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Apprenticeship: Carpentry Pile Driver (ACPD)

​​Division of Business and Career Technical Education
Elizabeth Arteaga​​​
Phone:(714) 628-4883

Apprenticeship: Carpentry​ Pile Driver

The Associate of Science degree and Certificate of Achievement in Apprenticeship Carpentry Pile Driver are designed to provide the required related and supplemental classroom instruction in the technical skills and knowledge required in the trade. Pile drivers work with pile-driving rigs--those big machines that look like cranes, but shake the ground as they drive metal, concrete or wood piling into the earth during the early stages of construction. Usually, pile drivers are the first workers at the construction site. They drive metal sheet piling to hold back the dirt during excavations. They drive concrete and metal piling as part of the foundation system upon which skyscrapers are built, and they drive wood and concrete piling to hold up docks, wharfs and bridges. In some cases they work on off-shore oil rigs and as commercial divers involved in underwater construction. Pile drivers are also required to install heavy timbers and weld or cut large metal beams. Successful completion may result in journeyworker status. Interested apprentices should contact the Carpentry Apprenticeship Committee and the Apprenticeship Office at Santiago Canyon College.