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How would i go about getting a job in carpentry

#carpentry I want to become a carpenter but i #airline-industry have a lot of training my future goal is to be a union carpenter

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Dan’s Answer


If you want to be a Carpenter i would suggest reaching out to family and friends and see if they know a good carpenter in your area. Thats how I started. My sisters best friend from High School hired me and basically started me at the bottom of the ladder. I was ambitious and eager to learn and picked it up pretty quick. After just about 2 years one of my coworkers joined the Union as an apprentice. It was not the job path for me as I wanted to move to more of a project management role. My friend is still a union carpenter and has enjoyed his long career. I wish you the best of luck. Its very rewarding to see something that you actually built you will enjoy it.

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James’s Answer

Jump on every chance to practice your craft, even if it seems like an insignificant task. One option you may not have considered is scenic carpentry (for stage, movies, etc) I’ve worked in scenic carpentry in both educational and regional theatre. It’s interesting because carpenters can actually be called upon for some complex construction tasks... on some productions we had fine finishing and even metalwork to do. With a little experience scenic carpenters do have the opportunity to be invited into entertainment technician’s unions. Talk to your regional professional theatre about their scene shop and your experience potentially for a foot in the door!

James recommends the following next steps:

Ask community members who carpenters are in the area
Take pictures of your projects and work! That will build a portfolio.
Start doing projects, even if they’re on your own or small (or helping a family member or neighbor build or fix furniture)
Think where else carpenters might be needed.
Contact a local theatre- they always need someone with carpentry expertise.

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Matt’s Answer

Since you are in NJ, perhaps contact the local the UBC chapter in your area and they may advise you and may have apprenticeship programs.

For example, UBC chapter in Edison, NJ provides some information on their website https://local254.org/careers/.

I also find an apprentice there is an apprentice program in Edison, NJ via https://www.ncatf.org/become-an-apprentice/ so there might be something similar in your area.