Apprenticeship

  • Earn an income while earning your certifications over 4 years
  • Gain access to career opportunities for highly-trained craftsmen in an economy that desperately needs them
  • Graduate with no debt
  • Take your journeymen card anywhere in the country
  • Get healthcare and pension security

Training sessions take place at 7 facilities across the state of Michigan and throughout the year. Click here to find a training location near you!

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Good wages that will continue to grow

As an apprentice, you will earn while you learn. In most areas, you are even paid by your employer to go to class. As you continue in your apprenticeship and gain proficiency in the trade, you will become more of an asset to your employer, earning progressive pay increases and greater contributions to your fringe benefits.

A bar graph displaying apprentice pay as a percent of Journeyman wages.

This is consistent with the apprenticeship wage schedule for many Michigan contractors, but not guaranteed and subject to your employer’s apprenticeship wage schedule.

A bar graph displaying the benefit of a union as a percent of Journeyman wages.

These wages are from the Bureau of Labor Statistics study of union vs. nonunion wages across the US, specific to the construction/natural resources/maintenance sector: view


What others are saying:

Brandon Reid

“I became a millwright apprentice because I wanted to expand my knowledge. I wanted to take what I know to the next level. Once you acquire your journeyman’s card, it’s respected worldwide. The sky’s the limit when you’re the best at what you do.”

— Brandon Reid, apprentice, Michigan Regional Council of Carpenters and Millwrights

Nicole Maurer

“The apprenticeship is great. It might seem intimidating but the instructors are here to help you. Before this, I was working two part-time jobs. I couldn’t provide for my family. Now, I can.”

— Nicole Maurer, apprentice, Michigan Regional Council of Carpenters and Millwrights

Marcus Moss

“I love being a millwright. I like layout and precision work the best. But you do different things every day. And the instructors have taught me a lot. Every job I’ve been on, everybody’s got each other’s back. It really is a brotherhood.”

— Marcus Moss, apprentice, Michigan Regional Council of Carpenters and Millwrights

Training sessions take place at 7 facilities across the state of Michigan and throughout the year. Click here to find a training location near you!

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Why is this valuable?

Two carpenters examining equipmentCarpenters and millwrights are building Michigan’s future — and you can be part of our union by becoming an apprentice today. The apprenticeship school is a paid, four-year program consisting of practical, on-the-job training and state-of-the-art classroom experience.

What are the benefits?

Workers outdoors on a construction siteMembers receive benefits that are unparalleled in today’s workplace including comprehensive medical and prescription drug benefits. In addition to a good wage and quality healthcare, your employer will continue money to a defined benefit pension AND a defined contribution annuity.

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To speak with a MRCC representative, call 800-899-7865.