KML Carpenters Local 439

Carpenters construct, erect, install and repair structures and fixtures of wood, plywood and wallboard. They erect framework in buildings, including sub-flooring, partitions and rafters; and install molding, wood paneling, cabinets, windows, doorframes, and doors and hardware. They also build frames for concrete, building stairs and laying floors. Carpenters study blueprints, sketches and building plans, and they layout and cut materials and fasten pieces with nails, screws and glue. Carpenters make up the largest single group of skilled workers in the country.

Interior Systems Carpenters handle the installation of modern equipment and materials in commercial buildings such as acoustical ceilings, raised floors, metal framing, wall partitions and office furniture systems. They assemble complex interior systems using technical data supplied by manufacturers.

Interior systems carpenters work primarily indoors. Sometimes they work at floor level and sometimes they work above the floor on scaffolds.

Lathers create and install support backings of metal lath, pieces of iron or light iron resembling wire netting and solid or perforated gypsum board on ceiling or walls. They devise their own connections and anchorage systems by building a light framework and fastening it securely to the framing.

The lath is then attached by nailing, clipping or tying it. Lathers may work indoors or outside, but they often work in unheated or unventilated areas of new construction. Lathers sometimes have to work in cramped conditions and the work usually involves prolonged bending and stooping.

You can become a carpenter by applying for apprenticeship training with the local labor-management program of the Carpenters’ union and the construction contractors. At the end of four years, the apprentice is granted a Journeyman Carpenter Certificate.

The typical workday for a carpenter begins early. Most of the work is outdoors, although some jobs require indoor work. Carpenters spend a lot of time standing, lifting, carrying, stooping, kneeling, climbing and balancing.

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The Recruitment, selection, employment and training of apprentices shall be without discrimination because of race, color, religion, national origin or sex.  The JATC will take affirmative action to provide equal opportunities in apprenticeship and training and will operate the apprenticeship program as required under Title 29 of the code of federal regulations, Part 30.