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What does a Carpenter do?


Just about every building in your community was at least in part, built by skilled carpenters.  Carpenters work with hand and power tools and utilize a variety of materials. They build forms for concrete construction for foundations, bridges, tunnels, Etc. They build wood framed structures including houses, roofs, decks and sheathing.  Carpenters install doors, windows, storefronts, and fixtures.  They build cabinets, countertops and finished handrails. They also do metal framing, drywall and acoustical ceilings.


Carpenters do interior and exterior finish work and utilize skills such as blueprint reading, transit level and laser operations, welding, rigging and scaffold erecting.  Carpenters are involved in new construction as well as remodeling projects. 


Other specialties within the Carpenters Union include Floor Covering, Mill Cabinet Shops, Millwright work and Pile Driving.


Working conditions


Carpentry work is very physical and involves a good deal of standing, climbing, kneeling lifting and bending.  Work is done both indoors and outdoors, depending on the stage and nature of the construction and the type of work being performed. Work conditions vary with each job. Job site locations and conditions may change numerous times during the year.  One day you may be inside where it is warm and dry and the next day you may be outside where it is cold and wet. You could be working 100 feet below ground or 10 stories above the ground. You may need to travel outside your local area to get to the job site.   


You must be in good heath, meet certain strength requirements, be agile and have good hand-eye coordination.  Some jobs are quite strenuous while other such as trim work are less demanding physically but require more accuracy and precision.


What are the Programs specifics?


Length of Program -             8000 hours (8 1000 hour periods)

Related Training -                  144 hours per year

Starting pay -                     50% of journeyman rate (higher with credit for experience)

Fringe Benefits-                  Health Insurance, Pension, Annuity and Training










What do I need to apply? 


Applicants must be 18 years of age or older

High school diploma or G.E.D. required

Be physically able to perform construction work

Complete a placement test and application


Where do I apply?


Connecticut Carpenters Apprentice & Training Fund

            500 Main St.

            Yalesville, CT  06492


            Phone:        203-284-1362

            Toll Free:  877-999-5088

            Fax:                203-265-5279

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            Hours:           7:00 a.m. 3:30 p.m.


            Apprenticeship Coordinator:                      Richard Christ

            Administrative Assistant:                 Sandi Mizenko


Carpenters Local Union Offices:


            Local #24                            Charles Appleby, Pres.  

            500 Main St.

            Yalesville, CT 06492             203-265-6242


            Local #24 New London Office

            597 Broad St.

            New London, CT  06320 860-442-6655


            Local #43                            George Meadows, Pres.

            885 Wethersfield Ave.

            Hartford, CT  06114             860-296-8564


            Local #210                          Glenn Marshall, Pres.

            427 Stillson Rd.

Fairfield, CT  06824             203-846-2003



            Connecticut Carpenters Training:      www.ctcarpenters.net                    

            New England Regional Council:                     www.nercc.org

            United Brotherhood of Carpenters:            www.carpenters.org