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Career Area: Architecture and Construction
Program Number: 50-410-0
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Woodworking and carpentry student building a table

Carpentry allows hands-on creation of materials, tools, furniture, and much more.

Carpentry Careers

Carpenters are generally the most numerous and the occupation, therefore, is considered the key skill in the building trades. New machinery, materials and techniques have decreased the number of carpenter hours required for the average construction project, allowing each individual to produce more in the same amount of time.

A carpenter will: study blueprints, work-sketches, plans and specifications to determine the types of materials and dimensions of the structure to be built; select specified sizes of lumber and building materials to be used; measure and mark proper positions and sizes of materials for use; use measuring instruments like rulers, builders levels, framing squares, calipers and compasses; erect all types of wooden structures; may be required to and must know how to estimate job costs, maintain time records, requisition materials and equipment, inspect and approve carpentry work plus direct other workers.


Recent Wisconsin job postings for this apprenticeship:

  • Carpenter
  • Construction Millwright
  • Resilient Floor Specialty
  • Interior Systems

Average Median Wage



Carpenters construct, erect and repair buildings and other structures made of wood, wood substitutes, steel and other materials. Topics covered during the Carpentry ABC Apprenticeship program include, but are not limited to: wood building materials, fasteners and adhesives; hand and power tools; floor systems; wall and ceiling framing; window and exterior doors; blueprint reading and elevations; site layouts; foundations and flat work; concrete and patented forms; reinforcing, handling and placing concrete; tilt up wall systems; exterior finish; roof framing and applications; thermal and moisture protection; stairs; framing with metal studs; drywall installation; interior finishes; metal building; and welding.

Details and Requirements

  • 4-year training program
  • 5,840 hours on-the-job training
  • 400 hours paid related instruction
  • Additional related instruction may be required
  • Apprentices receive classroom instruction in safety, first aid, blueprint reading, freehand sketching, basic mathematics and different carpentry techniques

Apprenticeship Information

  • Applicants must be at least 17 years of age
  • Meet required norms on aptitude test (if required)
  • Reading, writing, comprehension and communication skills
  • Physically able to perform trade
  • Valid driver's license or reliable transportation

Wisconsin Technical College Carpentry Programs