How to Join
Construction is an ever evolving industry. From new techniques to new materials, our union and our members are able to adapt to meet and even anticipate those changes. The current industry revolves around complex subcontracting relationships with contractors who specialize in certain aspects of construction. Carpenters and affiliated trades workers in the union work for contractors that provide a variety of work. Our members are among the most well-trained and highly-skilled in the industry.
The UBC represents one trade with many crafts. Our members touch nearly every aspect of a construction project; they’re frequently first on the job and the last to leave. Carpenters work on institutional, residential and commercial projects utilizing their skill and experiences, which are enriched by the comprehensive training programs made available to every union member.
Carpenters make up the largest single group of skilled workers in the country. To be a carpenter is to be a member of one of the oldest and most respected trades in the world.
If you are a skilled carpenter with experience working in the trade you may be eligible to join a Local Union as a journey level worker. The NERCC recommends you contact and join the Local Union nearest your home. You can find contact information for the Local in your area by using the “Find Your Local Union” search function at the top of the screen.
Training for a Career as a Union Carpenter
Few programs are as important to the construction industry as training, and no one trains carpenters like the United Brotherhood of Carpenters. For over 100 years, the UBC has developed and improved training programs to develop well-rounded, skilled crafts workers who have built America. The New England Carpenters Union offers a 4-year apprenticeship program created to thoroughly develop the talents and skills of up-and-coming carpenters. The apprenticeship program is a combination of classroom learning and job site employment. Apprentices attend classes for 1 week every 3 months at the New England Carpenters Training Center in Millbury, MA. Apprentices also learn the trade by working under the guidance of skilled workers, called journeymen. By completing the nearly 6,000 hours of work experience required to graduate from the apprentice program and become a journeyman you will become the best, most well trained, well rounded and most desirable candidate available for employment in this industry.
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