Carpentry apprenticeship teaches skills down to the foundation

If you’re willing to work hard and want the opportunity to move up the ranks quickly, this could be the job for you.

Posted: Sep 17, 2019 6:54 PM

EUGENE, Ore. -- It might seem like Eugene is constantly under construction. With new infrastructure, buildings and parks popping up, there are plenty of opportunities for carpenters.

Chambers Construction, which is based in Eugene, hosts an apprenticeship program for people who want to learn what it takes to be a successful carpenter.

The three-year program guides people through all the skill sets they will need to know from roofing, siding, framing -- all the way down to the foundation.

Isaiah Moriguchi is in his third year with the program, and he says anyone could find success in the field.

“I would say if you don’t want to get into debt and you want to make money pretty quickly and move up fast, this is a good place to be,” he said.

He says along with getting on-the-job experience, he is also making money. After the three-year apprenticeship ends, starting wages are around $24 an hour, but you also get paid while you’re learning the trade.

If you’re willing to work hard and want the opportunity to move up the ranks quickly, Moriguchi says this is the job for you.

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