Piledrivers, Bridge, Dock Builders & Divers Local 2520             

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1972                   2005                  2017

What is a Piledriver?


How is the Training Structured?

4 year training program

5,200 hours on-the-job training

576 hours (minimum) unpaid related instruction

Apprentice must attend all classroom training when required by the pile driver training coordinator

Apprentice shall be taught the use, care and effective handling of all tools and apparatus commonly used in connection with the trade of piledriver.

Apprentice shall be given a thorough knowledge of all different kinds of material commonly used in connection with the trade and use of each kind in construction.

Apprentices receive classroom instruction in safety, first aid, blueprint reading, freehand sketching, basic mathematics and different piledriving techniques.


What are the Application Requirements?
Applicants must be at least 18 years of age

High school diploma or equivalent

Drug and alcohol free

Physically able to perform trade

Have the ability to obtain a valid driver's license.

Have the ability to obtain a Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC Card)


What skills should I possess?

Building and construction knowledge - knowledge of materials, methods, and the tools involved in the construction or repair of docks and bridges. Carpentry, welding, rigging or commercial diving experience or training.

Design knowledge - knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.

Mathematics - arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.

Mechanical - knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.

Engineering and technology - knowledge of the practical application of engineering science and technology. This includes applying principles, techniques, procedures, and equipment to the design and production of various goods and services.

Reading comprehension- Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work-related documents.

Speaking - talking to others to convey information effectively.

Problem sensitivity - the ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.

Arm-hand steadiness - the ability to keep your hand and arm steady while moving your arm or while holding your arm and hand in one position.

Deductive reasoning - the ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.

Oral Comprehension - the ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.

Strength - the ability to use your abdominal and lower back muscles to support part of the body repeatedly or continuously over time without 'giving out' or fatiguing.




How to join

 Call for application

(907) 344-1541

Email for application

Application fill-able

Application pdf

Apprentice log in


The United States Department of Labor maintains information on apprenticeships. For more information visit:

United States Department of Labor


Military and Veterans may be eligible for Direct Entry, call the school and talk to the coordinator, first visit Helmets to Hardhats


High School - Vocational School students may be eligible for "Direct Entry" into our apprenticeship. Ask your instructor if your school has an agreement with us.


The JATC may grant credit towards the term of apprenticeship to new apprentices who demonstrate previous acquisition of skills or knowledge equivalent to that which would be received under our Standards.

Success Stories

STEP 2005

STEP 2010

Sisters in the Brotherhood

Alaska Works Partnership

Seward 2013


The Piledrivers, Bridge, Dock Builders and Divers Local 2520  do not discriminate in practices or employment opportunities on the basis of an individual's race, color, national or ethnic origin, religion, age, sex, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, veteran status, disability, or any other proscribed category set forth in federal or state regulations.