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Oregon Apprenticeship Guide
Job Description
Carpenters build or remodel almost every kind of structure, including houses and commercial buildings, bridges, churches, factories and highways. They work with power and hand tools to build wood framing for houses, roofs, stairs, decks and sheaths, and forms for concrete. Carpenters install doors, windows and handrails, build cabinets and counter tops. Carpenters perform interior and exterior finish work. They read blueprints, measure accurately and calculate dimensions.

Working Conditions
Carpenter work is very physical and involves standing, climbing, kneeling, lifting and squatting. Carpenters must be in good health, agile and have good hand-eye coordination. Work conditions vary with each job.
Beginning apprentices start at 50 percent of the journey-level wage. Upon successful completion of required related class work and on-the-job hours, wages increase, usually every six months, until the journey-level rate is achieved. See Appendix A for specific wages.
Length of Apprenticeship
The apprenticeship lasts four years. Apprentices must complete a minimum of 144 hours per year of related classroom training and a total of 8,000 hours on-the-job training.
Minimum Qualifications
Apprenticeship applicants must be at least 18 years of age, or 17 with proof of high school graduation or general education development (GED) equivalent.
Local apprenticeship committees may require additional qualifications.
Apprenticeship Committees 
503-287-3708 or  877-287-9282
email: johnschraner@pnci.org
web:  www.pnci.org/index.lasso
MA# 1074 Oregon-Columbia Carpenters
503-256-7300 or 1-800-309-1442
email: info@nwcoc.com 
web:  www.nwcoc.com
Area 1, 2, 3
MA# 3038 Lane County Carpenters
503-256-7300 or 800-309-1442
email: info@nwcoc.com 
web:  www.nwcoc.com
Area 3
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Go to the Apprenticeship Opportunities Statewide.

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