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Job Description

Carpenters build or remodel almost every kind of structure, including houses and commercial buildings, bridges, churches, factories, and highways. They work with power and hand tools to build wood framing for houses, roofs, stairs, decks, and sheaths, and forms for concrete. Carpenters install doors, windows, and handrails, build cabinets, and counter tops. Carpenters perform interior and exterior finish work. They read blueprints, measure accurately, and calculate dimensions.

*Wages (2018 Figures) 

  • Hourly: $27.88
  • Annual: $57,998

Length of Apprenticeship

The apprenticeship lasts four years. Apprentices must complete a minimum of 144 hours per year of related classroom training and a total of 8,000 hours on-the-job training. Beginning apprentices start at 50 percent of the journey-level wage. Upon successful completion of required related class work and on-the-job hours, wages increase, usually every six months, until the journey-level rate is achieved.

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Minimum Qualifications
Apprenticeship applicants must be at least 18 years of age, or 17 with proof of high school graduation or general education development (GED) equivalent. Local apprenticeship committees may require additional qualifications.









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