Carpenter Apprentice
Madison, WI Learning Experiences

Apprenticeships combine classroom and hands-on training with on-the-job experience.  They start in the $40,000/year range and offer benefits that may include health insurance, pension contributions, training and vacation funds.  Information on apprenticeships can be found on the State of Wisconsin's Bureau of Apprenticeship Standards' site: 

Your Foundation: By joining the industry, you will have the opportunity to be a part of shaping the growing communities near you.  You will have a rewarding job that offers variety and potential for advancement in your career. 

Carpenters: A day in the life...

  • tasks that involve a lot of physical labor
  • construct or repair building structures using a variety of tools and machinery
  • measure, cut or shape wood, plastic, drywall and other materials
  • follow building plans
  • install exterior finishes
  • build and set forms for footings, walls, slabs, columns, and decks
  • frame interior walls, cabinets and stairs

Your Toolbelt:

  • a high level of physical fitness and stamina
  • enjoyment in practical work
  • working under strict deadlines
  • understanding building plans and instructions
  • good hand-eye coordination
  • comfortable working from heights
  • work as a team with other trades
  • ability to communicate well
  • willing to work in extreme weather conditions
  • flexibility in hours and locations by job