Careers In Construction
Carpenters (Updated May 2009)
Four (4) years. Apprentices average 144 hours per year in the classroom.
Carpentry offers a choice of a number of specialties including: construction, mill-cabinet, flooring, millwright, pile-driver, interior systems and lather. Each of the specialties listed above require special training. Therefore, individuals must choose what program to enter.
Length of Apprenticeship:
General Carpentry Apprentices begin by going to Pre-Apprenticeship training for nine weeks.
Apprentices are required to attend five consecutive classroom days per quarter for the entire program.
Apprentices must also obtain on-the-job training by working for union contractors throughout the term.
Must be at least 17 years old.
1st year: 40% of journeyman wage
2nd year: 50% of journeyman wage
3rd year: 65% of journeyman wage
4th year: 80% of journeyman wage
Journeyman Level: 100% of journeyman wage
Health and Welfare, Pension. (These benefits are accrued during on-the-job training.)
Must have an original Social Security Card.
Must complete two years (eight credits) of required high school study which meets graduation requirements in an accredited high school or possess a G.E.D. Certificate.
Must reside in Cook, DuPage, Grundy, Iroquois, Kane, Kankakee, Kendall, Lake, McHenry or Will Counties.
Must be physically fit to work as a carpenter.
Must pass an aptitude test that measures vocabulary, arithmetic ability and reasoning power.
Individuals meeting the basic requirements listed above must be recommended by one of the following referral agencies:
Carpenters work in all types of weather elements.
Recommended Preparatory Classes:
Algebra, geometry, sketching, drafting, science and wood shop classes.
(Helpful, but not necessary for acceptance.) Experience working in any hands-on carpentry situation.
Must be physically fit to perform the job of carpenter with no restrictions.
1) The Illinois Department of Employment Security Apprenticeship Information Center.
2) A union contractor.
3) A local carpenters union.
being contacted by the program, the individual must fill out an application. (Applications are available Monday Friday from 9:30 am4 pm during specific application periods. Call for more information.) NOTE: At the time of application, the candidate must meet all basic requirements and all required documents must be presented.
Take and pass the aptitude test as scheduled.
Attend mandatory orientation session.
Will, Chicago and Northeast Illinois District Council of Carpenters Apprentice & Training Program
1256 Estes Avenue
Elk Grove Village, Illinois 60007
Phone: (847) 640-7373