Carpenter Apprenticeship Paths

Introduction to the Carpenters’ Apprenticeship Program

Apprenticeship training is the hallmark of Ohio carpenters. When they graduate, they are proven professionals in the most up-to-date theories and methodologies, tools, installation procedures, and safety measures.

Ohio Carpenters’ Joint Apprenticeship and Training Trust

The information about the four carpenters’ apprenticeship programs on this website comes from the Ohio Carpenters’ Joint Apprenticeship and Training Program. The specific training information outlined here is for the Northeast Ohio region. For carpenters’ apprenticeship training information in other Ohio regions, visit the Ohio Carpenters’ Joint Apprenticeship and Training Trust site here

The Ohio Carpenters’ Joint Apprenticeship and Training Program is the training arm of the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners.

Benefits of the Carpenters' Apprenticeship Program

  • All apprenticeship classes, training and associate degree college credit earned during the program are provided at no cost to the student

  • Earn from 60 to 95 percent of the journey-level wage during the apprenticeship program.

  • Wages increase every six months for the length of the program and apprentices also receive benefits during the program.

  • Gain union benefits after 90 days in the program

  • Receive on-the-job training with experienced journeymen

  • Learn from seasoned instructors with years of field experience in their respective fields

  • Pursue a college degree during the apprenticeship program

  • Receive certification in the particular course of study selected

Commercial Carpentry Apprenticeship Training

This training program will teach you to measure, saw, level and in general work with a host of building materials. Your training will focus on becoming proficient with the tools, strategies and cognitive skills needed to build everything from schools, churches and hotels to skyscrapers, hospitals, office buildings and prisons.

What You Will Learn

The Commercial Carpenters Apprenticeship training includes:

  • Power tools, hand tools
  • Introduction to carpentry
  • Safety
  • Concrete form work
  • Interior systems
  • Layout
  • Framing
  • Welding for carpentry
  • Heavy gauge steel
  • Roof framing
  • Interior finish
  • Stair layout

Residential Carpentry Apprenticeship Training

Residential carpentry is a challenging career because of the new building products, new styles, new tools and new technology which go into today’s housing industry. Residential carpenters build homes, apartments, and condos. They assemble and erect the framework of residences, or build partitions, install the flooring and do much of the finish work.

What You Will Learn

The Residential Carpenters Apprenticeship training includes:
  • Rough framing
  • Residential concrete
  • Heavy gauge framing
  • Roof framing
  • Metal framing and drywall
  • Scaffold and fall protection
  • Interior finish
  • Stair construction

Floor Covering Apprenticeship Training

Floorlayers are craftsmen, skilled in the installation of carpeting, hardwood flooring, vinyl composition tile and sheet goods products made of vinyl, linoleum and rubber. Their work includes decorative floor coverings in commercial buildings; the installation of hardwood flooring; and the installation of carpet in both residential and commercial applications. Apprentices are trained in state-of-the-art technologies, materials and techniques, with rigorous instruction focusing on floor preparation, installation and finishing procedures.

What You Will Learn

The Floor Covering Apprenticeship training includes:
  • Basic carpentry
  • Technical math
  • Safety
  • Floor laying concepts
  • Prep work and layout
  • Ceramics
  • Modular tile and rubber base
  • Jute and action back carpeting
  • Wood flooring
  • Sheet goods concept, installation, flash cove and welding
  • Velcro and modular carpeting
  • Geometric layout
  • Woven and Axminster carpeting
  • Unitary and enhancer back carpeting

Millwright /Pile Driver Apprenticeship Training

Millwrights are an elite group of construction workers who work primarily with metal, using machine tools and precision instruments. These skilled construction mechanics can be called upon to work within specifications requiring tolerances to a thousandth of an inch. And that’s just the beginning. The knowledge and skills developed during a millwright apprenticeship serve as the foundation for lifelong learning opportunities.

What You Will Learn

The Millwright/Pile Driver Apprenticeship training includes:

  • Carpentry
  • Carpentry safety
  • Millwrighting
  • Technical Math (degree)
  • Microcomputer applications
  • Heavy rigging
  • Millwright/Pile Driver welding
  • AWS Certification
  • Introduction to Pile Driving
  • Information technology concepts
  • Rotating equipment
  • Machinery installation
  • Shaft alignment
  • Precision optics
  • Overhead floor conveyor
  • Combustion turbine
  • Monorail


View Videos from Career One Stop

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Carpenters Career Video

Architecture & Construction Overview

Construction Laborers Career Video

Millwrights Career Video

Carpet Installers Career Video

More videos are available on the Northeast Ohio Carpenters Joint Apprenticeship & Training Committee Facebook page.

Visit Cleveland Builds  to learn about apprenticeship programs in many other skilled construction trades in addition to these on our website.


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