Pile Driver

Job description

piledriverIncludes the assembly and breakdown of all piledriving equipment, including cranes. Much climbing on leads is necessary, which can be as high as 100 feet. Job often includes heavy lifting, torch cutting and welding.





Apprenticeship program

Applications for this program are accepted on a year-round basis. Applicants must apply in person. Applications will be accepted from 9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. weekdays except over the lunch hour on the above days.

L. J. Shosten Union Training Center

1295 North Hunting Valley Road
St. Paul, MN 55108
(651) 646-7337 or (888) 650-3422

Contact Person
Paul Trudeau

Program includes 8,000 hours of on-the-job training and a minimum of 144 hours of related-training each year. Additional information on program procedures will be given at the time of application.


  • Must be 17 years of age or older.
  • Must have a high school diploma or a GED Certificate of Equivalency.
  • Must be a citizen of the US, or be in the process of receiving naturalization.
  • Must be capable of learning and performing the work of the trade.

Selection procedures

Applicants who meet all the qualifications will be individually interviewed and rated by the Joint Apprenticeship Committee. Each applicant will be notified in writing as to when and where to appear for their interview.

The average of the individual scores received by each applicant, as a result of his/her interview, will be that applicant's final score. The final score will determine the applicant's position on a list of eligibles. Placing the applicant with the highest score first on the list, and placing each applicant in a descending order according to their final score.

The date of each approved candidate's interview will determine his or her date of entry into the two-year eligibility pool. After the approved list is prepared, the committee is free to meet and decide upon the number of apprentices to be accepted into the program. Those taken into the program will be notified of their acceptance.

More Information

Tools Needed

Worker is expected to provide a 12-inch crescent wrench, 25-ounce straight-claw hammer, pliers, 12-foot tape measure, 2-foot square, and 2-foot level. Starting costs are approximately $175.

Transportation Requirements

Worker must provide own transportation.


Eight (8) hours daily from 7:00 AM until 3:30 PM. Some days, workers may start as early as 5:30 AM in order to avoid having to work during the hottest parts of the day.

Union Dues

Hiring is done through the hall only. There is an initiation fee and monthly dues.

Contact Us

Pile Drivers Local 1847
C/O District Council of Carpenters and Joiners
720 Olive St.
St. Paul, MN 55101

Apprenticeship Coordinator
Paul Trudeau