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What is a Carpenter?

Carpenters build or renovate everything from homes, schools, churches and hospitals to malls, airports, skyscrapers and highways. To be a professional carpenter is to be part of the of the oldest and most respected trades in the world.

Carpenters are responsible for bringing an architect’s blueprints to life by working with wood, fiberglass, metal, vinyl, plastic and other materials to create the interior and exterior of structures. They know their way around a toolbox, power tools, and machinery. 


Training Required

  • Power tools, hand tools
  • Introduction to carpentry
  • Safety
  • Concrete form work
  • Cabinetry
  • Interior systems
  • Layout
  • Framing
  • Welding for carpentry
  • Heavy gauge steel
  • Roof framing
  • Interior finish
  • Stair layout

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What is a Millwright?

Millwrights are an elite group of construction workers who work primarily in metal and with machinery and equipment requiring precision. Every industry requires millwrights, such as energy, pharmaceutical, refinery, automotive, nuclear, manufacturing, transportation, postal service, and food processing.

They install, maintain, diagnose and repair industrial machines that usually cost millions of dollars. Work is done on compressors, pumps, conveyors, monorails, extruders, turbines and mining equipment using hand and power tools, including welding equipment.

Millwrights may adjust a machine’s calibration just the width of a human hair and increase that machine’s productivity by 20 percent! They know their way around a toolbox, power tools, and machinery. They also know that working safely is the top priority all day, every day. 


Training Required

  • Carpentry
  • Carpentry safety
  • Millwrighting
  • Technical Math (degree)
  • Microcomputer applications
  • Heavy rigging
  • Millwright/Pile Driver welding
  • AWS Certification
  • Introduction to Pile Driving
  • Information technology concepts
  • Rotating equipment
  • Machinery installation
  • Shaft alignment
  • Precision optics
  • Overhead floor conveyor
  • Combustion turbine
  • Monorail

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What is a Floor Coverer?

Floor coverers work in everything from shopping malls, banks, office buildings and courtrooms, to schools, hospitals, hotels, and theaters.

They are responsible for installing all types of flooring materials including carpet, laminates and vinyl, wood, and sports surfaces. Work is often done based on specifications of architects and interior designers.

Floor layers are good at estimating materials and understanding pattern layouts. They also know the safe and proper use of many types of tools, adhesives, and fastening systems.

If you like working with tools, if you like seeing your work produce immediate results, and if you have a good work ethic, you have the fundamental tools to build the career of a lifetime. 

Training Required

    • Basic carpentry
    • Technical math
    • Safety
    • Floor laying concepts
    • Prep work and layout
    • Ceramics
    • Modular tile and rubber base
    • Jute and action back carpeting
    • Wood flooring
    • Sheet goods concept, installation, flash cove and welding
    • Velcro and modular carpeting
    • Geometric layout
    • Woven and axminster carpeting
    • Unitary and enhancer back carpeting



    INSTALL is a comprehensive training and certification program for its floor covering installers, and a marketing program for its alliance members.

    The curriculum used to teach INSTALL floorcovering professionals is created by the United Brotherhood of Carpenters’ International Training Fund, and is delivered via classroom and hands-on training over four years. Content stays current with emerging trends, such as best practices in occupied healthcare facilities, green building awareness, and sustainability. Core skills are taught in carpet, resilients, hardwood, artificial turf, and much more.

    A 12-member International Labor-Management Committee for the Floor Covering Industry, representing more than 400 years of experience, steers the INSTALL program. Labor representatives are members of the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America. INSTALL constantly teams with leading mills and manufacturers to make sure that what is being taught reflects current labor needs in the floor covering industry.

    INSTALL Certified Installers are confident, proud of their training and professionalism and take pride in their work. They are trained to maximize productivity so that contractors remain profitable and competitive in the industry.


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    What is an Interior Systems Specialist?

    Interior systems carpenters are specialized workers who install construction materials and a variety of factory-produced systems in healthcare facilities, commercial buildings and public structures. These professionals assemble complex interior systems that meet fire code, sound ratings, and architectural features specified for the project. They are trained to contain pathogens and contaminants during healthcare facility work.



    What is a Pile Driver?

    Pile drivers work on pile-driving rigs that are large machines that resemble cranes. Work can include driving concrete and metal piling as part of a foundation system, or driving wood and concrete piling to hold up docks and bridges. Others can be found on offshore oilrigs and as commercial divers in underwater construction.