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What are the working conditions and physical demands?

Working conditions will vary according to the weather and the type of work performed.  Laborers will find themselves working outside in the summer heat and winter cold.  Day or evening shifts may be required.  Work is performed at heights, in trenches and sometimes underground.  Rigorous physical activity and heavy lifting are involved.  Travel to remote areas is sometimes necessary.

What is the term of apprenticeship?

The apprenticeship program is designed to achieve journeyman status in approximately tow years.  Apprentices must complete 4000 hours of on-the-job training and 320 hours of related classroom and hands-on instruction over the two-year period.


What is a Laborer?

In construction, Laborers are the first craftworkers to arrive on a project and the last to leave.  Laborers perform heavy highway, building construction, environmental remediation, mining, concrete, demolition and underground utilities using hands, power & pneumatic tools.  Laborers assist other crafts in the performance of their duties as well as having their own job tasks and skills.

​​​​​​​Nature of Work

​​​Apprenticeship Training

Southern Nevada Laborers JATC

4211 East Bonanza Road

Las Vegas, NV  89110

Office:  702-452-9410

Fax:     702-452-9435


1.  You must be at least 18 years of age.  

    a.  All apprentices shall enter into and sign a written Apprenticeship Agreement with the Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee.

2.  The following must be presented when submitting application:

     a.  A high school diploma or its equivalent at time of applying to program.

     b.  Valid Picture I.D.

     c.  Birth Certificate.

3.  At the time of selection be physically able to perform the work of the trade with reasonable accommodations.

4.  Must pass a drug screening test upon selection and cooperate in all subsequent random screening tests throughout the Apprenticeship Program.

5.  At the time of selection, have an understanding; reading, writing, and communicating ability in the English language as would enable the apprentice to perform the tasks of the Construction Craft Laborer in a safe manner and comprehend the subject matter taught in related instruction.

6.  Take a New Entrant Test.

7.  Participate in a personal interview.


What are the benefits to working as a Union Laborer?

Base wage rates for Apprentices start at 50% of the Journeyworkers rate.  Apprentices receive a reduced benefits package on their pension, vacation fund until they become Journeyworkers, but become eligible for health and welfare which includes medical, dental, and vision care after 4 months of work.

Training is an important benefit because it has been estimated that trained laborers work almost 400 hours a year more than the untrained laborer.  Laborers who take advantage of their training center to upgrade their skills are more likely to stay competitive.  Another important benefit is union membership.  Unionized laborers earn approximately $177 per week more on the average than those working without a contract.