Construction Carpenter Apprenticeship

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*Statistics retrieved from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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What Does a Carpenter Do?

Carpenters layout, construct; erect; install, repair, remodel, renovate or dismantle structures, fixtures, and temporary fixtures including scaffolding. Carpenters work with materials of wood; structural steel; light gauge steel; plastics; fiber; cork and composite. Carpenters set and install concrete forms; building frameworks that include partitions; joists; rafters; wood and concrete stairways; windows; doors; door frames; architectural hardware; fixtures; sheathing; roofing; hardwood floors; cabinets; countertops; interior trim; siding; drywall and insulation. Carpenters perform all interior and exterior finish work and are able to interpret blueprints; measure accurately; calculate dimensions; estimate materials and are effective in oral and written communication. They must have the ability to read and interpret blueprints, specification books, and schematics supplied by manufactures and architects. Carpenters must also coordinate and schedule work with other trades. The use of basic carpenter tools, optical equipment, lasers, mechanical tools, rigging and welding is also needed.

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What Are the Working Conditions?

Carpenters may work indoors and outdoors in various weather conditions requiring prolonged standing, climbing, kneeling and squatting. The work is physically demanding and may be performed in awkward positions, including heights and confined spaces. Must be able to travel and have the ability to work flexible hours.

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How is the Training Structured?

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What are the Application Requirements?

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What Skills Should I Possess?

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Who Should I Contact In My Area?

Northeast

Committee Name Contact This Committee: OR Contact Your BAS Representative:
ABC of Wisconsin 5330 Wall St.
Madison, WI 53718
Phone: (608) 244-6056
Fax: (608) 244-2401
Burt Harding

Ben Stahlecker

Central Wisconsin Area Carpentry JAC 500 32nd St N
Wisconsin Rapids, WI 54494
Phone: (715) 422-5375
Fax: (715) 422-5377
Ben Stahlecker
Fox Valley/Lakeshore Area Carpentry JAC N2218 Bodde Rd
Kaukauna, WI 54130
Phone: (920) 766-1515
Fax: (920) 766-7050
Lisa Perkofski
Green Bay Area Carpentry JAC N2218 Bodde Rd
Kaukauna, WI 54130
Phone: (920) 766-1515
Fax: (920) 766-7050
Burt Harding
Wausau Area Carpenters JAC 1630 County XX
Rothschild, WI 54474
Phone: (715) 355-0800
Fax: (715) 355-0807
Ben Stahlecker

Northwest

Committee Name Contact This Committee: OR Contact Your BAS Representative:
ABC of Wisconsin 5330 Wall St.
Madison, WI 53718
Phone: (608) 244-6056
Fax: (608) 244-2401
Kathy O'Sullivan
Central Wisconsin Area Carpentry JAC 500 32nd St N
Wisconsin Rapids, WI 54494
Phone: (715) 422-5375
Fax: (715) 422-5377
Ben Stahlecker
Eau Claire Area Carpentry JAC mailing address:
2302 West Cameron St.
Eau Claire, WI 54703
Travis Ludvigson
Wausau Area Carpenters JAC 1630 County XX
Rothschild, WI 54474
Phone: (715) 355-0800
Fax: (715) 355-0807
Ben Stahlecker

Southeast

Committee Name Contact This Committee: OR Contact Your BAS Representative:
ABC of Wisconsin 5330 Wall St.
Madison, WI 53718
Phone: (608) 244-6056
Fax: (608) 244-2401
Sandy Martin

Sandy Destree

Lakeshore Area Carpentry Advisory Committee 1290 North Ave.
Cleveland, WI 53015-1414
Phone: (920) 693-1279
Fax: (920) 693-3508
Sandra Destree
Madison Area Carpentry JAC 5202 Monument Ln
Madison, WI 53704
Phone: (608) 241-0960
Fax: (608) 241-0930
Debbie Schanke
Southeast WI Area Carpentry JAC N25 W23055 Paul Rd, Suite 3
Pewaukee, WI 53072
Phone: (262) 574-6995
Fax: (262) 574-6994
Bob Scheldroup

Southwest

Committee Name Contact This Committee: OR Contact Your BAS Representative:
ABC of Wisconsin 5330 Wall St.
Madison, WI 53718
Phone: (608) 244-6056
Fax: (608) 244-2401
Kathy O'Sullivan

Mary Harrington
La Crosse Area Carpentry JAC 2421 Larson St.
La Crosse, WI 54603
Phone: (608) 788-6240
Fax: (608) 788-6250
Kathy O'Sullivan
Madison Area Carpentry JAC 5202 Monument Ln
Madison, WI 53704
Phone: (608) 241-0960
Fax: (608) 241-0930
Debbie Schanke

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Additional Resources

The United States Bureau of Labor Statistics maintains information on all occupations. For more information on the Carpentry trade in the United States, visit:

http://www.bls.gov/ooh/construction-and-extraction/carpenters.htm

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Sources: Bureau of Apprenticeship Standards Position Descriptions,
Apprenticeship in Wisconsin Handbook