Whether you want to work for a building contractor, start your own construction or repair business or just save money on home-building projects, an education in the basics of carpentry and construction will equip you with the skills to follow your chosen career pathway. Even if you have a basic knowledge of construction and carpentry skills, any formal education in the trade improves your degree of craftsmanship.
Learn to read blueprints, take accurate measurements and master the use of construction tools. The term "carpenter" covers a broad scope of work that includes furniture building, hardware installation, shelving, wall-hanging and window installation. Carpenters may do rough framing or fine finished cabinetry work. Contact the Carpenter's Union office in your local area to access apprenticeship programs, workshops and construction classes. For programs in the Midwest, contact the Chicago office of the Carpenter's Union, which has an apprenticeship program offering training and job placement and the ability to earn while you learn. Considered by the building trade to be one of the best programs in the nation, the Chicago Carpenters Apprenticeship Training Program is offered at: chicap.org
Online Educational Opportunities
Explore the possibility of pursuing your education objectives online. An online education can allow students to obtain a quality technical education when time or distance restrict attending classes in a traditional classroom setting. ITT Technical Institute in Indianapolis, Indiana, offers a complete online educational program for those desiring to obtain a Bachelor of Science degree in Construction Management. Contact itt-tech.edu for an application and complete information.
Advanced Training For Journeymen Carpenters
Consider joining the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America. They offer both apprentice and journeyman training programs to educate and equip students with the skills they need to be qualified to work in the carpentry and construction trades.
United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America
9109 Westphalia Road
Upper Marlboro, MD 20774
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