Due to the increasingly technical and extremely varied nature of Construction Craft Laborers' duties, the Laborers' International Union of North America has implemented an Apprenticeship program that is recognized by the United States Department of Labor (USDOL) Bureau of Apprenticeship and Training.

Applicant Requirements:

  • Must be a minimum of 18 years old.
  • May be required to pass a drug test.
  • Must be physically able to perform the work of the trade.
  • Need to have a good attitude and be willing to learn.
  • Need to understand the importance of punctuality and good attendance.
  • Must have reliable transportation.

Length of Program:
Each Apprentice must complete 4000 hours of diversified work, and 400 hours of related classroom and hands-on training. Apprentices with previous related experience or training may be advanced in the program at the discretion of the Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee.

Journeyman Requirments:
To be a Journeyman...

Wages and Advancement:
The Apprenticeship Program** is broken into four incremental periods:

Period On the Job Hours Training Hours Pay Scale *
1 1 hour to 1000 hours 1 hour to 100 hours 75%
2 1001 hours to 2000 hours 101 hour to 200 hours 80%
3 2001 hours to 3000 hours 201 hour to 300 hours 85%
4 3001 hours to 4000 hours 301 hour to 400 hours 95%

  • *Pay Scale is a percentage of the journeyperson scale within the local jurisdiction.
  • *Journeyperson scale for Construction Craft Laborers' is approximately $12.00 to $21.00 an hour depending on the task being performed, and the local jurisdiction.
  • **Requirements for MDOT/OJT program participants vary slighty from those listed here.


Please direct any Apprenticeship questions to:

Scott McDonald
11155 S. Beardslee Road
Perry, MI 48872
(517) 625-4919

What Benefits are Involved With Being a Construction Craft Laborer?

  • Construction Craft Laborers' have great medical, dental and optical insurance. Additionally, Laborers' enjoy an excellent pension plan and an annuity savings plan. Laborers' also contribute to a vacation fund and receive a vacation check annually in the out state area, and bi-annually in the Detroit metro area.

  • Unionized Construction Craft Laborers' earn an average $241.00 a week more than their non-union counterparts.

  • Construction Craft Laborers' may attend a wide variety of specific job training free of charge.