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The United Brotherhood of Carpenters (UBC) represents one trade with many crafts. Members touch every aspect of a construction project from foundation to finish; they’re frequently the first on the job and the last to leave. UBC carpenters build houses, skyscrapers, hospitals, bridges, and more, in all cases providing the skill and experience that can only be developed with union training.

General Carpenter

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General carpenters provide the crucial foundation for concrete, exteriors, roofs, infrastructure, and scaffolding while also crafting fine trim and finish work. These professionals work with a variety of materials in every kind of structure; they are responsible for bringing blueprints to life.

UBC carpenters are skilled in laying out, measuring, cutting, erecting, and joining materials together. They are highly trained to work quickly, accurately, and safely, while delivering the quality of work contractors and their customers have come to expect.

Floor Coverers

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Floor coverers install a wide variety of flooring materials, including carpet, resilients, wood, laminates, and sport surfaces. UBC floor covering professionals are experts at estimating materials, understanding pattern layout, and safely and properly employing the industry’s many tools, adhesives, and fastening systems.

The UBC’s comprehensive training translates into unmatched productivity by UBC members for their employers. Safety, a top priority for every flooring contractor and crew, is a constant element of training. Topics include Occupational Safety and Health Administration certifications, personal and tenant protection, containing contaminants, material handling, and more.

Interior Systems Carpenter

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Interior systems carpenters specialize in assembling complex systems such as acoustical ceilings, computer-access flooring, metal framing, wall partitions, and office furniture. Work sites are typically occupied commercial and public buildings, so these UBC professionals are adept at minimizing disruptions to client operations.

Attention to detail is the hallmark of UBC carpenters. They carefully protect furnishings and adjust schedules to ensure tenants are not inconvenienced. Our interior system professionals solve mid-project challenges, and perform accurate work eliminating lengthy punch lists. UBC members are trained to be productive and professional, resulting in a project done according to what the owners, facility manager, general contractor, and customer expect.


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Lathers build structural frameworks for plaster and other materials, creating such wonders as theme park attractions and ornamental ceilings. While skilled lathers once worked with wooden strips called lath, they now mostly employ wire and metal mesh to create structures of various shapes. UBC lathers provide a vital trade for UBC signatory contractors and their customers.

Millworkers and Cabinetmakers

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Custom architectural millwork requires the work of an expert—a skilled professional who can craft fine woodwork, cabinetry, and décor in commercial, residential, institutional, and retail structures. Cabinetmakers and millworkers fabricate and install decorative and functional elements, including trim and molding, cabinetry, ceiling treatments, doors, windows, exposed columns and beams, displays, mantels, staircases, and more. UBC workers are trained in all these skills, including the proper operation of intricate machinery.

Residential and Framing

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The residential & framing carpenter is an all-around carpenter with experience in nearly every aspect of residential construction. These UBC professionals work expertly and efficiently to assemble and erect the framework of homes, apartments, and condos. A residential and framing carpenter installs flooring, windows, doors, interior trim, cabinetry, roofing, siding, insulation, drywall, and more.

Residential carpentry in the UBC focuses on providing our contractors with experts in new building products and the new styles, tools and technology in today’s housing industry. They are also equipped with state-of-the-art training to ensure maximum productivity and safety on the job.


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Millwrights install, maintain, diagnose, and repair equipment such as compressors, pumps, conveyors, gas and steam turbines, monorails, and extruders. They can be found performing mission-critical work at coal, gas, nuclear, and alternative-energy power plants. Their skills are also vital in industries as diverse as automotive, aerospace, food processing, and pharmaceuticals.

Precision is a critical skill for millwrights, who sometimes work with specifications requiring tolerances to a thousandth of an inch. Ongoing UBC training and skill-enhancement classes ensure members are experts in the use of tools and instruments. Led by a national labor-management committee, the UBC’s millwright program actively seeks additional industry partners to ensure UBC millwrights continue to meet and exceed customer expectations.

Pile Driver

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Pile drivers drive steel, concrete, or wood piling into the earth during the early stages of construction. Skill is crucial to both a project’s success and the safety of workers, since the piling is necessary to hold back the earth during excavations; to set up the foundation of skyscrapers, highways, and bridges; and to build docks and wharfs.

UBC pile drivers are experts in all aspects of this challenging job, beginning with pre-installation inspections of the material and job site using static and dynamic testing. They are skilled at determining load-carrying capacities, gauging hammer performance, and accommodating lateral, compression, or tension loads.

Some pile drivers are also commercial divers, responsible for the underwater construction required by many industries, including construction and power generation.

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