Having clean water to drink, flushing toilets, steam pipes for heat, or refrigeration lines to cool off, a Pipefitter has been hard at work to make sure everyday conveniences work. These jobs require the installation, remodeling or maintenance of systems that carry water, steam, air and other uses, Pipefitters will measure, cut, bend , weld, braze, caulk, solder, glue or thread various pipe joints on the job site.
Applying insulation to pipes, tanks, boilers, ducts, refrigeration equipment and other surfaces requiring thermal control is the responsibility of the Heat & Frost workers. These workers will manufacture, fabricate, assemble, mold, erect, spray, pour, mix, hand, prep, apply, adjust, alter, repair, dismantle, recondition, test and maintain all types of insulation materials. Whether it needs to stay hot or cold, the members of the Heat & Frost workers are keeping our homes warm in winter and industrial sites materials at optimum temperature for efficiency.
From residential to commercial structures, members of the Bricklayers use various tools to construct fireplaces, brick exteriors, block walls, stone monuments, precast panels in residential and commercials construction. Masonry provides architects and designers artistically pleasing facades while providing necessary fire protecting and structure reinforcement.
From laying down new highways to maintaining power plants, and placing concrete, Laborers construct pipelines and work on all energy infrastructure including fossil, solar and wind. A sample of a day in the life of a laborer could see a member working in and around excavation sites while placing concrete in the footings for a new high-rise. As a hole watch the laborer is responsible for everyone's safety working in a confined space, and as a fire watch they are the first line of defense. Laborers are well trained and cover a wide variety of construction work and have members working everyday to meet the construction needs of the country.
Members of the Roofers Union install new and replace existing roofs using a variety of materials. Roofers install hot built-up and single-ply roofing systems on mostly commercial and industrial structures. Waterproofers install moisture-resistant products on below-grad structures and other surfaces to prevent water intrusion.
Primarily working in industrial settings, Boilermakers build, repair and maintain boilers, tanks, pressure vessels, plate and structural fabrications at various power plants and refineries around the state. The use a combination of acetylene torches, power grinders, various forms of welding, rigging, layout and bolting. When you flip a switch to turn the lights on, it was because a Boilermaker made the system that generates electricity through combustion.
Operators run heavy construction equipment such as cranes, bulldozers, pavers, trench excavators, forklifts and many other kinds of machinery utilized in the construction of dams. airports, schools, hospitals, refineries and power plants.
Carpenters perform various jobs on a construction site such as driving pilings in the ground for a bridge, framing exteriors on houses and buildings, concrete forms for foundations, hanging sheet-rock in hospitals, to installing finish cabinets for desks and kitchens. Additionally Millwrights specialize in welding and fabrication of meticulous machines that need to be precisely installed and tuned to proper performance. A good rule of thumb for a Carpenter is always measure twice, cut once.
Working across several industries, sheet metal workers will fabricate, install and service heating, venting, and air conditioning (known as HVAC) systems. Additionally, in industrial settings, they can install metal roofing, flashing, and stainless steel in kitchens like in a school cafeteria.
Covering several crafts, members of the Painters and Allied Trades responsibilities cover drywall finishing, painting, commercial wallcovering, carpet flooring, glazing (glass work), and sign and display craftsmanship. In N.D, two of the primary industries is industrial coatings in the power plants and refineries and commercial glazing across the state. Being one of the final steps to a building, having a thorough eye is paramount to being a Painter, Taper and Glazer.
Sprinkler Fitters install, repair, maintain, inspect and service fire suppression systems in commercial, residential and industrial projects. Fire sprinklers are a proven way to protect lives and property against fire. Being the only proactive form of fire protection that contain and often extinguish fires before they spread, providing time to escape from danger and first responders time to safely enter the structure.
Raising steel framework and other metal parts for buildings, schools, bridges, dams, factories and skyscrapers is all a part of being an Ironworker. The steel girders and columns that are the skeleton of all structures that will support everything else to a building. Everything that is in a building needs to the structural steel to hold in place.
The electrical trade is a challenging and rewarding occupation. IBEW electricians are involved in all aspects of the electrical industry, including construction, maintenance, and service work in many different settings including utility, industrial, commercial and residential. Our electricians work on a wide variety of electrical systems form the service equipment, lighting and switching, motors and controls as well as phone, data, security and fiber optic systems to name a few.
Elevators, escalators ad moving walkways are all installed, repaired and maintained by elevator constructors. This trade combines elements of electricians, pipefitters, sheet metal workers, carpenters and ironworkers into one highly trained and certified construction worker. From two story office buildings, multiple floor apartments to the North Dakota capitol, an elevator constructor makes sure people can get up and down buildings safely and efficiently.
Bridges, canals, dams, reservoirs, roads and many other engineers feats would be impossible without Cement Masons. When dealing with concrete, the pouring and finishing of sidewalks, interior and exterior floors, steps, basements, curbs and gutters are built by a Cement Mason. Also included are Plasterers who finish interior and exterior walls and ceilings on various forms of construction materials with an ascetically pleasing and dynamic designs.