The Union Carpenters and Millwrights Skilled Training Center holds its inauguration

NEGAUNEE TOWNSHIP, Michigan (WJMN) – The Michigan Statewide Carpenters & Millwrights Joint Apprenticeship & Training Center is now accepting apprentices to become skilled construction workers.

The 32,000 square foot training center includes classrooms and meeting spaces. Specialty training areas include training on high-tech optical surveying and measuring equipment and millwright training for high-precision equipment alignment.

“Professional trades will account for nearly 530,000 jobs in the Michigan economy through 2028,” said Susan Corbin, director of the Michigan Department of Labor and Economic Opportunities. “With around 47,000 job openings expected in the state each year during this time. Many of these jobs are well-paying and in-demand career paths. And many of these careers are within reach for Michiganders who complete an apprenticeship or earn a skills certificate or two-year degree. “

One of those millwright apprentices is Kalysta Sormunen and she shares what this new center means to her.

“I’m here because I love my school, I love what I do. I like playing stuff, ”Sormunen said. “I think it’s really rewarding to work on something and to be able to come back and say to people, ‘I did this, I did this.’ The best part about joining trades is that you don’t have to pay for it. College, you pay, you take on a lot of debt. They pay you to learn. They pay you to work for them and it’s really about owning your own career. You do what you want with it. “

Michigan Regional Council of Carpenters and Millwrights (MRCC) apprentices are paid during their apprenticeship, which involves taking classroom courses that include elements of math, science, technology, and engineering, as well as working on field construction projects. Apprenticeships generally last four years.

Apprentices also receive health care and other benefits, including retirement, and can earn $ 19.00 to $ 23.50 per hour to start ($ 40.44 to $ 45.57 total for the salary and benefits). Upon completion of their apprenticeship, Journeyman Carpenters and Millwrights at the MRCC can earn from $ 27.13 to $ 33.63 per hour plus benefits ($ 48.58 to $ 55.66 in total for salary and benefits). social).

Apprentices must be at least 17 years old and have a high school diploma or possess or start working for a GED certificate at the time of application. Applicants for apprenticeship must be US citizens or legal residents of Michigan. Applicants must have a valid Michigan driver’s license and reliable transportation, as apprentices often travel to assignments throughout Michigan. To apply for an apprenticeship, text “FUTURE” to 855 424-2562 or apply online at

“I tell people all the time that a career in construction is great for anyone who wants to learn a skill for life. If this is you, the Negaunee Training Center should be the first stop for any woman or man looking for a challenging career that requires them to use their heads and hands, ”said Donna Pardonnet, program chairperson. joint learning and training of MRCC carpenters and mechanics. Funds. “We are truly excited to help the people of the Upper Peninsula gain the education, skills and training that can make them the best in the construction industry, and we are excited to get down to business. “

Large, multi-million dollar construction projects planned for the Upper Peninsula in the near future include work on the Soo Locks, Island Resort and Casino, Schoolcraft Hospital, Newberry Hospital and the Sports Department of the Bay College, as well as the rebuilding of the YMCA.

Milton S. Rodgers

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