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Apprenticeship Carpentry-Acoustical Tile, Drywall/Lather, Drywall Finisher, Plastering

Program Information

Acoustical installers work primarily with ceiling systems that are installed in commercial buildings for sound control. Not only are these ceilings designed to reduce or control the noise level but also serve as a great way to improve the look of the building. These ceilings are hung with wires from the structure above to the metal grid system below. After the grid system is secured, panels are laid into place effectively covering up the framing, electrical and mechanical equipment as well as the structure above. The panels come in many different configurations, designs, and textures to improve on the aesthetics of the building. Panels may be easily removed at a later date to allow for quick access to any equipment.

Drywall/Lathers install metal stud framing, drywall, and lath according to layout plans, blueprints, and specifications. They frame and construct walls and ceilings to the necessary height and dimensions. They use hammers, electric screw guns, electric drills, electric saws of all types, laser leveling and plumbing devices, tape measures, utility knives, powder actuated tools, arc welders, electric routers, and electric door planners that are needed to complete the construction for the interior/exterior of a building including the heavy gauge framing and application for the exterior of the project.

Drywall Finish (taper) carpenters are responsible for completing the final monolithic smooth surface to gypsum board walls and ceilings. All joints and interior angles will have tape embedded in joint compound as well as fastener heads and trim accessories. The surface will be smooth and prepared for drywall primer prior to the application of finish paint.

Plastering is both a skilled craft and an art. It has been applied to temples built centuries before the Egyptian pyramids. Plastering is applying various wet materials over surfaces on both exterior and interior walls, ceilings and other surfaces in the construction industry. The plaster will adhere to a surface and harden, preserving any form and texture imparted to it while still pliable.

These Apprenticeship Training Programs are three-year programs. The apprentice must furnish his/her own tools and be working as an indentured apprentice. Employment within the trade depends upon a willingness to work and available work in the industry. Apprentices are also required to attend daytime college credit related and supplemental instruction for two weeks, 40 hours per week, every six months.

Successful completion of the apprenticeship program: (1) leads to journeyworker status with the State of California; (2) satisfies major requirements for an associate degree through Santiago Canyon College; and (3) satisfies requirements for a Certificate of Achievement through Santiago Canyon College.

Application Information

In order to indenture into the apprenticeship program (become an apprentice) a person must:
  1. Be at least seventeen (17) years of age. There is no upper age limit.
  2. Have a job offer with an approved contractor. Applicants may wish to contact a Local Union or Training Center (see list below) in advance for information regarding the availability of jobs and prospective contractors who may be in need of an apprentice.
  3. Complete a written application seeking entry into the program.
  4. Obtain a "Letter of Subscription" signed by an approved contractor. A "Letter of Intent" on company letterhead will also suffice in lieu of the "Letter of Subscription."
  5. Return the completed "Letter of Subscription" or "Letter of Intent" to one of the above locations.
  6. Upon indenture, the apprentice will be required to sign an apprenticeship agreement and will receive a copy of the rules and regulations. If the applicant is seventeen (17) years of age, he must have a parent or a guardian sign the apprenticeship agreement.
  7. Register in and attend daytime training classes, in addition to on-the-job training.
  8. Furnish your own hand tools and have reliable transportation to school and work.

Written applications are accepted at the following locations:
Carpenters Local Union 2361
7111 Firestone Blvd.
Buena Park, CA 90621
714-978-236
Buena Park Training Center
7111 Firestone Blvd. #137
Buena Park, CA 90621
714-571-0449
Ventura Training Center
412 Dawson Drive
Camarillo, CA 93012-8088
805-482-1905
Ontario Training Center
3250 E. Shelby St.
Ontario, CA 91761
909-824-9033
Sylmar Training Center
15885 Valley View Court
Sylmar, CA 91342-3579
818-364-7460
Whittier Training Center
10015 Rose Hills Road
Whittier, CA 90601-1792
562-699-0419

Contact Information

Southwest Carpenters Training Fund
Buena Park Training Center
7111 Firestone Blvd. #137
Buena Park, CA 90621
714-571-0449 FAX 714-571-0747
Email: bptc@swctf.org
Website: www.swctf.org