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Oregon Apprenticeship Guide
Job Description
Exterior/interior specialists, or interior systems carpenters, work on interior and exterior building surfaces and install equipment and material in commercial buildings such as acoustical ceilings, raised floors for computers, metal framing, wall partitions and office furniture systems. Metal stud and drywall specialists use metal studs instead of wood in commercial high-rise construction because of their superior fire rating. Insulators work with both thermal and sound insulation using many variations of rolled and rigid insulation systems.

Working Conditions
The work is performed indoors and outside, on walls and overhead, sometimes on scaffolding several stories high, using power tools and power lifts. The apprentice must be able to lift 120-pound sheets of drywall.
Beginning apprentices start at approximately 50 percent of the journey-level wage. Upon successful completion of required class work and on-the-job hours, wages increase usually every six months, until the journey-level rate is achieved.
Length of Apprenticeship
The apprenticeship is a three-year program with the opportunity to advance every six months. Apprentices must complete 144 related classroom hours per year and 6,000 on-the-job training hours.
Minimum Qualifications
Apprenticeship applicants must be at least 17 years of age to apply. In addition, they must provide proof of high school graduation or general education development (GED) equivalent. Apprenticeship committees may require additional qualifications.
Apprenticeship Committees 
MA# 1057
OR SW-WA Carpenters JATC
Pacific NW Carpenters Institute
503-287-3708 or toll free 1-877-287-9282
email: ronhansen@pnci.org 
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