Scope of Work - Carpenters measure, saw, level and nail wood and other building materials.  They install tile and insulation, acoustical ceiling, cabinets, siding and much more.  They work with many tools and materials to build houses, erect skyscrapers, construct bridges, tunnels and highways.  Carpenters make up the largest single group of skilled workers in the country. Work includes rough and finish carpentry, forms for concrete work and many other specialties.  Completion of apprenticeship program may qualify for credit hours toward Construction Technology Degree Program at Henry Ford Community College.


Working Conditions - The typical workday for a carpenter begins early.  He/she is often on the job site with a tool box before daybreak and he/she is hard at work before the sun is high in the sky.  Much of the work is outdoors, but modern construction methods have eased the problems of the summer's heat and the winter's cold.  The average carpenter usually wears a hard hat, tough, durable work clothes and safety shoes or sturdy high-top shoes.

Apprenticeship Requirements


Length of Program - 4-year apprentice program, classes one day every two weeks.


Requirements - Must have high school diploma or GED prior to completion of program.  Prefer strong math skills, especially shop or vocational math, or geometry.  Drug testing required.

Go to the school to apply, take diagnostic test (general math, reading, English skills) and  interview.  School will supply list of employers. Contact them to seek employment (at office or jobsite).  Then provide letter from employer to get into program.


Courses Required - Mathematics for Carpentry, Basic Prints, Tool and Material Handling, Builders Level & Transit - Stationary Power Equipment, Footings and Foundations, Floor and Wall Framing, Roof Framing, Interior Trim, Stair Building, Laminating Formica, Column and Deck Framing, Metal Studs and Drywall, Blueprint and Estimating, Cutting and Arc Welding, Exterior Trim, Demountable Partitions, Advanced Math, Advanced Roof Framing, Advanced Interior Trim, Advanced Stair Building, Advanced Millwork, Scaffold Training.


Special Classifications - Commercial and Residential, Pile Drivers, Resilient Floor Layers, Millmen, Lathers.


Michigan Regional Council of Carpenters

Detroit Carpenters Joint Apprenticeship Training Center

George Gillis, Director

1401 Farrow

Ferndale, MI  48220

(248) 541-2740

FAX (248) 541-1660



Michigan Regional Council of Carpenters

Michigan Carpenters Apprenticeship & Training Fund

David Poletis, Out-State Michigan Training Director

23401 Mound Rd.

Warren, MI  48091

(586) 756-3610

FAX (586) 756-0376



Michigan Carpenter Apprentice Training Center

David Sincissen, Instructor Coordinator

3160 Commerce Centre Dr.

Saginaw, MI  48601

(989) 755-5856

FAX (989) 755-5859



Michigan Carpenter Apprentice

Jose Sanchez, Instructor Coordinator

681 Dart Road

Mason, MI  48854

(517) 676-4101



Michigan Carpenter Apprentice Training Center

David Sincissen, Instructor Coordinator

2410 Industrial Street

Grayling, MI  49738

(989) 348-8542

FAX: (989) 348-9292



Michigan Carpenter Apprentice Training Center

Carles Hicks, Instructor Coordinator

4880 126th Ave.

Fennville, MI   49408

(269) 561-8115

FAX: (269) 561-8125



Michigan Carpenter Apprentice Training Center

Robert Goodson,Instructor Coordinator

1221 Division Street

Marquette, MI  49855

(906) 225-0703

FAX: (906) 225-1160