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abc carpentry apprenticeship


    Program Number: 50-410-9
    School Year: 2019-2020
    Campus: West Bend
    This program is NOT eligible for financial aid

    Work Description

    Carpentry includes residential, commercial and industrial buildings and structures such as bridges and dams. In this trade, you will be involved with layout; concrete forming; wood and metal framing of walls, floors and roofs; window and door installation; and a wide variety of interior and exterior finish applications. You will also learn to use a variety of hand and power tools. Physically demanding indoor and outdoor work with variable weather conditions. Work may involve being below ground or working at various heights.  The carpentry program will include the use of green and sustainable construction practices.

    Application Information

    Application information available at: Associated Builders & Contractors, 800-829-9926 or 608-244-6056; e-mail info@abcwi.org. Applications available online at www.abcwi.org/apprenticeship.

    Application Requirements

    Applicants should be 18 years of age and must forward the following to ABC: (1) completed ABC apprenticeship application, (2) copy of birth certificate, (3) copy of high school transcript or GED, (4) copy of driver’s license, (5) completed Employer Sponsorship Application and (6) ACCUPLACER or GATB test results of medium or high. ACCUPLACER tests are given at Moraine Park testing centers. Call (920-924-3207 or 1-800-472-4554) for ACCUPLACER test appointment scheduling.  Testing is available at Beaver Dam, Fond du Lac or the West Bend campus. GATB tests are given free of charge at local Wisconsin Job Service Centers.

    Training Period

    The apprenticeship consists of four years of not less than 6,416 hours, in which a minimum of 576 hours is spent in paid-related classroom instruction and 120 hours of unpaid-related instruction. First aid, CPR and a 10-hour OSHA safety course are required during the first 12 months of the contract.

    Working Conditions

    A carpenter’s work is active and sometimes strenuous. Prolonged standing, climbing and squatting are often necessary. Routine uses of safety equipment such as hard hats and safety goggles usually protect carpenters from the hazards of construction sites.

    Tools And Equipment

    Carpenters may need to purchase such tools as a hammer, rule, framing square, hand saw and other hand tools. Construction companies usually provide the necessary power tools.

    Approximate Costs

    • $136.50 per credit (resident)
    • $204.75 per credit (out-of-state resident)
    • Online students are not charged out-of-state fees.
    • Please refer to the MPTC Student Handbook for additional enrollment fee information.

    Program Outcomes

    • Explore trade options.
    • Practice construction safety.
    • Operate construction-related tools.
    • Interpret blueprints to construct projects.
    • Apply construction theory to related practices.
    • Demonstrate measurement and layout practices.
    • Identify construction materials and their applications.
    • Investigate and incorporate green and sustainable energy conservation practices.

    Career Opportunities

    • Building Production Sales
    • Cabinet Making
    • Commercial Carpenter
    • Construction Carpentry
    • Estimator
    • Furniture Maker
    • Instructor
    • Pile Driver
    • Remodeler
    • Residential Carpenter
    • Retail Sales
    • Supervisor

    Admission Process

    Visit the Admissions Page for details


     Number  Title  Hrs Crs
    Year 1      
    410-531 ABC Carpentry 1 72 2
    410-532 ABC Carpentry 2 72 2
     Year 2      
    410-533 ABC Carpentry 3 72 2
    410-534 ABC Carpentry 4 72 2
     Year 3      
    410-535 ABC Carpentry 5 72 2
    410-536 ABC Carpentry 6 72 2
     Year 4      
    410-537 ABC Carpentry 7 72 2
    410-538 ABC Carpentry 8 72 2
       Total 576 16

    Required state paid instruction hours - 576

    Suggested Related Electives (unpaid related)
                   Hours and credits for each course may vary.
    410-302 Advanced Roof Framing 36 1
    410-304 Cabinet Making 36 1
    410-305 Advanced Stair Construction 36 1
    410-306 Wisconsin Uniform  Dwelling Code 36 1
    410-307 Construction Measurement and Layout 36 1
    410-311 Construction Trades Blueprint Reading 36 1
    410-406 Your Role in the Green Environment 12 .3
    410-456 Rigging for Building Trades 18 .45
    413-500 *OSHA 10 12 .50
    442-322 Welding for Apprentices 36 1
    455-455 *Transition to Trainer, Your Role as a Journeyworker 8 .20
    531-465 *Heartsaver First Aid/CPR 7 .20

    Other unpaid-related courses may be taken with the approval of the Advisory Committee.


    For apprenticeship application information, please contact a Bureau of Apprenticeship Standards Representative at 920-693-1102.


    Program Guide

    For additional information on program curriculum, prerequisites and general education course options, please contact your advisor.

    Transfer Opportunities

    Check out the Credit Transfers page for more information.

    Additional Information

    *Enrollment may limit the campus availability or delivery of certain courses.

    For co-curricular activities and opportunities related to this program/certificate, click here.