Scope of Work - Laborers work jurisdiction is divided into four general categories: Commercial – the laborer may tend mason, place concrete, work with operators in site preparation, tend carpenters, clean up site; Highway – the laborer will lay sewer and water mains, check road grade for operators, place concrete and asphalt, break and remove old concrete;  Underground  - the laborer works as a pipe layer, tailman, top man while installing sewer, water and gas mains;  Industrial construction – involves all new construction, remodeling and demolition in factory type buildings.  Laborers must have common knowledge of all work performed by building tradespeople, for they are the tenders or helpers in the industry.  They are called upon to operate and maintain power tools such as a chainsaw, tamping machine, concrete vibrator, chipping hammer, cutting and burning, demolition, the use of explosives, mixing for and tending of bricklayers and plasterers, installing sewers, cribbing and sheeting.


Working Conditions - Laborers are exposed to all weather conditions.  Sometimes they are called upon to work at heights and also depths, sometimes hundreds of feet underground on subways, tunnels and storage reservoirs.  In their work, there is much bending, walking, standing, lifting and carrying.


Apprenticeship Requirements


Length of Program -  Apprenticeship requires 4,000 hours of diversified work and training, no less than 400 hours of related instructional classes.


Requirements – Applicants must be a minimum of 18 years old and pass a drug test.  Applicants must be physically able to perform work of the trade.  Completion of 80 hours pre-apprenticeship training. No entrance requirements, but several courses require math and reading skills.  Oral testing may be used in place of written testing if requested by the student.


The MI Laborers Training Center offers several specific training programs for their members.  Occasionally, a non-member may receive "New Start" training at the request of a Local Union or a Union Contractor.  Training is on-going, available as needed/as desired.


Michigan Laborers’ Training and Apprenticeship Institute

Lynn Coleman, Director

11155 South Beardslee Road

Perry, MI  48872

(517) 625-4919

FAX (517) 625-4046



Michigan Laborers’ Training and Apprenticeship Institute

Lynn Coleman, Director

Tim Stein, Site Manager/Instructor

W-8008 South US 2

PO. Box 163

Iron Mountain, MI 49801

(906) 774-5703

FAX (906) 774-4478


Territories Covered: All Counties of the Upper Peninsula.



Michigan Laborers’ Training and Apprenticeship Institute

Lynn Coleman, Director

Greg Taylor, Site Manager/Instructor

5555 Cogswell

Wayne, MI 48184

(734) 729-7005

FAX (734) 729-8792