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Pile Drivers & Commercial Divers Local 578

Members of the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America
"Proud to be a Pile Driver/Commercial Diver"
Local 578

PILE DRIVER                     


Job Description
Pile drivers work with pile-driving rigs that drive metal, concrete or wood piling into the earth during the early stages of construction. They are usually the first workers at a commercial job site. They drive metal sheet piling to hold back dirt during excavations, drive concrete, metal and wood pilings as part of the foundation system for skyscrapers and drive wood and concrete pilings to hold up docks, wharves and bridges. Some may work on offshore some may work as commercial divers involved in underwater construction. Pile drivers work with a variety of hand and portable power tools, and frequently cut, join and fasten metal construction materials using welding equipment and oxy-acetylene torches.
Working Conditions
Pile driving work is very physical and involves climbing, kneeling, lifting and squatting. Work is done inside and outside, depending on the construction. Travel is often required. Pile drivers work where it is warm and dry, cold and wet, and at depths of 100 feet below or above ground.

Beginning apprentices start at 50 percent of the journey-level wage. Upon successful completion of required class work and on-the-job hours, wages increase once a year on the anniversary date, until the journey-level rate is achieved. See Appendix A for specific wages.
Length of Apprenticeship
This apprenticeship lasts four years. Apprentices must complete a minimum of 120 related classroom hours per year and 8,000 on-the-job training hours.
Minimum Qualifications
Apprenticeship applicants must be at least 18 years of age. In addition, they must provide proof of high school graduation or general education development (GED) equivalent.

ARE YOU INTERESTED IN BECOMING A PILE DRIVER FOR LOCAL 578?  E-Mail:  Local578@carpentersunion.org , your resume and current contact information.