Carpenters Apprenticeship

Woman carpenter workingApprenticeship Program - Carpenters

Trade Coordinator: Tim Mosterdyke
Phone: (503) 256-7300 / (800) 309-1442

Apprenticeship Opportunities Statewide

Job Description
Carpenters build or remodel almost every kind of structure, including houses and commercial buildings, bridges, churches, factories and highways. They build wood framing for houses, roofs, stairs, decks and sheaths, and forms for concrete. They perform interior and exterior finish work.


  • H.S. Diploma with a 2.0 GPA or GED score of 230/2300
  • Minimum of one year of high school algebra with a grade of 'C' or better (or equivalent). Equivalent may be one term of College Algebra Math 60 and 65 or Math 70 with a grade of 'C'.
  • Must be at least 18 years of age

*Local apprenticeship committee may require additional qualifications.

Working Conditions
Carpentry work is physically demanding and involves a good deal of standing, climbing, kneeling, lifting and squatting. Work conditions vary with each job, either indoors or outdoors, and could include working either 100 feet below ground or on 100-foot-high scaffolding. The location of the job site generally changes several times during the year. Carpenters must be in good health, agile, and have good hand-eye coordination.

Minimum Journey-level Wage
$22.22 per hour

Recommended High School or College Courses

  • Trade Skills Fundamentals
  • Introduction to Advanced Technology
  • Welding
  • Construction classes
  • Algebra I & II
  • Drafting/CAD
  • Geometry
  • Architecture
  • Trigonometry
  • Blueprint Reading
  • CPR/First Aid

Related Training
The apprenticeship agreement combines both the on-the-job experience and classroom related training instruction over two to four years. A minimum of 144 hours of related training per year is recommended.

Associate of Applied Science Degree - ** Catalog Listing

Lane's AAS degree in Construction Trades General Apprenticeship can be earned once a student meets the requirements for both related training and general education.