A carpenter performs all work in connection with the assembly and erection of falsework and forms for concrete, wood and metal frame construction and installs interior and exterior finishing metals for residential, commercial, and industrial projects while conforming to plans and specifications and local building codes. Other trade skills include layout, rigging/signaling, cutting/welding and the erection and dismantling of scaffolding.
The apprenticeship process requires time spent on the job supplemented by in school training. A carpentry apprentice must complete a four-year program including 6360 workplace hours and 840 in-school hours of training completed in four levels of training, each for seven weeks. After completion and achievement of a passing grade, the apprentice will hold the B.C. Certificate of Apprenticeship, B.C. Certificate of Qualification, and the Interprovincial Standard Endorsement also known as Red Seal.
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Program Advisory Committee
- Tony Maida – Chair, Bird Construction
- Chris Backman, Kingston Construction Ltd.
- Randy Callaghan, PCL Construction Westcoast Inc.
- Ian Mackie, City of Vancourver
- Dennis Rithaler, Adera Development Corporation
- Ed Vandermeer, Centra Windows Inc.
- Trevor Van Rumpt, G.Wilson Construction Group
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