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
Once contracted to the Lakeshore Area Carpentry Apprenticeship Committee, you will be invited to attend your paid-related instruction at Mid-State Technical College in Wisconsin Rapids. (Note-50% of the classes are in person at MSTC and the other 50% are done through interactive television in a classroom on the LTC Campus)
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.
Approximate costs include tuition ($2,000) and books ($400).
Companies in the LTC district who currently employ carpenters include:
- A. Chappa Construction LLC
- Allstates Rigging Inc.
- Heling Construction Co. LLC
- Mike Koenig Construction Co, Inc.
Upon successful completion of this apprenticeship, you will receive:
- A Certificate of Completion of paid-related Instruction from LTC
- A Certificate of Completion of the Apprenticeship from the Bureau of Apprenticeship Standards
- A Journeyworker card from the Bureau of Apprenticeship Standards
- Eligibility to transfer 39 credits into a Journeyworker Technical Studies Associate Degree
What are the steps to apply?
Ensure that each of the following documents are completed and submitted to:
Lakeshore Technical College
1290 North Avenue
Cleveland, WI 53015-1414
Office Number: 920.693.1279
Fax Number: 920.693.3508
- The Apprentice Application.
- Proof of age (i.e., driver's license, birth certificate, passport).
- Request (Transcript Request form) a high school transcript or equivalent (GED/HSED) to be sent to LTC.
- Complete the Carpentry Entrance Assessment with a score of 70% or better.
Once these items are verified and in the apprenticeship office, you will be scheduled for an advisory committee interview at their next meeting.
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.
You and the employer work with the local Bureau of Apprenticeship Standards - Apprenticeship Training Representative (ATR) to complete an apprenticeship contract. At that time, you and the employer then appear before the committee where the contract is approved.