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United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America

The following information is provided as a general overview/guideline and it subject to change. Information as to earnings and benefits should be verified with the trade office in your geographical area as it can vary from province to province.

United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America

101 Constitution Avenue, NW
10th Floor
Washington, DC 20001

Top Officer:
Douglas J. McCarron, General President

Members of the UBC are commercial and residential carpenters, floor layers, millwrights, pile drivers, interior systems carpenters, lathers, cabinetmakers and trade show carpenters. They build forms for concrete and frame buildings, walls, footings, columns and stairs. Carpenters also install doors, windows, storefronts and hand rails, and build cabinets, counter tops and finished stair handrails. Carpenters must read blueprints, measure accurately and calculate dimensions. UBC comprises 1,035 locals, 63 district councils, 21 regional councils, 15 state councils, and 2 Canadian provincial councils.

What do Carpenters Do?

  • Carpenters and Joiners
  • Millwrights
  • Pile Drivers
  • Residential Carpenters
  • Interior Systems Carpenters
  • Lathers and Drywallers
  • Cabinet Makers and Millworkers
  • Floor Layers

What is a Carpenters Apprenticeship Program?

The UBC apprenticeship programs offer life-long careers in the construction industry. A UBC apprentice is someone who learns a trade while working under the guidance of a skilled journey level worker. Apprentices attend 4 weeks of hands-on training per year at one of 180 training centers located throughout the country. Apprenticeship programs are available to anyone who is interested in becoming a UBC apprentice and who is willing to apply him/herself to learning a trade.

How much will I earn?

You earn while you learn the trade. Union journeymen Carpenters wages and fringe benefits are negotiated on their behalf by the union through collective bargaining with signatory contractors. Some apprenticeship programs partner with community colleges to offer college credit for apprenticeship classes.

Wages vary according to the geographic location of the local union. The average starting wage for 1st year apprentices is 40 - 50% of the Journeyman's wage rate plus fringe benefits. Your earnings are adjusted annually to reflect your advancing skills and increasing knowledge of the trade.

What type of work will I do?

Carpenters build all types of structures from office buildings, to shopping malls, factories, and sports stadiums. Residential Carpenters build single unit homes, town homes, condominiums, and apartments. Millwrights install, repair, replace, and maintain all machinery in all types of industrial applications including auto manufacturing plants, steel mills, paper mills and nuclear power plants. Cabinetmakers build and install cabinets, store fixtures, tradeshow displays, doors and windows, and moldings. Pile drivers install the underpinnings for buildings and bridges, build docks and wharfs, and supply commercial underwater divers for a variety of tasks. Floor Coverers install carpet, vinyl, and hardwood on floors and walls. Interior Systems Carpenters build interior walls and partitions with steel studs and apply the finish surfaces to walls and ceilings in commercial and residential buildings. Drywall Applicator Specialists specialize in the application of drywall in commercial and residential buildings. Acoustical Carpenter Specialists specialize in the application of acoustical ceilings in commercial and residential buildings. Lather Specialists specialize in layout, framing, and application of supported and freestanding lath that supports plaster finishes.