Job Announcement – Laborer Apprentice – Department of Water Management

Please note these positions are covered by LiUNA Local 1092.

LABORER – APPRENTICE    Job Number: 362420



Department of Water Management

Bureau of Operations and Distribution

Number of Positions: 176 Full-Time Seasonal

These positions are open to the general public and to all current city employees covered under the terms of the City’s collective bargaining agreement with the LABORERS INTERNATIONAL UNION OF NORTH AMERICA – LOCAL 1092 (BARGAINING UNIT #53).   

BID INSTRUCTIONS: Apply on the bid site: AND

1. Check the box on your profile titled “Currently employed by the City of Chicago”

2. Enter your employee ID (located on your pay stub labeled ‘payee/employee number’)

3. Select your correct bargaining unit


These positions are open to the general public and to all current city employees covered under the terms of the City’s collective bargaining agreement with the LABORERS INTERNATIONAL UNION OF NORTH AMERICA – LOCAL 1092 (BARGAINING UNIT #53).   

The City of Chicago has partnered with the Water Pipe Extension, Bureau of Engineering Laborers’ Local 1092 to establish a training program that combines 360 hours of class room training and instruction with 3,800 hours of paid on-the-job training (OJT) and work experience.

Positions attend classroom instruction through the Chicagoland Laborers Training and Apprentice Center, and are not paid by the City for the hours of classroom instruction.

Upon successful completion of the training program, positions are awarded a certificate of completion of the Laborers’ Training Program by LiUNA Local Union 1092. A subcommittee of representatives from Local 1092 and city departments overseeing the training program will certify the completion of all program requirements for each position.


  • Under immediate supervision, receives on the job training and is assigned tasks that will increase his/her knowledge and skills of construction laborer duties.
  • Performs unskilled, physically demanding labor at construction, maintenance, and repair project sites of public facilities or in the public way including streets and roadways, water distribution structures, sewer/drainage structures, bridges, and viaducts.
  • Complete 360 hour formal training program of classroom instruction.
  • Complete 3,800 hours of paid on-the-job training (OJT) under the guidance and direction of a Construction Laborer.
  • Learn how to safely prepare work sites, digging and backfilling trenches and tunnel and shaft excavations.
  • Learn how to safely remove dirt and clear obstructions from around work areas (e.g. catch basins, valve basins, water and electrical vaults, manholes).
  • Learn how to safely set braces and shoring equipment and drive sheeting to support the sides of excavations and prevent cave-ins.
  • Learn how to safely dismantle concrete and masonry retaining and bearing walls.
  • Learn how to safely operate and maintain pneumatic tools (e.g. jack hammers, concrete/pavement breakers, sandblasters, clay spades) in the performance of tasks including breaking out old pavement, curbs and gutters.
  • Learn how to safely use hand tools (e.g. shovels, picks, sledgehammers) in the performance of tasks including removing rock in underground tunnels.
  • Apply knowledge obtained through class room instruction including safety procedures and practices for trenching and excavation; pipe laying; concrete placement and mason tending..
  • Apply skills obtained through classroom instruction including the safe and proper use of pneumatic tools; the building and dismantling of scaffolds; and the safe and proper operation of various construction equipment.
  • Assist Construction Laborers in performance of laborer tasks including loading and unloading materials and equipment from trucks, lifting and placing materials (e.g. pipes, valves, castings) into trenches using pipe sticks, ropes and dollies, and setting up barricades, safety cones, and street plates around work sites.
  • Assist skilled trades workers in readying and supplying needed tools, equipment and materials.
  • Performs related duties as required.

NOTE: The list of essential duties is not intended to be inclusive; there may be other duties that are essential to particular positions within the class. 

Location:  Bureau of Operations and Distribution

Days Off:  Varies

Shift:         Varies

Hours:       Varies

Lunch        ½-hour


NOTE: Positions in Department of Water Management (DWM) will remain seasonal positions after the completion of the two year apprenticeship training program. Positions in DWM will become Career Service as necessary based on an existing union agreement


 Willingness and ability to perform the job duties. Must be at least 18 years of age at the time of application. Successful candidates must pass a drug screen, background investigation, physical and required pre-employment exams.

Licensure, Certification, or other Qualifications

  • A valid State of Illinois driver’s license is required

NOTE: Successful candidates must pass a drug screen, background investigation, physical and required pre-employment exams.  


  • Exposure to outdoor weather conditions
  • Exposure to loud noise, fumes or dust, oily or wet environment
  • Exposure to hazardous conditions (e.g. construction sites, heavy machinery)
  • Work performed above or below ground level
  • Work performed using scaffolds and ladders
  • Heavy lifting (up to 100 pounds) is required
  • Ability to stand and walk for extended or continuous periods of time
  • Ability to quickly bend, stretch, twist, or reach out with one’s body, arms, and/or legs
  • Ability to operate applicable hand tools, power tools, and equipment
  • Ability to access difficult to enter spaces (e.g. trenches, tunnels, cramped quarters)

NOTE: This position requires candidate(s) to complete a Willing and Able questionnaire.  Candidate(s) who affirmatively answer the Willing and Able questionnaire will be evaluated for further consideration.

NOTE: You must provide valid proof of age at time of processing.

NOTE: You must provide your driver’s license, transcripts or diploma, professional license(s), or training certificates at time of processing, if applicable.

CPS GRADUATE PREFERENCE NOTE: The City of Chicago offers a CPS Graduate Preference to high school graduates from the Chicago Public School system.  In order to receive the CPS Graduate Preference, candidates need to indicate whether or not they are a CPS high school graduate by answering “yes” or “no” to the question on the online application that asks, “Are you a high school graduate of the Chicago Public Schools (CPS) and do you want to be considered for this preference?”  In addition, you must attach documentation to verify your high school graduation from a Chicago Public High School.  You must attach a copy of your high school transcripts or diploma from a Chicago Public High School.  Failure to answer the question and attach the required documentation will result in you not being considered for the CPS Graduate Preference.


The City of Chicago is an Equal Employment Opportunity and Military Friendly Employer.

Applications for this position will be accepted until 11:59 pm CDT on 04/08/2022

Unposting Date: Apr 8, 2022, 11:59:00 PM

BU: 53
Salary: $27.54/hour