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Union Carpenters today work on commercial and public structures such as office buildings, schools, hospitals, stadiums and bridges. This work ranges from single story to high rise and includes foundation and reinforced concrete framing, layout, structural wood and metal framing, timber framing, finish work and fixture installation. Today’s union Carpenter makes good use of modern technology, using computers and lasers as tools of their trade.

Length48 months
Benefits for ApprenticesMedical, dental and vision care for worker and dependants after 400 hours of work plus one month; vacation after 6 months; annuity after 12 months; pension after 24 months
Minimum age18 or 17 with parental consent
Education prerequisitesHigh School Graduate, GED or equivalent,
or verified 6 months full time work experience in a construction related trade,
or graduated from an approved pre-apprenticeship program.
Applicants should have a minimum of 8th grade math skills
Valid California Drivers License
& Reliable Transportation Pass Drug Screen.
Physical requirementsMust be physically able to perform the work of the trade
Additional requirementsApplicants should possess a valid Drivers License
Applicants should have reliable transportation
Written or oral entry examsNone
Subjects studied by ApprenticesFoundations & Floors
Blueprint Reading
Wood Framing
Concrete Formwork
Exterior Finish
Concrete Bridge Building
Interior Finish
Concrete Structures
Layout Instruments
Engineered Structural Systems
Commercial Steel Framing
Commercial Door Hardware
Stair Building
Roof Framing
Welding & Cutting

Contact: Carpenters Training Committee For Northern California, 800 Chadbourne Rd., Fairfield, CA 94534, Octavio Soto, District Coordinator.

Applications:  Mon. thru Fri. 8 am to 5pm @ all Carpenters Training Committee District Offices. Office closed 12 to 1 pm daily. Applications may be printed online or picked up at any Carpenters Local Union Office, Apprentice Training Center or EDD in your area.

How do new apprentices get their first job?  Applicants are placed on a list. When new apprentices are needed, applicants are taken from the top of the list.

Additional information: Carpenters Training Committee For Northern California.

Other allied trades with apprenticeship programs:  See Millwright, Acoustical Installer, Hardwood Floor Layer, Insulator, Scaffold Erector, and Shingle and Pile Driver.