Skilled Trades at Bruce Power

Skilled trades are critical to Bruce Power’s success as Ontario’s low-cost nuclear generator. Central to the operation and life extension of our facilities, Bruce Power encourages those with an interest in the skilled trades to browse the below links.

The Bruce site is home to a number of building and construction trades including Boilermakers, Carpenters – Scaffolders , Electricians, Insulators, Ironworkers, Labourers, Millwrights, Operating Engineers, Painters, Pipefitters/Steamfitters – Plumbers, Sheet Metal Workers, Teamsters and Brick and Tile Layers. Over the last 14 years, Bruce Power developed a strong working relationship with these trades, including the Provincial Building and Construction Trades Council of Ontario, with millions of hours of tradesperson-work being carried out on the Bruce site.

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Building Trades

Building trades support the outage activities on site that are critical to Bruce Power’s long-term operations and the life extension of our units through to 2064.


Boilermakers construct and install boilers, tanks, stacks and other vessels. Expertise in rigging, craning and hoisting is required as boilermakers work with cranes and lifts when installing components. Boilermakers are skilled in the fields of welding and fabrication.

Click here to access the Boilermakers Local 128 webpage.


The carpenter trade includes many aspects of building construction including scaffolding, forming, framing, finishing, renovation where they construct, and renovate and repair structures made of wood, steel, concrete and other materials. They install and assemble furniture in office complexes as well.

Click here to access the Local 2222 Carpenter’s Union Webpage.


Bricklayers erect and install masonry while working with materials such as brick, stone, tile and concrete. Cement finishers and tile layers are represented by the bricklayers union and are responsible for specialized work with various concrete surfacing and tile work.

Click here to access the Local 12 Bricklayers webpage.


Construction electricians plan, assemble, install, alter and verify electrical systems. They install LAN, fibre optic cable, electrical components and overhead power lines. Instrumentation and control technicians measure and control instrumentation, service plant process controls and communications systems.

Click here to access the CUSW webpage.

Click here to access the Local IBEW 804 webpage


Insulators work with different forms of insulation material to prevent or reduce the passage of heat, cold, vapour, moisture, sound or fire. They apply, install, repair and maintain insulation material.

Click here to access the Heat & Frost Insulators Local 95 webpage.


Ironworkers (structural/ornamental) install and reinforce structural/ornamental steel components in commercial, industrial, institutional and large residential buildings, towers, bridges and stadiums. They erect pre-engineered buildings, cranes, hoists, conveyors, handrails, machinery and material handling systems. Ironworkers also install rebar and have knowledge of welding and fabrication.

Click here to access the Ironworkers Local 736 webpage.


Construction craft labourer work tasks include site preparation and cleanup, setting up and removing access equipment, working on concrete and masonry, steel, wood and pre-cast erecting projects, demolition, and compaction/excavation activities.

Click here to access the LIUNA Local 1059 webpage.


Millwrights work on industrial machinery and mechanical equipment. They are responsible for assembling, installing, aligning, maintaining, repairing, troubleshooting, tool calibration, inspecting, dismantling and moving machinery and equipment. Equipment may include mechanical, pneumatic, hydraulic, fuel, lubrication, cooling and exhaust systems.

Click here to access the Millwrights Local 1592 webpage.

Operating Engineers

Operating Engineers can be heavy equipment operators, heavy equipment mechanics or service oilers. Heavy equipment operators are trained to operate and repair power construction equipment, such as bulldozers, cranes, front-end loaders, backhoes, scrapers, motor graders, shovels and derricks. They are responsible for running large pumps or air compressors, fire extinguisher and eyewash station installations.

Click here to access the IUOE Local 793 webpage.


Painters apply decorative and protective finishes in residential, commercial, institutional and industrial settings on a variety of surfaces (wood, masonry, drywall, plaster, concrete, synthetics, stucco and metal) such as paint, coatings, waterproofing, vinyl signage, fireproofing, varnish etc.

Click here to access the Painters and Allied Trades International Union page.


Pipefitters/Steamfitters lay out, assemble, fabricate, maintain, repair and service equipment and piping systems carrying water, steam, fluids, gases, chemicals and fuel in various systems such as heating, cooling, lubricating and process piping systems. They measure, cut, thread, groove, bend, weld, solder, braze, assemble and install metal, plastic and fiberglass pipes, valves and fittings.

Click here to access the UA Local 527 webpage.

Sheet Metal

Sheet metal workers design, fabricate, assemble, install and repair sheet metal products such as HVAC and cladding. They use tools such as power shears, press brakes, drill presses and computerized cutting equipment to cut and shape material. They assemble and join pieces with techniques such as welding and mechanical fasteners.

Click here to access the Local 473 webpage.


Teamsters perform the loading, unloading, receiving and documentation of materials and equipment. They handle the issuing, receiving and delivery of materials and equipment from a warehouse compound, field warehouse, laydown or storage area and the operation of such facilities. The transfer of material by truck/dump truck or forklift from warehouse to warehouse and laydown areas to warehouse is handled by the teamsters.

Click here to access the Local 879 webpage.