Carpentry Apprenticeship

About the Career
Architects create ideas and develop plans for buildings–carpenters turn ideas and plans into homes, offices, stores–all the structures in which we live, work and play. The Carpentry Apprenticeship program is an employer–sponsored, hands-on training program under the supervision of a joint apprenticeship committee. If you're detail-oriented; good at following directions; and enjoy working with your mind, hands, and tools to build things, becoming a journey-level carpenter could be a very rewarding career choice for you. According to U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics, job opportunities for carpenters are expected to be plentiful well into the next decade. The outlook is best for those with solid, all-around carpentry skills.

About this apprenticeship

View and print Functional Ability Statement of Understanding for this apprenticeship

2014-2015 Program Courses

Hours
The Carpentry Apprenticeship requires 6,240 work hours- 5,840 on the job and 400 in paid related instruction. In addition, 120 hours of unpaid related night school is required.

Wages
To get an idea of current wages in the construction trades, visit www.newbt.org. You can get an idea of what other LTC program graduates are paid by reviewing the LTC graduate follow up survey.

Costs
Approximate costs include tuition ($1,800) and books ($490).

Employers
Companies in the Manitowoc/Sheboygan area that have employed carpenters in the past include:

  • A. Chappa Construction LLC
  • Bartow Builders
  • Hamann Construction
  • Mathes Seamless Gutter Systems Inc.
  • Mike Check Builders, Inc.
  • Schneider & Schneider Construction LLC
  • Ten Haken Carpentry

Upon successful completion of this apprenticeship, you will receive:

  1. A Certificate of Completion of Paid Related Instruction from LTC
  2. A Certificate of Completion of the Apprenticeship from the Bureau of Apprenticeship Standards
  3. A Journey-Worker card from the Bureau of Apprenticeship Standards
  4. Eligibility to transfer 39 credits into a Journey-Worker Technical Studies Associate Degree.

What are the steps to apply?

Step 1:
Ensure that each of the following documents are completed and submitted to:

Apprenticeship Office
Lakeshore Technical College
1290 North Avenue
Cleveland, WI 53015-1414

Office Number: 920.693.1279
Fax Number: 920.693.3508

Email: nancy.bruckschen@gotoltc.edu

  1. The Apprentice Application.
  2. Proof of age (i.e., driver's license, birth certificate, passport).
  3. The Transcript Request form showing a high school diploma or equivalent.
  4. Complete the Carpentry Entrance Assessment with a score of 70% or better.

Step 2:
Once these items are verified and in the apprenticeship office, you will be scheduled for an advisory committee interview at their next meeting.

Step 3:
If everything is in order, you will be issued a Letter of Introduction from the committee. You'll use this letter to apply for work in the trade. You must have a sponsoring employer before receiving an apprentice contract and being invited to school.

Step 4:
You and the employer work with the local Bureau of Apprenticeship Standards- Apprenticeship Training Representative (ATR) to complete an apprenticeship contract/indenture. At that time, you and the employer then appear before the committee where the contract is approved.

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