Serving Madison & Surrounding Areas


DEKTEX Carpenter Apprenticeship Program Information

About 32 percent of all carpenters- the largest construction trade- were self-employed. Job opportunities should be best for those with the most training and skills. Between 3 and 4 years of both on-the-job training and classroom instruction usually is needed to become a skilled carpenter.

*Statistics retrieved from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.


Carpenters layout, construct, erect, install, repair, remodel, renovate or dismantle structures, fixtures, and temporary fixtures including scaffolding. Carpenters work with materials of wood; structural steel; light gauge steel; plastics; fiber; cork and composite. Carpenters set and install concrete forms; building frameworks that include partitions; joists; rafters; wood and concrete stairways; windows; doors; door frames; architectural hardware; fixtures; sheathing; roofing; hardwood floors; cabinets; countertops; interior trim; siding; drywall and insulation. Carpenters perform all interior and exterior finish work and can interpret blueprints; measure accurately; calculate dimensions; estimate materials and are effective in oral and written communication. They must have the ability to read and interpret blueprints, specification books, and schematics supplied by manufactures and architects. Carpenters must also coordinate and schedule work with other trades. The use of basic carpenter tools, optical equipment, lasers, mechanical tools, rigging and welding is also needed.


Form Building and Rough Framing, including: form building (floors, beams, joists, wall columns, stairs, etc.) rough framing (floor framing, decking, railing construction, wall framing, metal studs, drywall application, roof framing, rough framing for stair work, scaffold building, etc. Experience to be furnished in both house and heavy construction work.)
Exterior Finishing, including: application of cornice and outside wall trim, setting door and window frames and trim, roof coverings, etc.
Interior Finishing and Hardware, including: installation of jambs, doors, windows, cabinets, countertops, casework, paneling and stairs. Application of all architectural trims, moldings, casings, applique’s', etc. Installation of door, window and cabinet hardware.
Interior Systems, including: installation of drywall, insulation, acoustical ceilings, moveable partitions, access panel systems, fixture work, owner-supplied equipment, etc.
Miscellaneous, including: Scaffolding, welding, care and maintenance of tools and equipment, demolition, or any other manipulative process not listed or implied elsewhere.


Carpenters may work indoors and outdoors in various weather conditions requiring prolonged standing, climbing, kneeling and squatting. The work is physically demanding and may be performed in awkward positions, including heights and confined spaces. Must be able to travel and can work flexible hours.

How is DEKTEX Carpenter Apprentice Training Structured?

  • 4-year paid training program
  • 6-year total DEKTEX commitment
  • 6,240 hours on-the-job training
  • 400 hours paid related instruction
  • 250 hours unpaid related instruction
  • Apprentice must, during their first two years, complete Red Cross First Aid and CPR Training courses.
  • Apprentice must in his/her final year complete the Transition-To-Trainer course.

What are the Application Requirements?

  • Applicants must be at least 17 years of age
  • High school diploma or equivalent
  • Meet required norms on aptitude test (if required)
  • Physically able to perform trade
  • Valid driver's license or reliable transportation

What Skills Should I Possess?

  • Mathematics- Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry and their applications.
  • Extent Flexibility- The ability to bend, stretch, twist, or reach with your body, arms, and/or legs.
  • Finger Dexterity- The ability to make precisely coordinated movements of the fingers of one or both hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble very small objects.
  • Near Vision- The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
  • Static Strength- The ability to exert maximum muscle force to lift, push, pull, or carry objects.
  • Arm-Hand Steadiness- The ability to keep your hand and arm steady while moving your arm or while holding your arm and hand in one position.
  • Trunk Strength- The ability to use your abdominal and lower back muscles to support part of the body repeatedly or continuously over time without 'giving out' or fatiguing.
  • Stamina- The ability to exert yourself physically over long periods of time without getting winded or out of breath.


Decks, Docks, Outdoor Spaces: Madison and Surrounding Area


Income: $30,000.00 Per Year to $60,000.00 Per Year

To ensure that the very best people will join our first-class team, we offer qualified candidates the following incentives:

  • A competitive wage.
  • Bonus compensation and incentives.
  • Health Insurance incentives
  • The opportunity to grow and advance within an existing company.
  • Fast track educational opportunities for 4-year journeyman paid education.
  • State-of-the-art instruction and sequential systematic approach.

Duties and Responsibilities of the Job: Driven to be a leader. Provide unrivaled customer service by meeting and exceeding our customers’ expectations for quality, service and unsurpassed value.  Self-driven to develop professional and personal goal base. Tasked to understand general construction knowledge in deck and dock construction. Must be able to commute to site locations.  

Available Hours Per Week: 40-50 Hours Per Week

Recommended Hours/Days: (8am-6pm (Mon-Thur) 8am-1pm (Fridays) Weekends Available

Education: High School Diploma/HSED

Professional Licenses/Certifications: Pay rate Adjustment

The following are minimum requirements:

  • Framing, or carpentry labor experience or training.
  • Proven track record.
  • Ability to maximize opportunities and achieve and exceed personal goals.
  • Extremely self-motivated.
  • Strong leadership ability.
  • Hard working.
  • Competitive.
  • Strong customer service ability.
  • Excellent communication and organizational skills.
  • Ability to multi-task.
  • Background and/or interest in the Construction Industry.
  • Background check required.

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  • 90 Day Probationary Terms
  • $10-$15hr X 40hrs
    per Week
  • AED/CPR Safety Training
  • DEKTEX OSHA Review
  • Safety Equipment Reimbursement
  • DEKTEX Trex Installation Review
  • Review Determined Pay Scale Increment (1-12%)
  • No Infractions
  • No unexcused Absence
  • Apprentice
  • $15-$20hr X 40hrs
    per Week
  • DEKTEX Trex Installation Tier I
  • OSHA 60hr Certification
  • Personal Strengths Testing Complete
  • Shows Ability to Work Alone
  • Review Determined Pay Scale Increment (1-12%)
  • No Infractions
  • No unexcused Absence
  • 2nd Year Apprentice
  • $40K
    per Year
  • 1 Year DEKTEX Experience
  • Able to Supervise Crews
  • Insurance Benefits @50% (Single)
  • Profit Sharing (1%-12%)
  • Paid 4 Year training program
  • Earned Time Off (.134 x 40hrs)
  • 6,240 hours on-the-job training
  • 400 hours paid related instruction
  • 250 hours unpaid related instruction
  • Complete the Transition-To-Trainer course
  • 5th Year Journeyman/Supervisor
  • $60K
    per Year
  • 5 Years DEKTEX Experience
  • 1 Year Supervising Crews
  • Insurance Benefits@50% (Single)
  • Profit Sharing (1%-12%)
  • Continuing Education (Carpentry)
  • Earned Time Off (.269 x 40hrs)