CARPENTER

Drywall Finisher

Drywall finishers seal joints between plasterboard or other wallboards, mix sealing compound, press paper tape over joints to embed tape into compound and seal joints, or tape joints using mechanical applicators that spread compound and embed tape in one operation. They sand rough spots after compound dries, fill cracks and holes in walls and may apply texturing compound and primer to walls and ceilings preparatory to final finishing, using brushes, roller, or spray gun. They may countersink nails or screws below the surface of walls prior to applying sealing compound,
using a hammer or a screwdriver.

SELECT AN APPRENTICESHIP LOCATION

United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America

Local 41
Step 1: Verify Eligibility

Required Qualifications
  • 17 years of age
  • Physically able
  • High School diploma/GED
  • Valid, government issued I.D.
  • Must pass drug screen test
Step 2: Apply
Apply
  • Review trade descriptions (may apply for multiple trades)
  • Apply online
    * Veterans
    can apply through Helmets to Hardhats for fast-track to apprenticeship.
  • Provide copies of resume, DD-214, and any certification
  • Attend Trade Orientation Hands on Assessment with math test
  • Complete interview
Applicant Pool
  • Placed in pool of eligible applicants
  • Ranked based on work history, training, and veterans preference
  • Placed on ready to dispatch list
Step 3: Start with local 41
Apprenticeship
  • 6,000 hours / 3 years on-the-job training
  • Minimum of 160 hours of education each year through local Training Facility
Wages
  • Start at 50% of current journeyperson’s rate.
  • Gain 6-8% pay increase after every 1,000 hours of on-the-job training (approx. 6 months) plus required schooling.
  • Full 100% journeyperson’s pay after completing the program.
Starting Hourly Base Rate:
$20.76 + Benefits + Optional Housing Allowance
Housing allowance can be found using the GI Bill® Comparison Tool

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United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America

Local 129
Step 1: Verify Eligibility

Required Qualifications
  • 17 years of age
  • Physically able
  • High School diploma/GED
  • Valid, government issued I.D.
  • Must pass drug screen test
Step 2: Apply
Apply
  • Review trade descriptions (may apply for multiple trades)
  • Apply online
    * Veterans
    can apply through Helmets to Hardhats for fast-track to apprenticeship.
  • Provide copies of resume, DD-214, and any certification
  • Attend Trade Orientation Hands on Assessment with math test
  • Complete interview
Applicant Pool
  • Placed in pool of eligible applicants
  • Ranked based on work history, training, and veterans preference
  • Placed on ready to dispatch list
Step 3: Start with local 41
Apprenticeship
  • 6,000 hours / 3 years on-the-job training
  • Minimum of 160 hours of education each year through local Training Facility
Wages
  • Start at 50% of current journeyperson’s rate.
  • Gain 6-8% pay increase after every 1,000 hours of on-the-job training (approx. 6 months) plus required schooling.
  • Full 100% journeyperson’s pay after completing the program.
Starting Hourly Base Rate:
$20.76 + Benefits + Optional Housing Allowance
Housing allowance can be found using the GI Bill® Comparison Tool

SEARCH SCHOOL NAME: SPECIALTIES TRAINING CENTER

United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America

Local 146
Step 1: Verify Eligibility

Required Qualifications
  • 17 years of age with High School diploma/GED or  18 years of age
  • Valid, government issued I.D.
Step 2: Apply
Apply
  • Review trade descriptions (may apply for multiple trades)
  • Apply at local Training Facility
    * Veterans
    can apply through Helmets to Hardhats for fast-track to apprenticeship.
  • Provide copies of resume, DD-214, and any certification
  • Attend Pre-hire class
  • Complete interview
Applicant Pool
  • Placed in pool of eligible applicants
  • Ranked based on work history, training, and veterans preference
  • Placed on ready to dispatch list
Step 3: Start with local 146
Apprenticeship
  • 6,000 hours / 3 years on-the-job training
  • Minimum of 144 hours of education each year through local Training Facility
Wages
  • Start at 64% of current journeyperson’s rate.
  • Gain 6% pay increase after every 1,000 hours of on-the-job training (approx. 6 months) plus required schooling.
  • Full 100% journeyperson’s pay after completing the program.
Starting Hourly Base Rate:
$23.63 + Benefits + Optional Housing Allowance
Housing allowance can be found using the GI Bill® Comparison Tool

SEARCH SCHOOL NAME: OREGON SW-WA CARPENTERS JATC

Calculate Starting Pay With GI Bill ®

Estimated Wage Calculator

All calculations based on a 160 hours/month work schedule.

*Contact union local for updated wage information.

GI Bill Usage Breakdown:
100% – 1-6 months
80% – 6-12 months
60% – 12-18 months
40% – 18-24 months
20% – 24-30 months
*Usage Optional
Eligible veterans in an approved Apprenticeship Program can use their GI Bill® benefit and receive a tax-free stipend on a monthly basis. The Post 9/11 GI Bill® stipend is the equivalent of the Monthly Housing Allowance (MHA) of an E-5 with dependents (based on the zip code of the training facility) which is paid addition to normal wages. Refer to the chart below to understand how Post 9/11 GI Bill® benefits are paid, or consult the VA website www.benefits.va.gov/gibill (Link) to see how other VA chapters are paid for Apprenticeship Training.