, install vapor barriers or layers of insulation, and precisely cut and align roofing materials to create a weatherproof surface.

Union: United Union of Roofers, Waterproofers & Allied Workers

national average Salary:

  • Entry Level: $30,000
  • Average: $35,760
  • Experienced: $58,381

Education & Training:

  • 3-year paid apprenticeship
  • Paid classroom and on-the-job training

Sheet Metal Workers

Sheet metal workers assemble, install and repair sheet metal products and equipment either in the shop or out on the job site. They fold, bend, straighten, cut, shape, solder and weld sheet metal to create products for various duct and ventilation systems, architectural features like roofs and siding, and specialized metal fabrication, such as signs, refrigeration units, sinks and countertops.

Union: International Association of Sheet Metal, Air, Rail and Transportation Workers

national average Salary:

  • Entry Level: $35,070
  • Average: $52,270
  • Experienced: $60,880

Education & Training:

  • 5-year paid apprenticeship
  • Paid classroom and on-the-job training

Steamfitters

Steamfitters lay out, assemble, fabricate, troubleshoot, maintain and repair piping systems which carry water, steam, chemicals, compressed air, liquids, gases or fuel used in energy production, heating, cooling, food processing, manufacturing, lubricating and other process piping systems.

Union: United Association

national average Salary:

  • Entry Level: $41,180
  • Average: $63,620
  • Experienced: $74,850

Education & Training:

  • 5-year paid apprenticeship
  • Classroom training paid for by union

Teamsters

In the construction setting, Teamsters drive vehicles and machinery, such as dump trucks, belly trucks, fuel trucks, water trucks, cement trucks and road repair equipment. They transport and haul material, merchandise, equipment and personnel to various job sites or locations. Teamsters also load, secure and unload materials, and perform maintenance and repairs to their trucks as needed.

Union: International Brotherhood of Teamsters

national average Salary:

  • Entry Level: $34,282
  • Average: $39,520
  • Experienced: $52,166

Education & Training:

  • 3-year paid apprenticeship
  • CDL training program
  • Classroom and on-the-job training